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To celebrate the 1 month countdown to Christmas, here is the Jess’s Messes Christmas Competition. Just Like the Jess’s Messes Facebook Page to have a chance to win your choice of Jess’s Messes Christmas Treat Boxes RRP £18.25 (see options here:
Winner will be chosen by my lovely nephew at the official beginning of Christmas – Monday 1st December! Goooooood Luck to you all.


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Jess’s Messes Quick and Easy Marvellous Mulled Wine Recipe

Marvellous Mulled Wine It’s that time of year again, where Christmas comes a-calling. The snow is falling (in theory) and the mince pies are baking, all that’s missing is that perfect winter warmer drink to warm you to your toes. Here’s a quick and simple Jess’s Messes mulled wine recipe, that you can put together with little expense and within a few short minutes.

What do you need? 

Serves 4

750ml Red Wine

2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Orange

6 Cloves

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 Slices Lemon

What do you do?

1. Empty the wine into a standard saucepan.

2. Add sugar, orange (studded with cloves) and cinnamon stick.

3. Stir to ensure sugar has dissolved and simmer slowly (do not boil) for around 10 minutes.

4. Serve with a slice of lemon. If using a glass be very careful that it’s not too hot, to ensure the glass doesn’t smash and extremely careful you don’t burn yourself on it – I’m not trying to be patronising, just a concerned lady! 🙂

Enjoy the Christmassy goodness!!P1080356100_3218

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A Weekend of Jolly Jars

Well, what more can I say – I am the LUCKIEST lady in the world. I had a massive amount of Jolly Jars to make for the Jess’s Messes Festive Feasts this year, the prospect was not a particularly ‘Jolly’ one, but then, along came my lovely Mum and Dad. They helped out every step of the way and were the most wonderful Sous Chefs and made the Jess’s Messes Hamper making experience truly Jolly – I’m so grateful and wanted to publicly thank them, so…..


So, this is just a little post to show you exactly what goes into your Jolly Jars. Everything is made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. I think the best way to describe this is to show in images. So here they are:

Fresh Ingredients to start

The ingredients

Colourful Vegetables

More ingredients

Mandolin and Goggles

Noel in Goggles

Making Chilli Sauce

Kate with Chillies

Cooking and pans


Less fresh food

Disappearing ingredients

Red Onion Marmalade

Red Onion Marmalade

compost bin


Christmas Mulled Wine

Much needed mulled wine

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam

Jolly Jars

Jolly Jars

Fresh food into jars

144 finished jars

Merry Christmas Noel

I knew he loved it really


Jolly Jars

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Winter Warmer: Easy Steak & Mushroom Pie Recipe

steak pie recipeThe days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and the snow is drawing in. This may appear negative, but this means one thing and one thing only for Jess’s Messes – CHRISTMAS! Ok, so it means 2 things, Christmas and Winter Warmers. Sometimes there’s nothing better than being curled up in front of the fire, in your pyjamas with a steaming winter warmer and a glass of mulled wine. So to celebrate this time of year and the joy of winter warmers, here is a lovely and easy Steak & Mushroom Pie recipe.

What do you need?

Shortcrust Pastry

55g Butter

100g Plain Flour

1 Tsp Salt

Steak Filling

400g Braising Steak (Diced)

1 Tbsp Plain Flour

10ml Rapeseed Oil

1 White Onion (Sliced)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)

1 Tsp Thyme

200g Button Mushrooms

250ml Red Wine

800ml Beef Stock

Salt & Pepper

What do you do?

1. First job is to season the beef. Place flour, salt & pepper in a bowl and toss the beef in seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a pan and empty steak into pan – cook quickly until all browned.

2. Add onions, garlic and thyme, and cook on a lower heat, until onions have softened. Add mushrooms and cook for around 5 minutes.

3. Add wine and turn heat up to boil, when wine has almost disappeared add beef stock and bring to the boil again.

4. Turn the heat down to a simmer and leave for around 1 1/2 hours.

5. Meanwhile make the pastry – grate the butter into a bowl and add flour and salt. Rub together until in a breadcrumb like texture. Add 1 Tbsp of water and combine pastry together into a ball. place in the fridge until ready to use.

6. After 1 1/2 hours taste your ‘stew’ and season to taste. Transfer into an ovenproof dish.

7. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200°C. Roll out your pastry to about 1/2 cm thick and place on top of the ‘stew’.

8. Place in the oven for around 25-30 minutes. Serve with potato and greens of your choice.

The ultimate comfort food!




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Christmas Hampers for Sale!!

I have abandoned the Jess’s Messes blog recently. It’s been a busy, busy time getting everything ready for the new Jess’s Messes website and for Christmas. Here’s a little post about the lovely, festive, fresh Christmas Hampers I will be offering this year, and tomorrow I will return with a recipe of the week!

This year I will be selling slightly different hampers, as they will be festive boxes, crammed full of treats and tasty delights. This decision has been taken for many reasons, but the best one – I can offer more food for your money, whilst also keeping the Hampers affordable and some of the best value for money Hampers around.

This is an example Christmas Treat Box I am selling this year:

Magical Mixed Delightsmagical

For those of you who like a little bit of everything, this box is a great choice. The Magical Mixed Delights Box includes:

  • Gorgeous Gingerbread Trees
  • Captivating Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cheery Cheese & Cayenne Crackers
  • Tasty Tomato & Herb Bread Rolls
  • Beautiful Butterscotch Sauce
  • Outstanding Orange Marmalade
  • Cheeky Chilli Sauce
  • Tangy Tomato Jam

Another new offering this year, is that people are able to buy Individual items, which not only gives you chance to make your own hampers up, but also means you can buy yourself a tasty little treat as a reward for doing your Christmas shopping early.

One example of this is a tube of Jess’s Messes Secret Shortbread for only £3.85

secret shortbread

View all the items for sale here

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