Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in London to an Italian émigré. He began to paint as a young man, influenced by medieval Italian art and soon developed a passionate commitment to the reform British art by rejecting the formal artistic techniques of the time, taught at The Royal Academy. In 1848 he was a founder member of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
When his wife, Lizzie Siddal, died of an overdose he painted one of the greatest portraits Zelda has ever seen.
I think that this would be perfect if he came to dinner. It is a mixture of the English and the Italian; it is high in taste but 'down to earth'.
CHEESY SWEETCORN AND ‘HAM’ PASTA BAKE
200g conchiglie (or similar pasta)
40g plain flour
180g cheddar cheese, grated
1 small can sweetcorn, drained
1 x 20g pack Quorn ‘ham’ slices
1tbsp chives, snipped into small pieces
1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for a few minutes.
Add this to the pan of drained pasta. Combine with the ‘ham’ and sweetcorn.
Cook at 200°C/ 400°F/ Gas 6 for 20-25 minutes.