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.

09 May
Happy Mother’s Day

I'm getting lazy. Last year I posted a video tribute to my mother. Maurice Chevalier crooned about the virtues of little girls while a slide show of my mother (clipped somewhat inelegantly from my parents' 50th anniversary video) scrolled by in all its sepia glory. This...

08 May
Flavoured Sugars in Time for Mother’s Day

While my frugal vanilla sugar relied on a long, slow infusion with used vanilla pods, you can whip up some lovely homemade sugars right now in time for Mother's Day.   If you're like me, you've left things to the last minute. And if your mom is...

06 May
Restaurant Purse Hanger

When I saw this in the shop, the design caught my eye. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I wanted one. I can be like that. After a few minutes of spinning the painted enamel disk round and round on its arm, I...

05 May

I overheard this snippet of conversation in the independent Italian green grocer's near my house: Customer: Where's your margarine? Manager: We don't sell margarine, only butter. I love this place. Photos © islandspice. Published under a Creative Commons License....

04 May
Homemade Version of Starbucks Oat and Fruit Bars

I had hoped to post on Friday, but this is how my first attempt at the requested Starbucks Oat and Fruit Bars turned out. They tasted great, but I had to eat them with a spoon. If Anja wanted granola, I could have just pointed you...

30 Apr
Scotch Marmalade Recipe

Andrew might have dropped the jar of whisky, but I dropped the ball. Two posts on Scotch Marmalade and no recipe? I thought I'd linked the original story to the article, but it turns out I hadn't. And people have noticed. This is my variation on...

29 Apr
Scotch Marmalade Update

Five spices, 750 ml of scotch, 30 days and one poorly-fitted lid. Do you see where this is going? Our Scotch Marmalade experiment was a success. Or a failure. It all depends on how you look at it. Either way, Diva on a Diet was right when...

28 Apr
Fennel — My official apology

Until recently fennel was a spice I ignored. If I saw it in a recipe, I skipped it. After all, it was usually one of fifteen other spices in a curry. Who'd notice it was missing? But this past week I came across a couple of...

27 Apr
Modern Spice

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm fessing up to a personal relationship with the author of Modern Spice. Although I've never met Monica Bhide in person, I took her excellent food writing course, have exchanged dozens (perhaps hundreds) of emails with her and we've...

24 Apr
Reader Question: Starbucks Oat Bars

This week's challenge has far fewer restrictions but a twist of its own. It comes from my friend Anja, who writes: Can you replicate a recipe from Starbucks? They have an oat bar that I love, but haven't been able to replicate it myself....

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