Friday, April 9, 2010

Rustic Comfort Food

In keeping with the autumn theme - this fish pie, in my opinion, is the epitome of healthy, comfort food.

The contrasting flavours of sweet potato mash, with a surprising zing of lemon, and the burnt-orange flecks of haddock pieces, with the emerald speckle of green peas is a painter's palette of foodie delight.

Country-Style Fish Pie:
(Serves 2 - 4)

Sometimes pleasure can be found in the most unassuming of dishes. I say, savour the mouthful.

    • 3 - 4 Frozen Haddock Steaks
    • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled and Diced
    • 400mls of Soya Milk (or Any Other Milk of Your Choice)
    • A Handful of Spring Onions (or Leeks), Roughly Chopped
    • A Few Bay Leaves
    • A Squeeze of Lemon Juice
    • A Drizzle of Olive Oil
    • A Sprinkle of Herbal Salt
    • A Grind of Cracked Black Pepper
    • Turn oven on to grill at 200 degrees Celsius
    • Put diced sweet potato onto boil
    • Fill a deep-dish frying pan with the soya milk and add the spring onion, bay leaves, herbal salt, pepper and haddock
    • Simmer gently until the haddock breaks into pieces
    • Add the peas and cook for a few more minutes until the peas are just tender
    • When the sweet potato is cooked, drain and blend with a handheld blender until smooth
    • Add a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of herbal salt and a grind of black pepper to the mash
    • Tip the haddock mixture into a ceramic oven dish and top with the mash
    • Create a pattern on the mash with a fork - run it along the mash in one direction and then in the other direction until you have a criss-cross pattern
    • Place under the grill for a few minutes, until the mash is gently browned
    • Serve and enjoy the surprising flavours

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