The Friday Poem: Maintenance

Recipe: Gluten Free Cherry Almond Cake

July is the month for cherries in New York State and it’s almost here! Give this one a try when you have some fresh sweet cherries.

Gluten-free Cherry Almond Cake


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 28 large fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 9 tablespoons almond flour
  • 9 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra light tasting olive oil
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a deep dish pie plate, or 9 X 9 square cake tin, with high sides, or a similar sized baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in the maple syrup using the microwave on 50% power for 1 minute (This can be done in your baking dish directly if it is microwave safe.)
  4. Arrange the cherry halves evenly in the maple syrup and butter.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorously.
  6. Allow cake batter to sit for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up.
  7. Pour cake batter over the cherries.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or until a knife or tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Serve warm or cold, it’s delicious either way.

The Friday Poem: Unplug

Poem: Once and Again

The poem this week is from a wonderfully inspiring workshop by master poet, Akua Lezli Hope.

The Friday Poem: Time for Nature