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Black Currant Jam

When I was very little, I thought my mother knew everything. Absolutely everything. If I had a question, she had an answer. If I had a problem, she had a solution. She cured my near-fatal bout of the mumps with teeny-tiny vanilla cupcakes. She could find any confiscated lost article within minutes. And, she was definitely […]

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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 black currant jam for Thanksgiving, and 2) bake an […]

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Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Messy Baker

Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-bake shortbreads can be perfectly uniform and not put me off. I’ve no issue when one gingersnap looks exactly like the next. But I don’t trust chocolate chip cookies unless they resemble a culinary version of the Rorschach test. Although roughly the same size, each should bake into its own unique shape with a different mix of goodies waiting […]

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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 colour sets (purple & yellow, green & red) did the same, and […]

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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 big as tennis racquets and stalks as thick as a yard stick […]

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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. And it turned out well. The only issue […]

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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 Ontario Gas BBQ. If you like protein, there’s plenty […]

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