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Joe’s Christmas leftovers tips…

We all know portion sizes are at a premium over Christmas – you end up cooking to feed the five thousand, let alone the five…Well fear not! We’ve got three recipes to make your leftovers  lovable for all the family!

 

Starter – Turkey Samosas

 

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons of curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons of mango chutney, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt from a 150g pot (serve the remainder)
  • 200 grams of cooked potatoes (roasted or boiled are fine), cut into small chunks
  • 250 grams of cooked turkey, chopped into small pieces
  • 250 grams frozen peas
  • Bunch of coriander, chopped (plus a few leaves picked to serve)
  • 270 gram pack of filo pastry (6 sheets)
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

 

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine the curry paste, mango chutney and 2 tbsp yogurt, and mix well. Fold in the potatoes, turkey, peas and coriander, then season well.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the sheets of filo in half lengthways so you have 12 strips – keep the pastry covered with a tea towel while you work so it doesn’t dry out. Layer up 3 sheets of filo, brushing a little oil between each sheet. Pile a quarter of the filling in the top corner of the pastry in a triangle shape. Fold the pastry over to encase the filling, then keep folding until the parcel is sealed and the filo is used up. Brush the final edge with a little beaten egg to help stick the pastry together. Repeat to make all 4 jumbo samosas.
  3. Lay your samosas on a baking sheet and brush each one with more beaten egg, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 35 mins or until the samosas are golden brown and the filling is piping hot. Serve with the remaining yogurt, some mango chutney and coriander leaves.

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Thanks to the BBC Good Food Guide for this suggestion!

 

 

Main Course – Morrocan Spiced Turkey Pie

 

Ingredients

  • Two teaspoons of coriander seeds
  • Two teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two Aubergines – diced
  • Two banana shallots – halved and sliced
  • Two tablespoons of harissa
  • Two peppers – any colours – deseeded and diced
  • 227g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • One chicken stock cube
  • 500g of leftover turkey – mix of leg and breast is fine
  • 100g of butter – melted (keep a little extra for greasing)
  • 250g pack/10 large sheets of Filo pastry
  • 25g of flaked almonds

 

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 1-2 mins until fragrant. Add the cinnamon, olive oil, aubergine and shallots. Coat the veg in the spices and cook on a medium-low heat for about 10 mins until the aubergine has softened slightly.
  2. Add the harissa and peppers. Give everything a good stir, then add the tomatoes and crumble over the stock cube. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the veg is tender and the mixture is nice and thick.
  3. Stir through the turkey meat and season well. Set aside to cool.
  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and grease a 23cm springform tin with a little butter. Lay two sheets of filo over the base of the tin and brush with the melted butter. Cross over another two layers of filo and brush again with butter. Repeat once more, then put the cooled filling in the centre. Using the remaining four pastry sheets, cover the filling and brush with more melted butter. Scrunch the top of the pie together and bake for 30-35 mins.
  5. Remove from the oven and scatter the pie with the flaked almonds. Cook for a final 10 mins until the pie is golden and piping hot. Serve straight away.

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Thanks to the BBC Good Food Guide for this recipe!

 

 

Dessert – Espresso Cherry Triffle


(Don’t worry, this ones not got turkey in it – we just thought it would be nice to finish with something sweet that’s got a quick to keep you going)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons marsala*
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong espresso coffee, cooled slightly
  • 4 mini jam sponge rolls, cut into 5mm-thick slices
  •  50g good-quality dark chocolate, grated
  • 1/2 cup thick vanilla custard
  • 425g can black pitted cherries, drained

 

Method

  1. Combine marsala, sugar and coffee in a jug. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Divide the sponge slices between four 400ml-capacity whisky glasses. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the coffee mixture. Drizzle remaining coffee mixture over the sponge slices.
  3. Top with half the chocolate, and all the custard and cherries. Drizzle with the reserved coffee mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate and serve.

*(Marsala is a fortified Italian wine available from liquor stores. You could use dry sherry, Tia Maria liqueur, Kahlua liqueur or brandy instead.)

 

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Thanks to Taste for this amazing recipe

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Boxing day walk

The Best Boxing Day Walk Outfits

Boxing Day? Christmas Eve? Or maybe Christmas Day?  Does your family go for a traditional annual walk on mass over the Christmas break?

