Desserts

Cones of Apricot Sherbet with Black Currant Sauce
Apricot Sherbet with Black Currant Sauce

Seasons jumble in my head. Apricots and black currants are oh-so summer, except when the apricots are peaches and the currants are jam. Then it’s late fall -- Thanksgiving to be specific. Confused? So am I. I started out with two tasks on my agenda 1) make...

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

Rhubarb-raspberry ice cream by The Messy Baker/
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
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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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
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...

Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies by The Messy Baker
Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies

Mother’s Day 2014 [caption id="attachment_16426" align="alignnone" width="800"] Photo courtesy the amazingly talented Ryan Szulc.[/caption] When I think of chocolate it’s hard not to think of my mother. She made boozy chocolate torte so full of liqueur and whipped cream it was one generous jigger away from dissolving...

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Maple Syrup — A Regional Food

Two years ago, almost to the day, I went maple syruping at a friend's farm. (Click the link! Go on. Not only will you learn how it's done, there's a photo of a really handsome dog.) The sky was overcast but the air was damp. And...

Crostoli dusted with icing sugar
Crostoli or Frappe du Carnaval

It's Shrove Tuesday and everyone's flipping pancakes and frying fritters. Me? I'm trying my hand at crostoli — a crispy, fried dough so light it's almost like you're not eating. Variations appear throughout Europe with different names and different shapes, but the distinctive blistered dough...

Blood Orange Cherry Muffins by The Messy Baker.
Blood Orange and Cherry Muffins

Be careful what you wish for. Earlier I begged for sunshine, and lots of it, as I gobbled blood oranges as fast as I could peel them.  I should have specified "with warm temperatures." Mother Nature granted my request— in letter, not spirit. For the...

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