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.

06 Oct
Whisky Works — As the Barrel Turns (Special Nosing Edition)

Who is this man, why is he grinning and what are his intentions with our barrel? Riding on the coattails of the recent local wine post (assuming blog posts have coattails) we're revisiting our whisky aging project and have brought in a local artist to flog...

04 Oct
Local Saturday — wine edition

I've been rather lax with my weekly local food report. After a strong start with surprisingly delicious vegan cupcakes, I spluttered. However, this week I'm back on track thanks in part to a group of wine writers who are hoping to get readers to Drink...

03 Oct
Italian Dessert Week – Salute

I want to make you tooth-breaking biscotti to dip in your cappuccino. I want to make you flaky, sugar-dusted crostini that shatters as you bite. I want to make you hazelnut gelato so smooth and creamy Italian phrases will roll from your tongue without effort. But there are...

02 Oct
Italian Dessert Week – Zabaglione

This dessert furthers my theory that Italians like to keep their hands busy. Zabaglione is no make-ahead time saver. You're frothing like a mad fiend right up to the moment of serving. And it takes a good 10 to 15 minutes of uninterrupted whipping to...

01 Oct
Italian Dessert Week – Fig Failure

Photo © gardenghelle, published under a Creative Commons License. When I was in Italy, the language barrier was more an invisible fence than an insurmountable stone wall. With a few stock phrases, a smattering of French, and emphatic hand gestures, I'd run around all day exploring...

30 Sep
Italian Dessert Week – Baci Brownies

Baci chocolates are one of my all-time favourite treats. Not only do I get a mouthful of a beloved flavour combination -- chocolate and hazelnut -- each candy comes with a little love note. How wonderfully Italian. So when I saw the recipe for Baci Brownies...

29 Sep
Italian Dessert Week — Say Cheese

When I was visiting friends in Italy, dessert was often a platter of cheese. The local creations they presented were unique to the region. Some were even homemade. I'm ashamed to say I was often too full of gnocchi or some other delicious main course...

29 Sep

Music might have charms to soothe the savage breast, but it can also inspire. Many writers rely on the beat of their favourite tunes to keep them tapping on the keyboard long after the adrenaline rush of a looming deadline has faded. So today, we ask...

26 Sep
Forgive me. Please.

There must be something wrong with me. For lunch today, I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich with 5-year-old orange cheddar on whole wheat European-style sourdough bread. And what did I do to it? Burned it? No. It was crispy golden brown. Dropped it? No. It made...

25 Sep
Group therapy or peer pressure?

Good things come in bunches. Like carrots. When I saw these at the Farmers' Market I was impressed by the sheer volume. I don't think the carrots would have had the same impact if there had been only a handful. And a single carrot? Well, I...

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