 

If so, get all the family complementing you on how gorgeous you look this year in your sexy new outfit from yours truly.

 

Which one takes your fancy…

 

Smart and Classic
Mystical Enchantment Coat £84.95 
Stand Out From The Crowd Boots £69.95

 

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Dark and Edgy
New Create Your Own Look Coat £64.95
Louise’s Favourite Boots £59.95

 

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Funky and Furry
Funky Fur Trim Floral Parker £74.95
Distressed Leather Lace Up Boots £69.95

 

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Delightful and Distinctive
Distinctive Coat £79.95
Funky Aztec Biker Boots £54.95 

 

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Mystical and Magical
Mysterious Velvet Coat £89.95
Eye Catching OverThe Knee Boots £54.95 

 

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Five Christmas Games you HAVE to try!

In all the Christmas mahem it’s easy to forget to plan stuff to do to keep all the family entertained (especially when it’s day 4 and Uncle Geoff’s outstayed his welcome and the kids are beginning to get a bit annoying.)

 

So we’ve come up with a few alternative games, for when the sixth game of Monopoly is just one too many…

 

Candy Canes

Remember the good old days when Bowie was rocking and Bob Dylan was rolling? Well, if so you’ll have tried part of this game before. Take a Candy cane, perch it on your nose and see who can hold it the longest!

 

 

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Christmas A-Z

Note the alphabet from A to Z down a sheet of paper. Ask everyone to fill in each letter with a Christmas themed word! Quickest to finish wins! Simple, but cheap and effective.

(You could maybe do with having a judge in case dad tries to cheat.)

 

 

Guess the Gift

Tell all your guests to bring a gift they would like to receive. Ideally keep the cost under a tenner. When everyone’s there, place the presents into a bag, mix them up and open them one by one. Now, let everyone guess who brought which gift.

 

 

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Dunk the Bells

Don’t be surprised if this energetic holiday game vaguely reminds you of your teenage years. To play Jingle Bell Toss, you simply throw tiny jingle bells (or sweets) into your opponent’s plastic cups. You could even decorate the cups with marker pens and cotton wool to make your own mini Santa cups!

If you’re all adults, why not add a splash of eggnog…to add to the entertainment if nothing else.

 

 

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Get Three in a Row

Those old wine corks can get the Frozen makeover for this wintry version of three in a row. The secret Frozen fan in all of us can enjoy this guilty pleasure!

 

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Christmas wrapping like a pro

Do your friends and family know which presents are from you for all the wrong reasons?

Confuse and amaze them this year, with a couple of our tips that’ll have you wrapping better than an elf on Red Bull.

 

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1. Always measure your wrapping paper first and trim off the extra bit. To know how much you need, especially if you’ve got a massive present and you don’t want to end up wrapping yourself.  Wrap a bit of string or tape measure around the gift, then lay the string on the gift wrap and trim it to the required length.

 

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(note: Don’t buy anyone a pumpkin for Christmas. They won’t like it.)

 

2. If you have trouble cutting giftwrap in a straight line, mark the paper at the edge of the sheet and fold it – then just cut along the crease. We can all just about manage that.

 

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3. Keep all the off-cuts. Odd lengths of ribbon can come in handy to tie round the neck of a bottle – great for a quick and easy present for the neighbour you forgot.

 

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4. If you’re half way through wrapping and run out of paper (we’ve all been there swearing profusely), make a ‘cheat pleat’ with another bit of paper. Pretend you meant for it to look like that by putting the pleat in the middle on top of the gift.

 

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5. When curling ribbon, remember to do it with scissors shut. Follow the natural curl of the ribbon when pulling it between your scissors and thumb. A bit of ribbon can help make a bad gift look like you’ve tried.

 

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Have you got any more tips up your sleeve?

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christmas-style

Christmas style – your way!

There’s loads of ways to style up Christmas – from a full on flamboyant jumper with jingling baubles, tinsel and a singing reindeer on the front with a flashing nose beaming from your belly – to a subtle festive nod given by a piece of jewelry.

 

So whether you’re mental about merriment or slightly reserved to Rudolf, we’ve got some outfit inspirations to match your enthusiasm for the festive season….

