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MESS OF THE WEEK (3) Pleasy Cheesy Souffle

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So, I first made Cheese Souffl茅 when on placement and although I’m not the biggest fan of eating it, it is ‘such fun’ to make! Everyone seems to find making souffl茅s a challenge, but it’s not that difficult really, just make sure you DON’T open the oven when cooking! 馃榾 Enjoy!


50g flour

50g butter

150ml milk, warmed

100g strong cheese

4 large egg yolks

5 large egg whites


  1. Melt the butter in a pan, careful not to burn, add flour gradually and stir.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the milk and nutmeg and bring to boil.
  3. Slowly add the milk to the butter mixture, whilst stirring.
  4. Add cheese so it melts into the mixture, leaving a few chunks of cheese unmelted.
  5. Leave the mixture to cool and separate the eggs. Whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks.
  6. When the mixture is cool, add the egg yolks and mix well.
  7. Gradually add the egg whites. Fold in gently, careful to maintain air in the egg whites. Season.
  8. Completely butter and flour each souffl茅 mould. Add mixture so 戮 full.
  9. Bake in oven for 17 minutes at gas mark 5.
  10. Serve with a rocket, tomato and onion salad, ooorrrrrrrrrrr if you’re feeling more adventurous: rocket, poached pear and toasted walnut salad.


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Jess’s first attempt at bread

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So, for father’s day I made dad a meal, a few days late because of working, but eventually I got round to it. I made a few things, but the main was a Mediterranean Fish Stew and I decided that crusty bread would be best with it, therefore decided to make my own. It was my first attempt, and although it looks slightly peculiar, it worked quite well, and I will be making much more! Loads of flavours too!

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MESS OF THE WEEK (2) Phuket, Just make a Thai Green Curry

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Tasty tasty thai green curry. My dad’s genius name! I hope it doesn’t offend anyone! The recipe is done with prawns, but it’s fantasmical to do with fish, nice meaty white fish like Monkfish, it just takes on the flavours ridiculously well, or use chicken. Or can do it vegetarian style, using some potatoes to give it some substance and various green veg that you like! Also, either take out or add more chillies depending on how spicy you like the curry. This makes a medium spiced one! 馃檪 Enjoy!


Thai Green Curry Paste

4 Green Bird Eye chillies (seeds removed)

2 Lemongrass stalks (peeled and roughly chopped)

2 Garlic cloves (peeled)

3cm cube Ginger (peeled and roughly chopped)

1 lime (zest and juice)

10g Lime leaves (fresh or frozen NOT DRIED)

2 Tbsp Fish Sauce

2 Tbsp Sesame oil to combine into paste

30g Coriander


200g Raw King Prawns

400ml coconut milk

2 limes (Juice and Zest)

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

100g Spinach

20g Coriander

240g Thai Sticky Rice


1. Place all paste ingredients in food processor and blitz to paste.

2. Place curry paste in pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until smells aromatic.

3. Add the prawns to the pan and stir until all are covered in the paste and begin to turn pink.

4. Add the coconut milk, lime zest and juice and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Meanwhile put the rice and 300ml water in a pan and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Add the fish sauce, check the taste and add more if needed.

7. Add the spinach and coriander and cook for a further 3 minutes, serve with sticky rice

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Salad Spinner

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So, I have finally decided, as I’m no longer an official student, it is time to start eating healthily and doing exercise. I’ve got the 1st spinning lesson booked for this evening (could be interesting….) and for my lunch I went WILD and invested in a salad. I’m usually suspicious of salad bar salads, don’t usually think they would actually be that healthy. However, this one is from Waitrose (who I have every faith in) and I chose carefully, no croutons or those little bacon-ey, fatty, tasty little things and I thought the colours of this little beauty were wonderful, so decided to share it with you. So, the health kick begins, I wonder how long it will last for?…………

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MESS OF THE WEEK (1) – Zuzjshy Lemon avec Balmy Basil Panacotta (with Rollicking Raspberry Relish)

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This recipe was created for Mother’s day this year. My Mama loooooooves her creamy desserts and loves lemon, but I felt the basil would add a little something extra to this dessert, and the Raspberry Relish (just a coulis, but I LOVE alliteration) adds an extra flavour dimension. A lovely light dessert too!!! For cream lovers like Kate Barrowclough this is the perfect end to any meal!
For 4 portions of – Zuzjshy Lemon avec Balmy Basil Panacotta (with Rollicking Raspberry Relish)
350ml Double Cream
30g Caster Sugar
2 Lemon (juice & zest of one)
30g Fresh Basil
2 Leaves Gelatine
200g Raspberries
30g Icing sugar
1. Slowly heat the cream, sugar, 1 of the lemon’s juice and zest on a medium heat on the hob, until all sugar has dissolved.
2. Keep aside 4 Nice pieces of Basil for presentation. Blanch the rest (including stalks) in boiling hot water for 10 seconds. Strain and place in ICE COLD water to stop them cooking! Leave for 2 minutes then strain and pat dry with some PAPIERE (kitchen paper).
3. Chop the Basil finely and place in cream mix.
4. Place Gelatine in warm water for 3 minutes to soften slightly and then place in cream and stir in until dissolved.
5. Let mixture cool and pour into ramekins. Place in fridge and leave to set for at least 4 hours.
6. Brrrrrrrrup (mix) together Raspberries, juice of remaining Lemon and Icing sugar in food processor for 20 seconds or so.
7. Place mix in sieve and push through (collecting coulis in a bowl – don’t lose it down the sink!). Leave to cool in fridge!
8. Serve Pannacotta and coulis together, if you’re feeling very adventurous you could make some spun sugar -I don’t think it’s very safe though and don’t want to be responsible for injuries, so I won’t write how to do that on here – Googlify it!
Enjoy Enjoy!
Love Jess

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To begin again

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So, about a year ago I attempted a blog, but lost interest very quickly. The time has come again to use this and spread the word more about Jesses Messes. It has developed in a year, with not just being a recipe book, but making cakes, snacks and treats and selling them at lovely little local events! The book is currently under development and the THIRD EDITION will be created very shortly, with a better layout, little stories about every dish and most importantly: more and better recipes!
Now it begins then, I will endeavour to produce a ‘Recipe of the week‘, keep updates about the book and any other events I go to, but also discuss my food experiences, of which (now I have a job) I hope there will be many!