Half Way House Fish Pie
Darlek doesn’t like fish. She used to eat tons of it when she was little, but has since started pulling faces and gipping if I try to feed it to her now. This is a huge shame as we all know fish is good for us, it has Omega Whatzisname in it, and is ‘brain food’ apparently. But nope! Dalek is adamant that she really does not like the stuff.
The thing is, I do try to include it in the family’s diet, and I don’t like to pander / panda to separate meals so, this is my Half Way House Fish Pie recipe. It’s a fish pie that isn’t too fishy, even Darlek manages to eat the majority of it.
So you get your casserole dish out first, mine is a lovely one one from Denby products which I adore. Sorry to show it off, but it’s my pride and joy at the moment.
I thought the Lillies looked pretty reflected on the pottery.
Step One: Put Fish Pie mix (easily picked up at the supermarket) in the microwave on a defrost function and cook it very slowly so it doesn’t get overdone and go crunchy. Once the fish is cooked through and flaking slightly, put it in the dish.
Fish in dish. Dish with fish! (Apologies I’m having a Dr Zeuss moment)
I don’t cook the fish in milk as some people do, because if you use that milk with the fish juices in the mashed potato, Darlek refuses to eat it.
Step Two: Part A. Make a white sauce. Again I take the easy route, I don’t use a roux. I put roughly equal amounts of butter, flour and milk all in a pan, heat it and whisk as I go along. If it doesn’t thicken add more flour.
Step Two: Part B. Fend off the kids who are by now usually clamouring for their dinner. Give them a pot of raisins each and shoo them out of the kitchen.
Haphazardly make a white sauce. Taste as you go to make sure it’s not too floury. Do not burn your tongue!
Step Three: Part A – Add the white sauce to the fish in the dish and add a dash of pepper, and parsley if you have any.
Step Three: Part B – Stop Sausage from raiding the fridge and palm him off with dried apricots this time.
White sauce on fish in dish, fish in dish in white sauce. I’m on a roll with this Doctor Zeuss thing now.
Meanwhile boil peeled and cubed potatoes and steam spinach above the pan to save on gas. You see I’m practical as well as pretty….well actually I’m probably neither, but it rhymed and fits in with the random Dr Zeuss thing I’ve got going on.
Spinach in pan over boiling spuds, spuds in pan under boiling spinach. I HAVE to find a way to fit a Fox in Socks into this recipe somehow…..
Step Four: Carefully and evenly distribute the spinach over the fish in the dish.
Step Five: Part A – Mash the spuds with ordinary unfishy moo cow milk and butter and spread it carefully on the top of the fish in the dish and the spinach. I say carefully because it tends to sink if you tip a load in at once. I find the blobbing here and there approach works best for me.
Step Five: Part B – Yell at the kids who have nicked Babybels whilst I was distracted.
Make a pretty pattern on the top of the mash, personally I like swirls.
Step Six: Part A – Slice and add Mozzarella to the top of the fish in the dish coated with spinach. The Mozarella I had was square shaped so I played at cheese crazy paving for a little while.
I should do one of those crazy paving paths in our garden, seems I have a talent for this kind of thing!
Chuck the whole lot in the oven and leave for around 25 minutes at about 180 C, just to let it toast and go golden on top. Serve with a crunchy salad or green beans and sweetcorn if you prefer. We had a salad because I was lazy.
Step 8: Eat!!!!!!! You’ll find that this is probably the least fishy fish pie ever. A nice Half Way House Fish Pie for kids who don’t like fish.
Step 9: Finish with a nice cup of herbal tea in some Cath Kidston bedding……erm I mean, a Cath Kidston cup. And ….relax….
Tea in a cup, no pup in the cup though. Which is a shame. Dr Zeuss eat your heart out!
This is a sponsored post thanks to Palmers Department Stores who kindly sent me the gorgeous Denby Casserole dish and the cute cup. Many thanks to them and no other financial reward was given. Both dishwashered and worked exactly as you’d expect them to. Sorry for the bedding link – I had to include it somehow!