Fish Pie Family Meal
Arlene and I have recently separated. It was a sad affair for all, but we have remained true to the blog. And by true, I mean sporadic posting when the moment takes! And yes, we’ve not posted in a while, but we’re slowly getting back on track. Slowly….
In the new house, I now live with 6 people. Part of the moving in process is to for the current housemates to take advantage of the new housemate’s enthusiasm (or the other way round). Saturday, I bribed the current housemates to take part in a reorganisation of the kitchen presses in order to facilitate the inclusion of my excessive spice rack and baking goods. I bribed them all with a promise of a hearty meal.
This fish pie was a cheap, tasty and easy solution to feeding such numbers. A Jamie Oliver recipe, it involves very little preparation, a variety of healthy and hearty ingredients and a small bit of cooking time. What makes this so easy, compared to other fish pies, is that it does not involve cooking the fish beforehand, making a roux or any other complicated activities. In summary, grate 1 carrot, 2 sticks of celery and 150g of cheddar in the food processor. Tip this into a bowl. Add half a finely sliced chilli, 1 leek, thinly sliced, handful of finely chopped parsley, zest and juice of one lemon, a glug of olive oil and 750 g of whatever combination of fish you like (I went for prawns, cod and salmon). Jamie also suggests a good handful of spinach - but this time I went for spring greens, which included some cabbage and kale. I also added 1 dessert spoon of creme fraiche for a slight creaminess. I tipped this all into a deep baking dish and spread.
At the same time, I boiled 1k of chopped potatoes for 12mins, until soft, drained, then added a dash of milk and some butter (not so healthy), and seasoned. I mashed the potatoes, then spread across the fish mixture, ensuring I covered all areas, into the corners. I grated a small bit more cheese (ah sure go on, so) and sprinkled evenly on top. Into the oven at 180-200 for about 40mins, until golden.
The dish has so many vegetables inside, it required very little on the side, but you cant have a pie without peas. And whenever you make peas, there is a general conversation about the joys of this little juicy veg. I cooked the frozen gems for only a couple of minutes, added mint, butter and a small squeeze of lemon and served immediately.
To keep people occupied, and away from my veg, while prepping, I put some radishes, butter and salt onto a plate - for dipping! This is a really simple, quick and easy snack. I usually leave stalks and tips on as it looks nicer, and encourage people to leave them on the side of the plate.
So a fish pie worth writing about. And a delicious family meal after a job well done.