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Jess and Jane’s Foraging for Flavour Frolic

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Foraging Jess
Foraging Jane

The time approaches for Jess’s Jingle Jam to be created, ready for the Christmas Hampers. This year I had some lovely company whilst foraging for flavour. My wonderful friend Jane came for a visit and.
we went and picked Blackberries to our heart’s content.

Putting the stick to good use

We had a successful forage and now it is time for flavour to be created.

Jingle Jam is coming, Jingle Jam is coming, always Jess’s Messes… (sang in the Christmas Coca-Cola advert tune) ’tis the season it’s always the real Jam.

Jingle Jamming

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A week of joyful food

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Me and Tim

This week I am living at the Duckmanton residence (my sister and brother in law’s house). We’ve just been planning the weeks meals and I’m very excited about them – as all will be made from scratch and are sure to be beyond tasty. I’ll be sure to post a picture of each of the lovely meals listed here:

1. Bangers and Mash
2. Chicken Fajitas
3. Chicken and Leek Pie
4. Crispy Fish Tempura with Spicy Coriander Pesto and Vietnamese Salad
5. Dahl with Okra Bahji
6. Spaghetti Bolognaise

Me and Elly

A delicious Jess’s Messes week ahead…


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Super Superfood Salad Recipe

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Superfood Salad

My lovely sister, who brought my wonderful nephew in to this world has decided it’s time to try and lose a little extra weight from pregnant times.So this evening we decided a salad would be a good idea, but it needed to fill us all up! A Superfood Salad was the solution to all our problems, all problems in life…. well, for tonight’s tea dilemma at least.

It’s a little time consuming for a salad I guess as you have to roast various things, but it’s really tasty and mostly good for you, so worth a little extra effort.

Serves 4-6

What do you need?

Colourful, Super Superfoods

1 Butternut Squash
4 Beetroots (uncooked)
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
Sprinkle of Thyme
50g Quinoa
100g Fine Green Beans
150g Spinach
150g Watercress
100g Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Handful Pumpkin Seeds (optional)
Handful Pomegranate Seeds (optional)

Lemon & Olive Oil Dressing

2 Garlic Cloves
1 Lemon (juice)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

What do you do?

1. First you need to peel and chop the squash and beetroots in to 2cm cubes. Place these on 2 separate roasting trays with a tbsp of rapeseed oil each. Crush the 2 garlic gloves and sprinkle along with the thyme over the squash tray. Toss the vegetables in the oil with salt & pepper and place in the oven at Gas Mark 7/220 degrees C for about 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and leave to cool.

3. Make the dressing – crush the garlic cloves and place in a shallow boil. Add lemon juice, oil and salt and pepper and whisk until all combined. Taste and adjust seasoning to suit.

4. Boil water in a small saucepan and add green beans. Boil for 2-3 minute so still nice and al-dente, strain and leave to cool. Remove beetroot and squash from the oven and leave to cool.

5. Place the spinach, watercress and crumbled feta cheese in a large bowl. Add quinoa, green beans, squash and beetroot. Pour over dressing and toss salad.

6. Serve, add optional items if wanted. ENJOY!

Click here to see another lovely (less healthy) Jess’s Messes Beetroot salad


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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 ūüė¶
The whole meal


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Slow Roast Belly Pork with Dauphinoise Potatoes

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Slow Roast Belly Pork with Dauphinoise Potatoes

It’s a lovely Sunday in August as I sit and write this… I was going to do a recipe for a Summer Roast Dinner. However, as I look out the window and see the grey clouds and wind, I have made a decision that a more Winter Warmer dish may be more appropriate.

Therefore, here is this dish……

It’s a slow cooking roast, but that’s the best way for melt in the moth Belly Pork and perfect crunchy crackling, so worth the work, and the wait!

What do you need?

Belly Pork

1 1/2kg Pork Belly
I Tbsp Rapeseed Oil
Salt

Dauphinoise Potatoes

6 Large White All Purpose Potatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
400ml Double Cream
Salt and Black Pepper

What do you do?

1. Rub the skin of the pork with the oil and plenty of salt. Place in the oven at Gas Mark 7/ 220 degrees C for 30 minutes, until the crackling has gone golden and crispy. Then, turn the oven down to Gas Mark 4/160 degrees C for a further 2 1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, finely slice the potatoes, use a mandolin (if you are confident enough to use one – as mentioned in the Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad Recipe), or just a nice sharp knife, but get them as thin as possible.
3. Bash the garlic cloves and place in a bowl with the cream, potatoes, salt and pepper, mix well ensuring all potato slices are covered in cream.
4. Begin to layer up all slices of potato in a wide, shallow ovenproof dishes. Save the best slices for the top layer to ensure it looks pretty. Pour the cream and garlic mix over the top and press with a slotted spoon.
5. Place in the oven at Gas Mark 4/160 degrees C when the pork has been in for 1 1/2 hours. After 30 minutes press the potatoes again to allow the cream to spill over the top of the potatoes. Then leave to bake until the pork is ready.
6. When the pork is ready you can turn up the oven up again to Gas Mark 7 for 10 minutes to ensure the crackling is perfect.
7. Serve with some nice green veg and a Red Wine Jus (recipe to follow).


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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: 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!