Hot on the heels of Mr Rochester, we have Mr Knightley, another somewhat unlikely hero; this time the creation of Jane Austen.
It is Mr Knightley who loves the eponymous Emma enough to reprimand her for her thoughtlessness. It is at on a picnic that Emma is particularly unpleasant to impoverished spinster Miss Bates and Knightley puts her right.
It makes sense, therefore, that Zelda should cook him a lovely picnic snack.
CHEESE AND MARMITE PASTIES
For the pastry
200g/8oz plain flour + extra for rolling
100g/4oz chilled butter, cubed
30ml/2tbsp cold water
For the filling
2 medium potatoes, peeled and grated to make 130g
65g grated cheese
1 egg, whisked
100g cooked rice
1 small onion, chopped very finely
salt and black pepper
1tbsp Marmite mixed with a splash of warm water
+ an additional egg for glazing
First make the pastry
Place flour and butter in a blender and whizz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water a bit at a time and mix again until it all comes together. Make into a ball and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Then make the filling
When the pastry has chilled
Roll out the pastry and use a desert bowl to cut a circle. Do this several times, rolling up the scraps, until you have four circles.
Cook for 10 minutes at Gas 8/ 230°C/ 450°F for 10 minutes.