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.

13 Jun
Anger Management

I shouldn't have been so hasty to slag Scottish cuisine yesterday. While I find haggis revolting, oatmeal is one of my comfort foods, providing it arrives in dessert form. Porridge is another story, but I digress. When my computer woes went from bad to worse yesterday,...

12 Jun
Special Place in Hell

There's a special place in Hell for spammers. I spent a good chunk of my morning deleting postmaster notifications of delivery errors for e-mails I never sent. Apparently, someone near and dear to me has not been very diligent about their e-mail hygiene and caught...

09 Jun
Food porn

I'm beginning to wonder if food has gone the way of reality TV. Seems to me it's all about looks, lacks substance, and is hell bent for leather in its quest for the most outlandish production possible. No wonder one critic called haute cuisine "food...

08 Jun
When bad things happen to good cooks

The other day I suggested sangria can raise pedestrian wine to the level of ambrosia. So you won't think I'm some kind of miracle worker, please understand that while I'm good at salvaging borderline booze, I've been known to take perfectly good ingredients and render...

07 Jun
Food – the universal language

I used to teach adult ESL classes and regardless of the students' ethnicity, age or gender, food was the run away favourite theme. The mandatory units on driving often fell short since not everyone had a car or license. For some families, banking was a...

06 Jun
Kitchen Sink Sangria

Monty Python once said of Australian plonk, "This is a wine that should be put down...

05 Jun
Maxed out

What does it say about me that for my birthday my husband got me a wine pump, a travel-inspired cook book and four slabs of gourmet dark chocolate? He may not be romantic, but he knows me so well. But then again, I'm pretty easy to...

31 May
The Late Great Chef Lindsay

This is a photo of my late uncle Lindsay. When he died last December I had no idea he would return to me in the hazy smoke of the barbecue grill. After all, my strongest memories of him involve his annual post-dinner Christmas snooze on...

31 May
Six Degrees of Separation Black Bean Salad

Cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate. My best friend says it tastes like soap, which it doesn't -- and believe me, I should know (see my post on Turkish Delight). While I could eat it by the handful and...

29 May
Calamari Convert

People are strange. Some won't taste anything new, even if everyone around is raving about it. Others are so adventuresome you wonder if they're really that open-minded or lost a bet. I find it reassuring when I meet someone who's willing to try something, but...

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