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.

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...

26 May
Rainy Day Oatmeal Cookies

It's raining here today and whenever we get one of those grey, nothing-but-drizzle days, I want to bake. Nothing healthy. Nothing fancy. Just something old-fashioned and down-to-earth. According to my mother, I come by this impulse honestly. Apparently, my grandmother hated the rain and on...

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23 May
Basil and Walnut Green Beans

I've always had firm opinions about food. Even as a child you couldn't trick me into eating tinned corn. Frozen was fine, fresh even better, but it if came from a can, I'd have nothing of it. Peas were just as bad -- in any...

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