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Tuesday 1 January 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - JEM MERLYN

Yes, Zelda does seem to invite a lot of  'bad boys' to the table; and here's another one.

The reckless, thieving Jem Merlyn can hardly be called a 'hero'. After all, he is the brother of Joss, the evil landlord of Jamaica Inn. But, in Daphne du Maurier's dark novel about Cornish wreckers, published in 1936, though set in the nineteenth century, he provides romance and might just provide salvation, if only he can be trusted. 
Like many of my favourite fictional characters, I have yet to find a screen portrayal which I feel fully captures the way I see him in my head. 
The closest I have found was by Trevor Eve back in 1983. 

If Jem came to dinner, I would take something traditionally Cornish, and add a bit of spice. Quite appropriate, I think. 


serves 2

200g ready-made shortcrust pastry
3 veggie sausages (e.g. Quorn), defrosted if frozen
1 medium onion, chopped
2tbsp chilli sauce
Splash of milk
1tbsp olive oil

Heat the oil and cook the sausages until brown.
Remove them from the pan and chop into small pieces.
Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and fry the onion until soft and golden.
Turn off the heat and return the sausage to the pan. Add the chilli sauce and mix well.
Allow to cool.
Divide the pastry in two and roll out each piece into a circle.
Place the mixture on one half of each.
Place a little milk around the edge, fold over and crimp the edges.
Place on baking paper on a tray and coat with a little milk.
Cook at Gas 8/ 230°C/ 450°F for about 10 minutes. Then turn oven down to Gas 6/ 200°C/ 400°F and cook for 20 minutes more.

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