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Friday 14 June 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI

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'. 


200g conchiglie (or similar pasta)
40g butter
40g plain flour
500ml milk
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

Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Then drain, return to the pan and set aside.
Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for a few minutes.
Then, add the milk. Keep stirring, over a low heat, until it thickens. Mix in half of the cheese.
Add this to the pan of drained pasta. Combine with the ‘ham’ and sweetcorn.
Pour into a dish.
Cover with the rest of the cheese.
Cook at 200°C/ 400°F/ Gas 6 for 20-25 minutes.

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