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Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea

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Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea – Jess’s Messes Style

I was trying to decide what to do for my Mum for Mother’s Day earlier this year. I know she loves Afternoon Tea, but I didn’t want to do just a standard, normal Afternoon Tea. Yes, Jess’s Messes is all about the flavour, however this time the presentation had to be special.

Another love of my Mum’s is cricket, so the idea developed from there. Here is my Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea:

The table display – with essential Pimms
Brownie Scoreboard, Shortbread ECB Logo

Bacon Bat, Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Ball and Pesto and Roasted Veg Pitches
Red Pesto and Grissini Wickets
Shortbread and Chocolate Soil Paul Collingwood
Broken Paul Collingwood 😦
The whole meal


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Choccywoccydoodah

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Choccywoccydoodah Dipping Pot – pure joy!

 Recently I took a trip to Brighton for my lovely friend Ali’s Hen Do!

It was a fantastic weekend, and we were lucky to get beautiful weather, very much needed when beside the seaside, beside the sea… But one of the highlights of the trip was our visit to Choccywoccydoodah!

Chocolatey tea break

For one thing, what a FANTASTIC name for a place, I had never seen the show on TV before, but got told about it before we went, so was beyond excited to see what it was all about. Obviously with i being a Hen Do, there were a few tender heads on the Sunday morning, and what better way for a group of girls (dressed as Brownie Guides the night before) to recover, than to go to a place dedicated to the wonderful creation of chocolate!!!

We went to the cafe to begin with, where there was a wonderful selection of cakes and treats. I decided to go for a ‘dipping pot’. You can choose from white, milk or dark chocolate to dip in and then get presented with such a wonderful supply of different delights to dip in the most gorgeous melted chocolate ever! It truly was delicious, and I’ll be honest, I’ve thought of it every day since then… why don’t I live closer to Brighton? 😦

We then had a quick look around the shop, and wow – the creations there are out of this world. Like nothing I have ever seen before!

Massive Rocky Road from the shop

So, to conclude, if anyone goes down to Brighton you absolutely have to visit this place. Pop in for a drink and a small slice of cake (I tell a lie, there’s no such thing at this place as a small slice of cake) they are magnificent and well worth every penny, so I’m told by the hens that chose cake. Then you must look around the shop, it really is fascinating!

Next action for me – investigate the programme, I can’t wait to see it.

Have chocolatey fun times everyone, and thanks to Choccywoccydoodah for a delicious experience!


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Jess’s Messes – The Return of the Chef

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Well, it’s been a whole year since my last post here. It’s been a crazily busy year, but now I return, equipped with new laptop, hundreds of new recipes, a bazillion new food photos and experiences and most importantly, time to be able to restart the blog.

I’ve gone for a slightly new look, just for a fresh new start. Anyway, that’s enough of the story. Here’s a few pictures of food things that have been happening in the last year for me!

Strawberry Cocktail

Cricket Themed Afternoon Tea
Pine Nut, Prawn, Parmesan Pasta
Learning Latte Art
Salmon and Poached Egg Salad

Halloween Hamper
School Christmas Fair
Icing Cat Heads
Icing Canoe
Christmas Hampers
The best moment of the year – my Nephew Leo!!!