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    out of the mess

    Hi

    What does "out of the mess"mean in the following context?

    "Out of the mess, I make a dozen ideal shortbread wedges, perfect in shape and flavor."

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: out of the mess

    I assume that the previous sentences have mentioned the writer mixing together flour, eggs, water, etc.

    We can have no real idea of what the 'mess' is, unless you tell us what was written before this sentence.
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    Re: out of the mess

    Yes, the previous sentences have mentioned the writer mixing together flour, egges, water, etc.
    So, in such context, does "out of the mess" mean "out of the dough"?

    Thanks for the kind help.

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    Re: out of the mess

    Not really, no. The dough would be what you make out of the mess! It's really just a way of saying that he had a big pile of ingredients, rather messily laid out, perhaps all just thrown into a bowl but not yet mixed together to make an identifiable food or dough. It's just a "big mess of ingredients, out of which he made shortbread".

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