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.

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01 Aug
The Messy Baker Pin It to Win It Contest

Recently I talked about the angst of  publishing a book. But that’s only part of the story. Anxiety has loosened its grip and every time I think it’s just a dream, I walk into my front foyer and look at the big box of books sitting...

Extra-Crispy Peach and Blueberry Crisp by The Messy Baker.
21 Jul
Extra-Crispy Peach and Blueberry Crisp

Writing a book is a lot like working in theatre. “Hurry up and wait!” is the mantra. You learn your lines (or write them in this case), hit your marks (deadlines) and then wait. For months. You watch the clock, the calendar and your nails...

Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine by The Messy Baker
08 Jul
Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine

I’m not one for culinary deception. I have never understood why anyone would slip perfectly good spinach into brownie batter or sneak astringent cauliflower into banana muffins. Not only do the flavours conflict, such subterfuge gives respectable vegetables an inferiority complex. So, let me be perfectly clear. When I...

Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Messy Baker
05 Jul
Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-bake shortbreads can be perfectly uniform and not put me off. I’ve no issue when one gingersnap looks exactly like the next. But I don’t trust chocolate chip cookies unless they resemble a culinary version of the Rorschach test. Although roughly the same size, each should bake...

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03 Jul
The Messy Garden – A Photo Essay

The lavender is blooming, the mint is growing like Audrey the Venus flytrap and summer is racing down the street like its sandals are on fire. Recipes can wait. The garden? It’s more time sensitive and never rests. After the rain today, I went outside to pick lavender...

Collage of all the recipes I entered in the OGB Challenge.
01 Jul
Dominion Day and the OGB Challenge

It’s July 1st, which means two things. One: It’s Dominion Day. My husband and I will be hanging around the patio trying to not drip rhubarb-raspberry ice cream on our matching Give Us Back Our Dominion Day t-shirts. He’s an historian and this small concession was part of the marriage contract. It keeps...

Rhubarb-raspberry ice cream by The Messy Baker/
30 Jun
Rhubarb-Raspberry Ice Cream

Remember the colour wheel from Grade 6 art class where you learned that blue and orange were complementary colours and if you mixed them together you got icky khaki brown? Eventually, you or the evil genius in the next row figured out all the complementary...

Rhubarb-Raspberry Loaf and Muffins by The Messy Baker
29 Jun
Rhubarb-Raspberry Loaf and Muffins

Everything’s behind schedule. The spring bulbs, the roses, the fruit. And me. Especially me. While I chastise myself for tardiness, I’m actually pleased that Mother Nature is dragging her earth-encrusted feet. Here it is, almost July, and I’m harvesting armloads of rhubarb with leaves as...

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24 Jun
Chocolate Mint Ice Cream — A Photo Essay

Ask and you shall receive. A couple of weeks ago, I posted to Instagram a shot of my recently purchased, tiny chocolate mint plant. I asked if I should make ice cream or tea. The resounding answer was ice cream. If you insist. This was a total experiment....

Muffin-Cup Smoked Sugar Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberrie
20 Jun
Smoked Sugar Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberries

Day 5. Recipe 5. I’m out of barbecue tools and the propane’s running low. What I’m not short on is enthusiasm for my new grill. Every day this week I’ve been serving up dishes designed for flame and test driving grill gadgets sent to me courtesy...

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