Blog Post List

This blog post list contains the most recent blog posts from The Messy Baker in reverse chronological order. You can also browse by recipe category or use the search function.

02 Aug
Fighting Fire with Fire Green Curry

While North Americans turn to ice-cold drinks in an attempt to counteract this percolating heat, these frosty beverages provide little more than temporary relief and the odd ice cream headache. Perhaps it's time we gave up our flirtation with Freon and trifled with more tropical...

01 Aug
Bottoms Up

I'm contemplating beverage relief from this tenacious heatwave. I know that water is the best thing for me right now, but have guzzled so much I make sloshing noises when I walk. In keeping with my strict don't drink and write policy, I'll forego the...

28 Jul

I've created a monster. My husband, who likes caramel, took exception to yesterday's blog. During his defense of this over-used flavour, we wound up in a face off over the correct pronunciation of caramel. He, despite his PhD, pronounced it "CAR-mel". Well, as a former ESL...

27 Jul
The Great Caramel Assault

Every few years the food industry picks a new pet flavour. It's not exactly "new", but they add it to existing products to create "new and improved" versions of old goods to increase buyer interest. A few years ago mint was all the rage. Mint...

26 Jul
From Scratch Moroccan Chicken

I'm not a particularly patient person, which is why some people are amazed that I take the time to cook from scratch. Well, if the powers that be made better convenience foods, I might reconsider, but currently, that's not an option. Most tinned or pre-packaged...

25 Jul
Tuscan Sausages

I was looking through some old family recipes and noticed how short they were. The instructions, and sometimes even the amounts given for the ingredients, assumed you know how to make the dish. These recipes served mainly to prod the memory, not teach. Unlike the...

21 Jul
Good Neighbour Zucchini Bisque

My neighbour gave me a pint of butter yellow beans plucked from her garden about a half hour ago. I'm ashamed to say this act of generosity brought out my selfish streak as I briefly considered gobbling the entire batch for lunch by myself. Not...

20 Jul
Kitchen Nightmares

Sometimes I wonder if the people who code the settings for spam filters have large portions of their life savings invested in pharmaceutical companies. Why else would I be deluged with Viagra ads while legitimate e-mails from editors are directed to the junk box? I ranted...

19 Jul

I just installed the latest Mac OS system and decided to check out a new-to-me feature called Dashboard. Its sole purpose is to provide me with widgets. Lots and lots and lots of widgets. "What are widgets?" you may ask (as I did). According to...

18 Jul
Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are truly upon us. Yesterday's record-breaking high brought air so thick and humid I felt like I was cloaked in a steaming, wet towel. It was the sort of day Noel Coward referred to when he wrote, "Mad dogs and...

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