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Wildflowers in Valley Spring, Texas. Photos: Summer Anne Burton

Editor’s note: I’m the editor and founder of Tenderly, Summer Anne Burton. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that we haven’t been publishing as often as usual lately. Mostly, that’s been because of my personal problems, some of which I talk about here, and some of which are private. But, we’re coming back! I’ll be blogging here on a near-daily basis and we’ll be bringing in new contributors and your favorite columns are all coming soon. I’ll be writing a bit more next week about what Tenderly has in store and how you can be part of…


You can make this simple and yet elegant vegan cake with any favorite seasonal citrus, from tangerines to clementines

Overhead view of a cake still in its baking tin, resting on a wire rack. The cake is topped with 1 crosswise slice of orange in the center surrounded by 7 other slices.
Overhead view of a cake still in its baking tin, resting on a wire rack. The cake is topped with 1 crosswise slice of orange in the center surrounded by 7 other slices.

If winter citrus is part of your life, make the most of it with this extremely simple olive oil cake recipe. Whether it’s Cara Cara, Blood, or Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, or Meyer lemon, this cake works with the flavor of the citrus fruits for a pantry-friendly snacking cake that brings brightness to dreary days. It also looks beautiful, thanks to the supremed citrus on top becoming caramelized and getting jammy. This requires no frosting, not even a dusting of powdered sugar, because the fruit itself acts as all the texture, contrast, and acidic sweetness you need.

Making this cake begins…


Sanctuary Stories

Fur farms are slaughtering mink by the millions, but Olaf found a way out to the good life

A white-furred, pink-nosed mink looks curiously towards the camera lens from a hammock in a cage.
A white-furred, pink-nosed mink looks curiously towards the camera lens from a hammock in a cage.
Olaf at Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Photos provided and taken by Beth Randall, unless otherwise noted

When Beth Randall started feeling sick with Covid-19 symptoms in March, before testing was widely available, she knew right away she needed to stay out of the ferret and mink room at her sanctuary. As much of the world was just learning about the virus, the president and founder of Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in Northern Illinois was already aware that ferrets and mink are uniquely susceptible, and started taking precautions.

Today, Randall is recovered and well, but also heartbroken to learn that mink can spread the virus back to humans in mutated forms, leading to the culling of…


In a Pickle

Pickling mustard seeds in the fridge makes a wonderfully rich condiment that my secret ingredient duos enhance perfectly

A photo taken from above of a dark, maple-y glass jar of mustard with visible mustard seeds and a small spoon resting nearby
A photo taken from above of a dark, maple-y glass jar of mustard with visible mustard seeds and a small spoon resting nearby
Photos: Laura Vincent

Mustard is a truly superlative foodstuff, managing to embody humble diligence as easily as it can seem celebratory and luxurious, depending on whether it’s spread on toast or sitting next to the cranberry sauce and gravy. Either way: necessary. Non-negotiable, even. Making mustard from scratch — essentially, pickling mustard seeds — might seem overzealous when there’s perfectly good stuff at the supermarket, but it’s the work of minutes and tastes glorious: zingy, intense, each vinegar-swollen seed popping with flavor. Your future scrambles, sandwiches, roasts, marinades, sauces, soups, and pastas will be all the better for this mustard. …


Our dog died and nothing else has seemed to matter as much ever since — aka where I’ve been for three months

A black dog reclining in the author’s lap in a hammock above bright green grass
A black dog reclining in the author’s lap in a hammock above bright green grass
Jessie. Photos: Summer Anne Burton

I haven’t been getting anything done since election day. Like, nothing. I’m an extrovert, someone who derives a lot of my energy, creativity, and joy from socializing with others, and the pandemic had already squished my characteristic joie de vivre into a pebble before last November’s election night, triggering anxiety and depression that I was already treating with new medications and mostly-failed attempts to change my less healthy habits. …


Bartenderly

‘It’s not 2020 anymore!’ We can all cheers to that with this festive, warming-yet-refreshing seasonal cocktail for vegans and our friends.

A cloudy, refreshing ginger-colored drink on ice, with a mint sprig and a lavender backdrop
A cloudy, refreshing ginger-colored drink on ice, with a mint sprig and a lavender backdrop
Photos: Laura Vincent

Want a cocktail veganized? Bought a bottle of something and don’t know what to do with it? Need a cool mocktail? Want to make your own liqueur? We’ll drink to that. Bartenderly is here to make all your vegan drinking dreams come true. If you want to check on whether a specific brand of alcohol is vegan, I recommend Barnivore.

Here’s a drink to toast the monumentally exhausting year that just closed. This One-Two Punch recipe is so named because it’s equally serviceable for one or for many, with or without alcohol, as a seasonal cheer-bringer or as a Valentine’s…


Sanctuary Stories

Delilah is a special girl, a beautiful living reminder that turkeys are people too

A person in a blue flannel shirt, mask, and hat holds a cute young white turkey who seems to be looking at the camera
A person in a blue flannel shirt, mask, and hat holds a cute young white turkey who seems to be looking at the camera
Photos courtesy of Zoe Rosenberg

Driving past the slaughterhouse in Moroni, Utah, where countless turkeys are killed each year, Zoe Rosenberg, 18-year-old founder of Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary in California, says all you can see surrounding it are farms. “When you’re standing at the slaughterhouse, you can just look over and see the hills, sheds everywhere, for miles and mile and miles; hundreds of thousands of turkeys.” It’s from these farms, and at this slaughterhouse, where Rosenberg, along with activists from Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), have been rescuing turkeys for the past three years, in cooperation with the new slaughterhouse owner. …


Everyone deserves an absurdly fancy dessert on Christmas

A wreath made of stiff sweet white vegan meringue sits on a plate and is decorated with red berries and leaves
A wreath made of stiff sweet white vegan meringue sits on a plate and is decorated with red berries and leaves
Photos: Laura Vincent

Whether your Christmas this year will be spent with family, chosen family, whoever’s in your bubble, or in a more compact, cozy fashion with just yourself — everyone deserves a showstopper dessert. I know it seems outlandish to suggest making this for one person, but hear me out: eat it for breakfast, perhaps while watching comforting films or face-timing loved ones, enjoy a sugar-induced nap, rustle yourself up something savoury later on and finally reward yourself with more meringue wreath for dessert.

If you’re serving this beauty to a crowd you can be assured of their appreciative gasps — not…


Golden vegan St. Lucia buns (aka lussekatter) made by yours truly

Hello lovely people,

As always, hope you are all staying well and safe. ❤️

This past weekend was St. Lucia Day, a Swedish holiday meant to bring about hope and light during the darkest time of the year. During a year that has been so difficult and unforgiving, this day was a reminder for me that it is possible to hold two things at once; to hold grief and hope and see that both are important and true.

To honor the holiday, I veganized this recipe for St. Lucia buns — a delicious, lightly sweet saffron bun—with the help of…


Double rainbow over Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain. Photo: Juan Lopez Ruiz

Hi Tenderly pals!

Just wanted to start off by saying how grateful I am that you (yes, you!) are here and decided to open this newsletter and check out some things from Tenderly and beyond this week. Putting together this newsletter has been a bright spot for me lately, so I’m thankful for your interest and support!

From tofu pie to a delicious gift guide to stunning nature photos, here’s what I recommend checking out this week:

  • I grew up eating A LOT of silken tofu chocolate pudding, so this recent story really spoke to me. Blending silken tofu up…

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