 

 

For the unashamedly Christmas mad ladies:

 

Festive Reindeer Jumper £34.95
Perfect Patch Pocket Jeans £39.95
Rudolf Knitted Hat £14.95
All New Remarkable Boots £49.95 

 

 

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And fellas…

 

Straight Joe Jeans  £44.95
Santa’s Ride Shirt £34.95
Suede and Leather Boots £64.95

 

 

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For the fairly festive ladies:

 

Funky Animal Cardigan £34.95
All New Versatile Cami £9.95
Eye Catching Embroidered Jeans £34.95 
Stand Out from The Crowd Boots £69.95

 

 

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And Fellas: 

 

Oh Dear T-Shirt £17.95
Cosy Up Cardigan £44.95 
Easy Joe Jeans £44.95
Rock the Nation Chelsea Boots £69.95

 

 

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For the tinsel dodging ladies: 

 

Amazingly Versatile Dress £44.95
Beautiful Basic Leggings £9.95
Sensational Velvet Boots £54.95
Beaten Heart Necklace £14.95 

 

 

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And fellas

 

Wonderful Winter Knit £39.95 
Slim Joe Jeans £44.95
Leather Heavy Duty Boots £74.95 

 

 

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Winter sale picks

Joe’s sale picks

It’s Christmas and there’s a Joe Browns sale on – woop woop!!  What more could you want in life?!

 

We figured after you’ve spent all your hard earned cash on everyone else this month and smiled politely at all the gifts that were lovely (but not quite Joe Browns)  – it’s only fair to treat yourself!

 

So, to help you justify it, and possibly the other half if it’s coming out the joint account, here’s what you’ll be saving plus what you’ll be wearing it for…

 

For a pub lunch when you just can’t face any more cooking 

 

For her
Angel Falls Top Was £49.95 Now £24.95
Perfect Ponte Bootcut Was £29.95 NOW £17.95

 

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For him
Mix It Up Check Shirt Was £39.95 NOW £19.95
Easy Fit Joe Jeans Was £42.95 NOW £24.95

 

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For a romantic winter walk (and escaping the relatives!) 

 

For her
Emma’s Favourite Coat Was £89.95 NOW £49.95
Classic Riding Boots Was £84.95 NOW £49.95

 

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For him
Charismatic Check Coat was £89.95 NOW £49.95
Laid Back Zip Boots Was £69.95 NOW £44.95

 

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For Dinner with friends you’re dying to catch up with

 

For her
Funky Funtime Dress Was £39.95 NOW £19.95
Fabulous Flock Ankle Leggings Was £24.95 NOW £14.95

 

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For him
Upstage Shirt Was £34.95 NOW £16.95
Slim Fit Joe Jeans Was £44.95 NOW £21.95

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And for chilling out in front of the telly in 

 

For her
Boutiquey Sweat Was £44.95 NOW £29.95
Ruched Side 2 in 1 Leggings Was £22.95 NOW £14.95

 

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For him
Ready For Action Cargo Pants Was £39.95 NOW £27.95
Pow Hoody Was £39.95 NOW £23.95

 

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Shop more of the sale here and from all of us at Joe Browns have an amazing Christmas!

 

 

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How to survive the in-laws

Joe’s ultimate 10 tips to surviving the in-laws this Christmas

 

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  1. Always have a drink to hand

When that snide remark really gets your blood boiling – just breathe and take a sip. But not too many, it’s even harder to bite your tongue when it’s well oiled.

 

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  1. Be confident

If you’d like to do something/ eat something/ watch something – say so. You can be bitter once your suggestion’s been squashed, but not before.

 

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  1. Ignore any negative comments (especially about your cooking)

It’s just not worth it.

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  1. Look happy no matter what – glue that smile to your face

Put those drama lessons you did as a kid finally to good use.

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  1. Planned Activities

Avoid conversation going down any dangerous roads like politics, by keeping everyone occupied with a board game – you could always make it a drinking game?

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  1. Bring a gift

Flowers, chocolates, booze – whatever the garage has left on your way there. Start off on a good foot.

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  1. Take an interest

You might not share their undying love for meerkat ornaments, but notice that new one wearing a scarf and you’ll at least get a gold star for effort.

