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Not as good as my Mum’s Fish Pie

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When I was in Australia, I got really homesick one day, and made this fish pie. It’s nowhere near as good as my Mum’s, but it’s near enough to make me feel 6 years old again, in our old house, on a cold day, snacking on fish in an unctuous sauce, and the creamy potato.

Hopefully my Mum will read this and give me her recipe, but it’s that good I’m fairly sure it’s only ever handed down the female line, and then only on their death beds. It’s that good.

Edit- My Mum let me know- apparently it’s pretty close! I forgot to include a sliced up boiled egg or two along with the fish, which in hindsight was one of my favourite bits!!!

This is merely comforting and tasty.

Ingredients

  • A mix of salmon, haddock, white fish, prawns… about 500g
  • 750g potatoes, peeled
  • 400ml milk
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • A leek
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • 25g parmesan
  • 1tsp mustard
  • Vegetables- about 2 handfuls of peas, sweetcorn, green beans, broccoli. Your call here.
  • Cheddar cheese, to top

Method

Stick the spuds on boil. About 20 minutes, or until the spuds are falling apart.

While they boil, put the butter and the chopped leek into a pan over a very low heat. As the butter melts, add the flour, stirring vigorously, in about 4 small measures. This should coat the leeks, as they cook, in a kind of stealth roux.

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Add the milk, bit by bit, stirring thoroughly then cook out on a slightly higher temperature for about 5 minutes, till thickened. Take off the heat, and stir in the parmesan, chives, fish, parsley and veg, and transfer to an oven proof dish.

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Preheat the oven to 185c. When the potatoes are done, mash them up with some butter and milk. Spread all over the top of the fish mix, put some nice lines in with a fork (this helps crisp the top up) then put a layer of cheese on top.

Bake for 20 minutes or so. Let it cool on the side for 5 minutes then scoff it greedily.

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Sausage and Leek Meatball Tagliatelle

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Happy January. If, like me, you got paid early in December, and are now eagerly anticipating being paid and trying to wring value out of every last penny, then I hope this recipe helps.

It’s a Niger Slater one that does his talent for making superbly comforting food from easily available ingredients, and I’ve got two dinners out of it for about four quid.

Ingredients

A pack of sausages
Two leeks
A 250ml tub of cream
150g tagliatelle
Chilli flakes
Dill
Fresh parsley
Tarragon

Method

Slice open the sausages and put the insides in a bowl, discarding the skins. Add a couple of teaspoons of dill and chilli and squodge it all together with your hands.

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Fashion this into about 8 largish meatballs. In a large saucepan, heat a generous amount of olive oil. Brown the meatballs win this, then cover and cook for another 10 minutes, shaking occasionally to evenly cook the balls.

Transfer the balls to a bowl. Put a pan of salty water on boil and cook the pasta. Chop the leeks, and put them on a low heat in the pan you cooked the meatballs in, to cook in the juices.

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When they are soft and lovely, throw in the cream, some tarragon and chopped parsley, and season. Add the meatballs and drained tagliatelle and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Serve, eat, meditate on the fact your poverty is manageable for 10 minutes.

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