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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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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!

Enjoy

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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 – Prawny, Parmesany, Pine Nutty Pasta

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Prawny, Parmesany, Pine Nutty Pasta

Throughout this beautiful summer there have been so many chances to eat outside and enjoy the lovely weather with some fantastic food and a nice glass of wine. One lunch time when on holiday from my work I wanted to do just that, however didn’t have many things in the house. Therefore, this is essentially a leftovers meal, but resulted in something delicious that I will definitely make again.

I didn’t have fresh pasta for this recipe, as it was just a quick lunch, but if I was to make it for other people I would definitely use my Fresh Pasta recipe. It would just taste that little bit more special and fresher if I’d had the time to do this.

Serves 4

What do you need?

400g Pasta
2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
1 Red Chilli (finely diced)
1 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
100g Cavolo Nero (sliced)
Handful Pine Nuts
200g Cooked and Peeled Prawns
Handful Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

How do you do it?

1. If making Fresh Pasta start by doing this – and using pasta machine to make desired pasta shape.

2. If using dried pasta, place this in boiling water and cook for 10-12 mins, until cooked but still slightly al denta.

3. Meanwhile, place Garlic and Chilli in a frying pan with the rapeseed oil and cook slowly for 5 minutes until softened, but not coloured.

4. Add Cavolo Nero and Pine Nuts to the pan and cook out for a further 3 minutes. Then add prawns, these should be cooked already, so just head them through.

5. When cooked, drain pasta and add to pan. Stir all ingredients together and season well, to your personal taste.

6. Serve and place grated Parmesan Cheese on top. Add a couple of twists of Black Pepper and eat.

Yum!


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Perfect Pizza Recipe – easy, homemade, tasty pizzas!

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Selection of Pizzas and Potato Wedges

I’ve been pretty obsessed with making pizza recently. Ever since my Jess’s Messes pizza making party I just can’t get enough of it. It’s so easy to make some lovely light pizza dough and then it’s just a case of making a tasty tomato base and choosing your toppings.

So, here is a recipe for the dough and the tomato base and a few topping suggestions!

Pizza Dough
What do I need?

  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 1 sachet (7g) of yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10ml Olive oil
  • 200g Warm water
What do I do?
  1. Place the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add oil and half the water.
  2. Combine using your hand and gradually add the rest of the water until you have a soft, not too sticky dough, you may not need all the water!
  3. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until the dough is springy and shiny.
  4. Place in a bowl, cover, leave to rise for an hour.

Tomato Base

What do I need?
  • 200g passata
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Handful of fresh basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper
What do I do?
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine.
The pizza making
  1. Roll out the dough until reallllllllllly lovely and thin and cover with a thin layer of tomato base.
  2. Add toppings and mozzarella cheese and bake in oven for 10-15 mins at 200 degrees C.
  3. Eat and enjoy.
Toppings suggestions:
  • Cherry tomato and basil
  • Chorizo, red pepper and red onion
  • Hoisin sauce (instead of tomato base), pork belly, spring onion and coriander
  • Goats cheese, caramelised red onion, rock salt
  • No tomato base – garlic butter and parsley
Pizza and Garlic Bread


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Recipe of the week: Full of Beans Veggie Chilli

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One of the cheapest and tastiest meals around. Jess’s Messes does not claim the rights to this recipe, it is entirely from the lovely Ms Sarah Morrison, however I would like to share and spread it around so others can enjoy the beauty of this dish!

What do I need? – 4 portions

  • 200g Mixed dried beans (suggest – kidney, butter, cannellini)
  • 1 Red onion (diced)
  • 1 Garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1tbsp Hot chilli powder
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Tomato Puree

What do I do?

1.  Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl of cold water.
2.  Drain and place in saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil – boil quickly for 10 minutes on a high heat.
3.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Drain.
4.  Place beans, onion, garlic, chilli powder, tomatoes and puree in a pan and bring to the boil.
5.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
6.  Serve with tortillas/pitta/rice.
7.  Enjoy!

It might take a while to make, but it’s certainly worth it. So so tasty!

Thanks for the recipe Sarah!


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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!