Mom’s Rhubarb Punch

Mom's Rhubarb Punch | www.purplehousecafe.com

It might be getting a little too late for rhubarb, but I’m hoping, if you’re anything like me, that you’ve purchased or plucked extra rosy-green stalks and chopped and frozen or boiled down and canned a few to enjoy in the all-too-many months that rhubarb isn’t in season.

So, with that in mind, here’s one last rhubarb recipe from me this year.  It’s one of the things my mom is most famous for, along with chocolate zucchini cake and world-class soil science research.  No biggie, right?  

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On Vulnerability and Vegetables for Breakfast…Carrot, Pistachio and Honey Yogurt

Carrot, Pistachio and Honey Yogurt | www.purplehousecafe.com

As adults, I find that we rarely, truly confront discomfort.  We can go years without putting ourselves in that very vulnerable place of learning something new, being in a situation that scares us, or exploring the unknown with no way to predict what might happen.  In my work, I see women fighting with the inevitability of the unknown in birth:  for many, not knowing what will happen during the course of their labour and birth and not knowing whether they will achieve the outcomes they had hoped for is enough to send them into the throes of in-depth contingency planning or panic, or both.

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Mango Salad

Mango Salad | www.purplehousecafe.com

My job is to match pregnant mamas with doulas that they will love, who will carry the honour of being with the woman and her family during birth with care and attention and love.  Every so often, I get to match myself with a family, reminding me of why I cherish this work and how much I have to learn from the power of birthing women.

This spring I had the good fortune of working with a chef and her lovely family.  We communicated through words and food, with me bringing her a fortifying traditional Ethiopian postpartum dish just after she birthed, and she making me and my family an exquisite Thai meal a few weeks later.

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Rhubarb Ricotta Croissants

Rhubarb Ricotta Croissants | www.purplehousecafe.com

 So I was doing a bit of reflecting the other day, thinking about blogging, and why I’m here, what I want to say and what it means for me to be here.

And I realized that, aside from my friends who just so happen to follow me here, I’m not really sure who you are.  You occasionally comment, and sometimes share how you can relate to the stories I tell, or which recipes you’ve tried.  Sometimes those comments lead me to your website, where I find that you are telling compelling stories and taking beautiful photographs of your own.

But sometimes not.

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Strawberry Pop and Ginger-snap Cookies with Icing on Top

Strawberry Pop and Ginger-snap Cookies with Icing on Top | www.purplehousecafe.com  

My latest post for The Creative Mama went up this week – a little story about stories and a recipe for strawberry pop and ginger-snap cookies with icing on top.   Head on over there to check it out!