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.

17 Jul
Sangria Slushie

It's stinking hot here and only going to get worse. The weather report predicts a high of 35C (95F). Factor in the humidity and the term "unbearably hot" applies. At this point, numbers cease to have relevance. You can't tell whether your skin's clammy with...

13 Jul
Best not to ask

People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made. -- Otto von Bismarck Sometimes it's best not to know what you're eating. I wouldn't be a calamari convert had I been able to read the menu that...

12 Jul
Don’t try this at home

I was delighted when my friend Caroline gave me some bee balm (or bergamot for the botanically correct). Not only does it produce a lovely red puff ball of a flower, it's also the plant that gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste. The aromatic leaves...

11 Jul
Leftover Dilemma

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. -- Calvin Trillin My mother calls a freshly prepared meal "first-overs". Ninety percent of the time, this is the way to go,...

10 Jul
Viva Italia

No one in our neighbourhood could have missed the fact that Italy won the World Cup yesterday. We live a couple of blocks from the Italian-Canadian Club who were hosting their Italian Festival during the soccer finals. The horn honking and flag waving started almost...

07 Jul
Cookbook Dilemma

I was at the bookstore with my husband the other day and he pulled a gorgeous cookbook from the shelf. It was the follow-up to the one he gave me two Christmases ago. The one that is so beautiful I feel I should wear gloves...

05 Jul
Aren’t We Lucky?

Last month I had the opportunity to chat with an elderly British woman who knew my grandfather. He was stationed overseas in England during the war and used to lodge with her family when on leave. Mrs. Dodd remembered him fondly, not just for his...

04 Jul
Red and Orange

This was a week of firsts, and it's only Tuesday. Yesterday, I saw a two adult cardinals teaching a fledgling to fly. At first I wondered how anyone can live for more than four decades without witnessing this event. I asked around, and it turns out,...

03 Jul
Morning Coffee

If you're like me, the simple thought of food first thing in the morning makes your toes curl and stomach lurch. I'm sure this is my body's way of keeping me away from the fridge before I'm awake enough to tell the difference between milk...

30 Jun
Pancakes in The Patio

Tomorrow is Canada Day and my family usually gathers sometime during the long weekend for a tradition we call Pancakes in The Patio. As the title suggests, we get together and eat pancakes. On the patio. In fact, we make the pancakes on the patio....

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