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Saturday 30 December 2023

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - JACK RIMMER

Zelda loves watching school-based programmes. 

Jack Rimmer (played by Jason Merrells) became the new Head Teacher of Waterloo Road at the start of Series 1, back in 2006. 
From the beginning, it was obvious that he would find the job very, very stressful. 
He often (as here) has to repair to his 'other office'.

If he came round to dinner, perhaps after a late staff meeting, Zelda would serve this tasty, spicy mixed plate.



Makes 8

Place 3 quorn sausages (defrosted if frozen) in a food processor with 1 small onion, chopped and a handful of frazzles.
Add 1tsp mild chilli powder, 1tsp ground cumin, 1tsp ground coriander, 1tsp turmeric, a splash of lime juice and a sprinkling of salt and black pepper.
Blitz to a paste and turn out into a bowl.
Use 1tbsp plain flour to coat your hands and then form into ovels and place on a baking tray.
Cook at Gas 8/ 220˚C for 20 minutes, turning halfway.


Slice large potatoes into wedges, keeping the skin on.
Place in a large bowl and coat with 2tbsp olive oil, 1tsp chilli powder,1tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander and 1tsp mixed herbs. Season with salt and black pepper.
Mix together well and leave for at least half an hour.
Heat oven to 200°C/ Gas 6.
Spread wedges out on a baking tray.
Place in the oven on the top shelf. Cook for 15 minutes then turn over.
After 30 minutes, check to see if ready. If not, turn again and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.


Melt 25g butter in a saucepan and stir in 2tbsp plain flour. Cook through and then add 250ml milk a little at a time, stirring well throughout.

Gradually bring to the boil and stir until it thickens. Then add 65g cheddar cheese, grated.

To serve:
Chop 2 spring onions
and crush another handful of frazzles.
Serve koftas and wedges on a plate, topped with the cheese sauce and accompanied by salsa, spring onions and frazzles (on a tray).

Wednesday 20 December 2023


Peel 1 onion and cut into slices about 3mm thick. Place in a bowl of water.
Combine 2tbsp self-raising flour with a large sprinkling of salt and black pepper on a plate.
In a bowl, whisk 1 egg with 2tbsp milk and 1tbsp lemon juice.
Place about 4tbsp panko breadcrumbs on a separate plate.
Drain the onions and coat them in the flour mixture.
Then place them in the egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
Set aside and heat the air fryer to 200˚C.
Spray the rings in oil and place in the air fryer. 
Cook in batches for about 7 minutes, turning part way through.

Tuesday 5 December 2023


Drain 1 tin of button mushrooms.
Place 2tbsp of plain flour on a plate and season well with salt and black pepper.
Crack 1 egg into a bowl and whisk with 1tbsp milk.
Put 100g panko breadcrumbs on a separate plate.
Put the mushrooms into the flour, then the egg, then coat in the breadcrumbs. (You may need to add more breadcrumbs as you go along.)
Spray with oil.
Cook (in batches if necessary) in the base of the air fryer for about 15 minutes, turning part way through.
Serve with garlic mayonnaise.