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Quick, Chorizo & Goats Cheese Salad Recipe

Sometimes when it’s the middle of the week, the last thing you want to do is go shopping, get inventive and makChorizo_gostscheese_salade something complicated. This quick and simple recipe takes leftovers from more exciting meals to create a tasty, colourful and very easy salad.

Serves 2

What do you need?

2 Slices (slightly stale) White Bread

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Sea Salt

6 Slices Chorizo

20g Goats Cheese

8-10 Cherry Tomatoes

1 Large Bag Mixed Leaves

Balsamic Syrup

What do you do?

1. Slice the white bread into around 1cm cubes, place on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Place in oven at 220 degrees C for around 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, slice the chorizo into thin strips and place in a dry frying pan on a medium heat, cook slowly careful not to burn the meat.

3. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and tear up the goats cheese, place in a bowl with the leaves and toss together.

4. Add warm chorizo and croutons to the bowl, toss everything together and pour over balsamic syrup – serve.

 


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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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Saving Money on Food

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Day to day Jess’s Messes.

There is no doubt that when you want to eat relatively healthily and freshly that it becomes very expensive, so the housemate and I decided to create 5 pretty cheap meals, 1 each day of the week and make 6 portions of each. That way we could eat 2 portions on the day and freeze the 4 remaining ones, covering us for 30 meals!

The meal ideas had to still be tasty, as we want to enjoy food, but we just want to be able to spend a little less on it (and have more to spend on fun!).

Sarah and her amazing Lasanges!

So the meals we made were as follows:

  1. Veggie Bean Chilli – Guest Recipe
  2. Tasty, Tangy, Lovely Lasagne
  3. Terrific Thai Green Curry
  4. Chorizo and Roast Pepper Pasta
  5. Sausage Casserole

I unfortunately only have the recipe for the curry on here currently, but I will be adding the other recipes from now on, 1 a week! So for money saving, but incredibly tasty recipes – follow this blog! 🙂


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Leftover Stale Bread Recipe

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Cheesey, Oniony, Bready Bake

Fondue!

Mmmmm cheesey!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have a feast of Cheese Fondue – with bread, garlic bread, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, grapes, pineapple and more… (with red wine of course)!

Today I had a lot of leftover stale bread. I could have used this for croutons on a soup or salad, but there was a hell of a lot, so that meant gallons of soup or tonnes of salad. Therefore this Jess’s Messes invention was born. It’s a really quick and easy thing to make, and genuinely uses leftovers/essentials that the majority of people have anyway! Not like my Jess’s Poncey Leftovers! Give it a go!

Cheesey, Oniony, Bready Bake

What do I need?

1/2 a Stale Baguette broken into pieces
1 Red Onion (sliced)
1 White Onion (sliced)
20g Butter
Pinch of Thyme
200g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
50g Parmesan Cheese (grated)
2 Eggs
100ml Milk
Salt and Pepper

What do I do?

preparation

1. Place the butter in a frying pan and melt, then add both onions, with a pinch of salt and the thyme. Fry slowly until soft, then turn up heat to get some colour and crispyness on the onions.
2. Crack the eggs and add the milk, a pinch of salt and a good amount of pepper to a bowl and whisk.
3. Place each bit of bread in the egg mix and cover the bottom of your baking dish, add a layer of onions and small layer of cheese.
4. Continue to layer up your dish in this order – bread, onion, cheese.
5. When complete, pour the remaining egg mix over your bake and squash down with a spatula.
6. Optional – add more cracked black pepper on the top.

time to bake

7. Bake at Gas Mark 5 (190 degees C) for 20-25 minutes.
8. Serve.

So unbelievably quick and easy and cheap, and ensures there is no wastage of stale bread.

Enjoy!

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Bibbidi Bobbodi Boo – Sweet Tooth Time (Fudge Recipe and Egg-less Cookies)

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Sweet Tooth Time

Sometimes it is essential to find a  form of entertainment that does not involve much money…. some baking maybe? But what if you don’t have everything needed in the house for cakes and brownies and cookies? In this case I had a serious lack of eggs! So here are a couple of ideas of things to make that contain just ingredients most people have in their house anyway.

Egg-less Cookies

Egg-less Cookies

What do I need?

  • 200g Softened Butter or Marg
  • 120g Icing Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Bicarb of Soda
  • 180g Plain Flour (Self-Raising can be used if needed)
  • 80g Porridge Oats
  • 120g Chocolate chunks/chips
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

What do I do?

  1. Cream together the butter and icing sugar.
  2. Sieve in the flour and bicarb of soda and combine.
  3. Add oats, chocolate and vanilla.
  4. Place small blobs of mixture on a lined baking tray and bake at 180 degrees C / gas mark 5 for 15 minutes (until golden brown).
  5. Et voila – Cookie time. (Leave to cool slightly before taking off baking tray)

Fantastical Fudge

Fantastical Fudge

What do I need?

  • 300g Milk
  • 350g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter (unsalted)
  •  1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

What do I do?

  1. Place milk, sugar and butter in heavy based saucepan and heat on a low heat until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted, stirring all the time.
  2. Bring to the boil and keep boiling for about 20 minutes, stirring continuously until it reaches the ‘softball stage’ 115 degrees C on a sugar thermometer.
  3. When at the right temperatue, take off the heat and stir in vanilla essence. Leave to cool for 5-10 mins.
  4. Beat for a minute or so until thickens, and pour in a lightly oiled tray to cool (not in fridge).
  5. Cut into cubes and serve. 

The above recipes can be created very easily within an hour or so! Fantastic if you’re craving sweet things, or just want to do a quick bit of baking!

ENJOY!!