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Pretty. Summery and Easy Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad Starter

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Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad


Many moons ago it was Father’s Day and I wanted to do a tasty 3 course meal for my dad to show him how great he is.

As I was doing 3 courses and none of the family have the massive-est of appetites the starter had to be especially light, but we do like strong and interesting flavours. I decided to do a nice, light Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad… with a slight twist.

Serves 4

What do you need?

300g Cooked Beetroot (not pickled)
2 Limes (Juice)
1 Red Chilli (Finely diced)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Shallot
200g Soft Goats Cheese
2 Tbsp Double Cream
Handful of Chives
Pea Shoots
Salt and Pepper

For the Dressing:

1 Lemon (Juice)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp Honey
Salt and Pepper

How do you do it?

1. Very finely slice the beetroot into small discs, use a Mandolin if you have one and are confident with them – but don’t cut yourself, they really hurt!
2. Place slices in a shallow baking tray or similar. Mix in a ramekin the Lime juice, Red Chilli and Olive Oil and season. Pour over beetroot and toss the beets in mixture. Ensure all are covered then cling film and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3. Very finely dice the shallot and fry very slowly in a small amount of oil, until soft – but careful not to colour.
4. Place Goats Cheese, cooked Shallot, Double Cream and finely sliced Chives in a bowl and combine. I found it easiest to use my hands, but you can obviously use a spoon to stay nice and clean. Taste and adjust seasoning. Place to one side.
5. Make the dressing – combine all ingredients and whisk.
6. Ball up the goats cheese into small spheres, at least 20 of them if serving 4 people.
7. Place 5 discs of beetroot around the place, and a ball of goats cheese on top, then another disc on top of that.
8. Drizzle over some of the dressing and scatter the pea shoots.
9. Serve and enjoy!

Now, just wait and see what I did for Mother’s Day!!!


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Recipe of the week: Tasty Tangy Lovely Lasagne

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Another great Jess’s Messes recipe for being relatively cheap and very easy to make. This method will make around 6 portions and is made in one large tray, however, if you are wanting to make and freeze for a later date then bake them in foil take-away trays!

 What do I need?

  • 1/2 Red onion (diced)
  • 1 White onion (diced)
  • 2 Cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1tbsp Veg oil
  • 250ml Red Wine
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • Pinch of Oregano
  • Handful of Basil
  • 2tbsp Red Pesto
  • 400g Minced Beef
  • 8 Sheets Lasagne
  • 200ml Bechamel Sauce
  • 200g Mature Cheddar (grated)
  • 200g Buffalo Mozzarella¬†
  • Salt and Pepper

What do I do?

  1. Make the tomato sauce – place the onions, garlic and oil in saucepan and fry slowly until softened.
  2. Add the red wine and cook on a medium heat until the wine has reduced, almost to a syrup.
  3. Add Tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes, add herbs, pesto, salt and pepper.
  4. In a different pan, place the beef and the remaining oil and heat slowly until all meat has browned.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and cook for 10 minutes until all flavours are well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Build your lasagne: cover the base of the baking dish with some of the mince, place the pasta sheets on top, cover pasta with bechamel sauce.
  7. Repeat the above process.
  8. Cover the top layer of bechamel sauce with cheddar and torn mozzarella.
  9. Bake in the oven at 200degrees C (Gas Mark 6) for 40 minutes.
  10. Serve with some lovely dressed leaves and garlic bread.

Lovely tasty yummy food!