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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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Easy, Authentic Carbonara Recipe

Sometimes all you want and need is a quick and easy dinner. But there is no reason why this can’t be delicious, fulfilling and authentic.

This recipe will only take around 20 minutes maximum and creates the most delicious dinner.

Serves 3

What do you need?Quick Easy Carbonara

100g pancetta or smoked bacon

50g pecorino cheese

50g parmesan

3 large egg

300g spaghetti

2 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed

50g butter


What do you do?

  1. Put a saucepan of water and 1 tsp of salt on to boil. Finely chop the pancetta or bacon. Finely grate both cheeses and mix them together. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl, season with a little freshly grated black pepper and set aside.
  2. Add the spaghetti when the water comes to the boil, and when it boils again turn down to simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Squash the peeled garlic with the blade of a knife, just to bruise it. Drop the butter into a large wide frying pan, as soon as the butter has melted, tip in the pancetta and garlic. Leave these to cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the pancetta is golden and crisp. Remove the garlic from the pan using tongs or a slotted spoon.
  4. When the pasta is ready lift it from the water and place it in the frying pan with the pancetta. Don’t worry if some water drops in the pan as well (you want this to happen) and don’t throw the rest of the pasta water away yet.
  5. Mix most of the cheese in with the eggs, keeping a small handful back for sprinkling over later. Take the pan of spaghetti and pancetta off the heat. Now quickly pour in the eggs and cheese and mix to thickens but don’t let it scramble. Add extra pasta cooking water to keep it saucy You don’t want it wet, just moist. Season with a little salt, if needed.
  6. Serve in a large pasta bowl with some extra cheese sprinkled over and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper! Enjoy!

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Comfort Food: Warming Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

A real Jess’s Messes winter warmer here, great to serve with a nice dollop of ice cream for contrast of temperatures, but at winter I don’t think you can beat a steaming hot Sticky Toffee Pudding with some delicious creamy custard… My mouth is watering as I type.

What do you need?stickytoffeepudding Jess's MESSES

150g Dates (destoned)
200ml Earl Grey Tea
Big pinch bicarbonate of soda
150g Self Raising Flour
Pinch Ginger
85g Butter
120g Brown Sugar
1 Egg
25ml Dark Treacle/Honey
Splash Rum

What do you do?

1. Soak dates in tea and soda for 30 minutes
2. Rub flour, ginger, sugar and butter together
3. Add egg, dates, tea, treacle/honey and rum to the butter mix.
4. Cook in a tray at 160˚c / gas mark 4 for 25 minutes.
5. Take out the oven and check it is cooked through, but still moist in the middle.
6. Leave to cool.
7. Turn out the tray and cut into squares.
8. Serve with Jess’s Messes butterscotch sauce (recipe coming soon) and custard or ice cream.



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Easy Chocolate Chip Brownie Recipe

IMG_5252What is more indulgent than a Chocolate Brownie? Here’s a really easy Jess’s Messes recipe to make the most delicious gooey, sticky chocolate brownies!

What do you need?

200g Plain Chocolate
185g Unsalted Butter
3 Eggs
250g Golden Caster Sugar
85g Plain Flour
30g Cocoa Powder
50g Milk/White Chocolate

What do you do?

1. Place a glass bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and melt the plain chocolate and butter slowly (make sure the bowl is not touching the water). Remove from heat.
2. Beat together eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add the chocolate and butter mixture slowly and fold in gently.
3. Sift flour and cocoa powder into mixture and fold gently.
4. Cut chunks of milk/white chocolate and add to mixture.
5. Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.
6. Pour in mixture and smooth over.
7. Place in oven at Gas Mark 6 (200˚c) for 20-30 minutes.
8. Make sure when you put the skewer in it comes out slightly sticky still, this will make sure when it cools the brownie is chewy and sticky. Leave to cool in the tin for around 15 minutes so the centre can solidify a little.
9. Tip out of tin onto cooling rack.
10. When cool cut into squares and EAT!

These brownies will be available to buy from the Jess’s Messes website from March 2015. Look out for new items for sale very soon.

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To celebrate the 1 month countdown to Christmas, here is the Jess’s Messes Christmas Competition. Just Like the Jess’s Messes Facebook Page to have a chance to win your choice of Jess’s Messes Christmas Treat Boxes RRP £18.25 (see options here:
Winner will be chosen by my lovely nephew at the official beginning of Christmas – Monday 1st December! Goooooood Luck to you all.

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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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A Weekend of Jolly Jars

Well, what more can I say – I am the LUCKIEST lady in the world. I had a massive amount of Jolly Jars to make for the Jess’s Messes Festive Feasts this year, the prospect was not a particularly ‘Jolly’ one, but then, along came my lovely Mum and Dad. They helped out every step of the way and were the most wonderful Sous Chefs and made the Jess’s Messes Hamper making experience truly Jolly – I’m so grateful and wanted to publicly thank them, so…..


So, this is just a little post to show you exactly what goes into your Jolly Jars. Everything is made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. I think the best way to describe this is to show in images. So here they are:

Fresh Ingredients to start

The ingredients

Colourful Vegetables

More ingredients

Mandolin and Goggles

Noel in Goggles

Making Chilli Sauce

Kate with Chillies

Cooking and pans


Less fresh food

Disappearing ingredients

Red Onion Marmalade

Red Onion Marmalade

compost bin


Christmas Mulled Wine

Much needed mulled wine

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam

Jolly Jars

Jolly Jars

Fresh food into jars

144 finished jars

Merry Christmas Noel

I knew he loved it really


Jolly Jars