Jess's Messes

For a First Class Flavour Experience

1 Comment

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!





1 Comment

Christmas Hampers for Sale!!

I have abandoned the Jess’s Messes blog recently. It’s been a busy, busy time getting everything ready for the new Jess’s Messes website and for Christmas. Here’s a little post about the lovely, festive, fresh Christmas Hampers I will be offering this year, and tomorrow I will return with a recipe of the week!

This year I will be selling slightly different hampers, as they will be festive boxes, crammed full of treats and tasty delights. This decision has been taken for many reasons, but the best one – I can offer more food for your money, whilst also keeping the Hampers affordable and some of the best value for money Hampers around.

This is an example Christmas Treat Box I am selling this year:

Magical Mixed Delightsmagical

For those of you who like a little bit of everything, this box is a great choice. The Magical Mixed Delights Box includes:

  • Gorgeous Gingerbread Trees
  • Captivating Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cheery Cheese & Cayenne Crackers
  • Tasty Tomato & Herb Bread Rolls
  • Beautiful Butterscotch Sauce
  • Outstanding Orange Marmalade
  • Cheeky Chilli Sauce
  • Tangy Tomato Jam

Another new offering this year, is that people are able to buy Individual items, which not only gives you chance to make your own hampers up, but also means you can buy yourself a tasty little treat as a reward for doing your Christmas shopping early.

One example of this is a tube of Jess’s Messes Secret Shortbread for only £3.85

secret shortbread

View all the items for sale here

To keep up to date and receive Jess’s Messes Special Offers

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for the Newsletter

Leave a comment

And it’s live…

web2The new Jess’s Messes Website is now…… LIVE!!

Not only has it got a fantastic new look and brand new information, but it also has shopping cart functionality, which means you are now able to buy tasty Jess’s Messes treats all year round!

Thanks to Lively Designs for all the work you’ve done creating the website! I’m so happy with it.

Now it’s time for me to get some orders coming in!!

Leave a comment

Jess’s Jingle Jam


It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the jam is starting to Jingle. I’ve got few massive Jess’s Messes vats of Jess’s Jingle Jam bubbling away, ready for this year’s Christmas Treat Boxes. It won’t be long until you can start buying these exclusive, exciting boxes of wonder.

Jess’s Jingle Jam is certainly one of the most popular items, and after a successful Foraging Frolic the other day, this years’ should be the best batch yet. Blackberries, Apples, Cinnamon and Nutmeg – literally Christmas on toast!!!

Leave a comment



To have a chance of winning this beautiful, homemade hamper of treats, just follow this link

RRP: £34.95 this hamper includes:

* 4 Jess’s Messes Jolly Jars
* 1 Tube Secret Shortbread, *1 Box Merry Meringues
* Chocolate Chip Cookies, * Cheddar & Cayenne Crackers
* Magical Mince Pies, * Your Choice of Red, White or Mulled Wine

All homemade (apart from wine) and prepared to the highest standard. Can be delivered straight away, or at Christmas.

Winner announced Monday 20th October – don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to win!
Thank you
Love Jess