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Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine by The Messy Baker

Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine

I’m not one for culinary deception. I have never understood why anyone would slip perfectly good spinach into brownie batter or sneak astringent cauliflower into banana muffins. Not only do the flavours conflict, such subterfuge gives respectable vegetables an inferiority complex. So, let me be perfectly clear. When I agreed to create a recipe for the Blend & Extend challenge, […]

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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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The Messy Garden – A Photo Essay

The lavender is blooming, the mint is growing like Audrey the Venus flytrap and summer is racing down the street like its sandals are on fire. Recipes can wait. The garden? It’s more time sensitive and never rests. After the rain today, I went outside to pick lavender to dry for baking. I ended up chasing […]

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Collage of all the recipes I entered in the OGB Challenge.

Dominion Day and the OGB Challenge

It’s July 1st, which means two things. One: It’s Dominion Day. My husband and I will be hanging around the patio trying to not drip rhubarb-raspberry ice cream on our matching Give Us Back Our Dominion Day t-shirts. He’s an historian and this small concession was part of the marriage contract. It keeps the peace, so what more can I say? Two: It’s […]

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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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