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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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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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Jess’s Messes – The Return of the Chef

Hello food…..

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!!!