Fruit

Concord Grape Sherbet by The Messy Baker.
Concord Grape Sherbet

Concord Grapes leave me conflicted. They fill up my senses in a way that would do John Denver proud. They also break my heart. When I see their deep blue-purple skins overflowing the baskets at the market stalls the joyful, creative part of me wants...

Currant Sour Cherry Jam infused with a bay leaf - TheMessyBaker.com
Bay-Infused Currant Sour Cherry Jam with Almond

I was very young and very fussy. No. Not so much fussy as "discerning." I ate a wide range of food with great pleasure. However, when I disliked something, I was inflexible. More than once I sat alone at the dinner table with an uneaten plate...

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Cooked Jam with Frozen Fruit | Raspberry Currant Jam

Cherries, currants and raspberries arrive at such an inconvenient time. It's hot. It's often humid. And our old stone house holds the summer heat like a wood-fired brick oven. Once the warm weather has worked its way into the walls, I'm hesitant to fry a...

Dried peaches made in a food dehydrator - TheMessyBaker.com
8 Reasons to buy a Food Dehydrator

My bedroom closet houses clothes, shoes, a cat-clawed housecoat, my knitting needle collection and a food dehydrator. Too wide for our narrow pantry, this unit spends most of the year in a corner of my closet looking like an abandoned R2-D2 action figure on Boxing...

Concord Grape Pie - TheMessyBaker.com
Canadian Food Experience Project – Concord Grape Pie

My Cherished Canadian Recipe Everyone in my immediate family uses the same shortbread recipe. We got it from my mother, who got it from her mother, who got it from a rather odd neighbour. My grandmother wanted the recipe so badly she dutifully wrote out the...

Peach Melba Ice Cream melting - TheMessyBaker.com
Peach Melba Ice Cream

The other day I admitted I had a great big culinary knowledge gap. Oh, I was willing to share my apricot ignorance, but I was a bit smug about peaches. I considered myself a veritable Ms Know-It-All when it came to my favourite stone fruit....

Apricot Pistachio Tart - TheMessyBaker.com
Filling the Knowledge Gap – Apricot Pistachio Tart

Ever feel like you're the last person to learn something? For example, did you know WTF does not stand for "What's the fuss?" Or maybe you were absent for the lesson on narwhals. How else would you know they're real creatures and not some Disney...

Mushroom Stuffed with Plums and Hazelnuts — TheMessyBaker
Stuffed Mushrooms with Plums and Hazelnuts

Perhaps it's the difference between European and North American sizes. Maybe our crops are bigger and our platters smaller. If shown the same mushroom, would French and Canadian eaters argue over whether it was small, medium or large? I don't know. But I do know...

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Hazelnut-Stuffed Baked Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

Gravity. It makes things fall. It's why sauces drip and eggs crash to the floor when dropped. It's why coffee pours out of the carafe and into the mug -- not onto the ceiling. It's why the milk bottle stays on the shelf after you...

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Chocolate & Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Next time I go to the Farmers' Market, stuff wax in my ears and lash me to the shopping cart. Cherries are the Sirens of the fruit world and I can't resist them unaided. Last week, I ventured forth on a mission to buy easy-to-hull strawberries...

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