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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05 Nov
Telemarketer solution

Most weeknights around the supper hour, the phone rings. On the other end is a telemarketer reading from a script. I know it's a telemarketer because they always say the same thing. They ask to speak to Mr or Mrs Christie. Andrew's a Thomson. I'm...

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04 Nov
Out of ideas

I've written and rewritten this post a dozen times. I had too many things to talk about and nothing to say. Having already paid tribute to The American Election on Accidental Hedonist earlier today, I wasn't sure what to post here. I know from all the...

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31 Oct
Happy Hallowe’en

I've never embraced the spooky side of Hallowe'en. Perhaps that's because my mother always dressed me as a clown. That's me as a 3-year-old Chuckles. Sorry it's so grainy. It's taken from a 40-plus-year-old roll of 8mm film. For my Hallowe'en post, I debated reviewing Vincent...

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29 Oct
Cure alls

When I was a child I had a very bad case of the mumps. Certain I wouldn't survive, I lay on the couch and did my five-year-old best to contemplate death. I don't recall any profound thoughts beyond "Ow, this really hurts." At the end of...

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28 Oct
Mulligatawny Soup

When I first heard of Mulligatawny soup, I had no idea what it was. The name sounded Irish to me. I envisioned a simple stew-like dish with hunks of long-simmered beef, thick rounds of overcooked carrots and potato wedges that would fall apart en route...

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27 Oct
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Oh the irony. The moment I perfect homemade chicken broth I head to bed with sinus congestion and a sneaky case of fatigue. You know the kind -- where you're well enough to feel guilty about lying in bed, but having hauled yourself half way...

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27 Oct
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Oh the irony. The moment I perfect homemade chicken broth I head to bed with sinus congestion and a sneaky case of fatigue. You know the kind -- where you're well enough to feel guilty about lying in bed, but having hauled yourself half way...

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23 Oct
Perfect Chicken Stock

Sorry if you were expecting another art shot. I chose this brightly coloured pottery bowl to illustrate how clear chicken stock should be, not tantalize you with a new soup. I have a confession. Until recently, I didn't understand the fuss about homemade stock. No wonder....

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22 Oct
Black Bean Soup

When I lived in Australia, I craved this soup. Really badly. I'm not sure if it was a classic case of wanting what you couldn't have or simply a tasty way to make it through the surprisingly chilly Australian winter. All I know is that I...

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