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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07 Jan
Whisky Works – Aging has begun

The first step of the Whisky Works project involved swelling the oak barrel with water for three days. Andrew emptied the water yesterday and filled the barrel with the provided whisky. The recovered water, pictured here, is light amber, almost the colour of urine. Not...

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06 Jan
Simple Scottish Red Lentil Soup

Mike Meyers once suggested all Scottish cuisine was based on a dare. I can see his point when faced with haggis, congealed oatmeal porridge or rock hard oat cakes. But I'd walk a highland mile for good shortbread, a smooth single malt or piping hot...

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03 Jan
Whisky Works – Making Hooch a Hobby

What do you get a man who already owns almost every single malt Scotland can produce? A whisky finishing set. They say every man needs a hobby...

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02 Jan
Pushing the Organic Envelope

Organic is a real buzz word these days. I've seen organic choco-bears cereal, organic peanut butter cup cookies and admit to indulging in embarrassing amounts of organic chocolate, myself. While all food is technically organic because it contains carbon, people assume if it's bears...

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01 Jan
Culinary Offerings for 2008

Being right can be a burden. As predicted, my success rate with last year's resolutions has been less than stellar. While I've managed to wrestle my grocery bag dependency into submission, I have yet to dive into Sally Schneider's The Improvisational Cook but instead amassed...

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30 Dec
Love It or Leave It Smoked Oyster Dip

With New Years parties just around the corner, I thought I'd provide a recipe that's easy and starts to fulfill my offer to create recipes around your favourite food combinations. Susan Kirk, who claims to be queen of bizarre food pairings, suggested oysters and mascarpone...

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14 Dec
Is this thing on?

Okay. Dark chocolate and ginger. There's another combination I adore. Does that help? Frankly, I'm a tad disappointed. No one responded to Wednesday's invitation to share their favourite food duos to win fabulous prizes. (Okay. A recipe.) Not even my husband. And after melting my coffee maker...

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12 Dec
I’ll show you mine if you show me yours

How far will you go to get an out of print cookbook you know only by reputation? If Nigel Slater is the author, I'm willing to Google until my mouse dies and my fingers ache. It took more than a year to find Slater's Appetite...

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11 Dec
Just Right Lemon Bars

In the past, I've confessed to losing recipes. While I've been good about entering "keepers" into my database, when it comes to lemon bars I've got a whole new problem. Oh, I can find the recipe all right. In fact, I can find six variations....

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08 Dec
Now then, some cheese please, my good man…

Every time I stand at a cheese counter, I think of Monty Python's classic skit. I play a little game with myself to see if they have any of the varieties John Cleese rhymes off. Once when the vendor asked if he could help me,...

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