This is a lovely spicy dish which is high in flavour and low in naughtiness. It is like a potato rosti but healthier. The other benefit of using these vegetables instead of potatoes, is that you don't need to go through the process of removing the moisture before you can cook them. Spray oil also means that they do not become greasy.
Let's be honest, everybody loves Mr Darcy. But I remember paying a small fortune in a Bath tea room for 'Tea with Mr Darcy' and he didn't even turn up!
I think it might be more fun to have Mr Collins over. If you know your "P and P" you will recognise this description:
Mr. Collins was not a sensible man . . . A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.
He has been portrayed brilliantly by Tom Hollander:
and David Bamber:
So let's have 'Tea with Mr Collins' and enjoy his eccentric company...
Cheese Scones Coronation Chicken Sandwiches Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches
served with crisps
Mini Rhubarb Crumbles Coconut Buns Cheese Scones with Cheddar and Onion Chutney
First make the scones
200g self raising flour pinch of salt 40g butter, cut into small pieces 50g cheddar cheese, grated 125ml milk
Mix flour and salt. Add the butter and mix in with fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir through 40g of the cheese.
Add the milk a little at a time, stirring then lightly kneading to make a dough. Roll out a lightly floured surface until about 3cm thick. Cut into rounds (I used a juice glass as a guide). Place onto a greased baking tray and brush with a little more milk and the rest of the cheese.
Cook in oven at 220˚C/ 425˚F/ Gas 7 for about 10 minutes until risen and golden. Allow to cool.
When cold, cut in half.
Spread with butter and fill with cheddar cheese slices and onion chutney.