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  1. Chip in

You may have spent all day doing your own washing up, but dig deep and grab the sponge.

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  1. Curb the language

You might be an adult (technically) but there’s definitely a tick box over your head for manners, so drop the F’s and remember your P’s and Q’s.

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  1. Let your hair down

You never know, you might actually enjoy yourself!

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Note to in-laws:

OK, so it’s pretty much a given that your daughter or son-in-law aren’t quite what you expected, and yes, it might be quite fun to watch them squirm a bit, but try and do your bit. Pretend to love the crappy garage flowers they’ve brought and appreciate their feigning interest in your prized meerkat collection – it is Christmas!

 

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Christmas Shenanigans at Joe Browns

Christmas Shenanigans at Joe Browns HQ!

So, what DIDN’T the Joe Browns family do to celebrate Christmas this year?

 

We DID all look like sexy beasts in our Christmas jumpers…

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We DID take the ‘decorate your desk ‘ competition VERY seriously.

 

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We DID play pass the parcel like 5-year-olds…

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We DID manage to successfully guess the amount sweets in the jar before eating them …

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We DID guess the name of the Teddy…Bingo!

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But we DIDN’T race scooters dressed as Santa. We wish we had.

 

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What crazy stuff did you get up to?

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Christmas Sangria

Christmas Sangria

Is chocolate just for Easter? Cake just for Birthdays? Hell no, so why should we just have Sangria in the summer?

 

We say crack on!

 

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  • 4 large red or green apples
  • 250g fresh cherries, pitted
  • 500g fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 strips orange rind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 750ml bottle shiraz rose, chilled
  • 3 cups chilled lemonade
  • Ice-cubes, to serve

 

(This will serve about 8 people – or 4 if you like your glasses as big as ours)

 

  1. Step 1

Slice each apple crossways into 3mm thick slices. using a 4cm star-shaped cutter (or going freestyle) cut stars out of the apple.

 

  1. Step 2

Put your apple stars, cherries, strawberries, orange rind and cinnamon in a large serving jug. Add liqueur, rose and lemonade. Stir to combine. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

 

  1. Step 3

Add ice-cubes and stir well just before serving.

 

What’s your favourite tipple at Christmas?

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Ben's Home Pub

Joe’s crew do Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a group of mates getting together for a drink and a laugh. The only way this could possibly be made better is if you had your very own pub…well we don’t have a pub, but we have a Ben and he has a pub!

 

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Ben, who does an awesome job of making our website, emails and social stuff look so cool, built this little gem that sits in his garden from scratch. He’s got it fully stocked with all the good stuff, working beer pumps and even a mini log burner!

 

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So he very kindly invited the Joe Browns gang over to help decorate it and try out a few festive cocktails!

 

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First on the menu was the White Christmas Cocktail…

 

 

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It’s really easy, you just put a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker with vanilla vodka, coconut cream, crème de cacao and grated nutmeg. Shake it up and strain it into jam jars – we even found some chocolate straws lying around which were a great touch (until we realised they were out of date).

 

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Here’s the breakdown of measurements to make two:

 

  • 100ml vanilla vodka
  • 160ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp crème de cacao
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 chocolate wafers, to serve

 

Next up, we gave some Winter Whisky Sours a go…

 

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Ideally you’d fill some glasses with crushed ice (we didn’t have any), put bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker, shake it up and strain it into glasses. Check us out trying to pro with a chunk of orange.

 

Here’s your measurements for two:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • 2 slices of orange

 

If you’re feeling fancy you can stick edible gold glitter round the rim with honey. We weren’t.

 

Ben’s little dog Ace then came to join the party. He did enjoy himself – really.

 

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What we were wearing:

 

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Christmas Cheer Top Now £9.95 (was £19.95)

 

Ben

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Hit The Slopes Jumper Now £25.95 (was £39.95)

 

Em

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On The Piste Snowman Jumper Now £14.95 (was £29.95) + Dancer Hooded Scarf Now £9.95 (was £24.95)

 

Gids

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Rock Around T-Shirt Now £7.95 (was £16.95) + Mistletoe Hat Now £5.95 (was £12.95)

 

Keels

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Stay Cool Sweat Now £16.95 (was £34.95)

 

What drinks would you serve up if you had your own pub?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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