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Fish pie

There are lots of different ways to make a fish pie. This is how my mother, and her mother before her, made it. So for me, it is the only way and brings back marvellous memories of childhood.  Although fish pie is not difficult to make and fairly fool proof, it is a fiddle, a recipe that is guaranteed to use pretty much every kitchen utensil you own. I therefore only make it when feeling strong.  The amounts listed below serve Four and a half bellies with enough left to freeze some of the fish and white sauce. At least that way, next time I make it I have missed out on a couple of the stages...
  • potatoes - enough for the amount of mash you need
  • large knob butter
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large fillets of white fish, 1 smoked, 1 non smoked (pollack or coley is supposedly most sustainable, but check your fish fight app)
  • 1 −2 pints milk
  • handful of cheese, if you fancy
  • handful of peeled prawns
  • chopped parsley leaves
  1. Peel, cut and boil the potatoes until they are tender. Mash as you usually would. I add a large knob of butter and a bit of milk or cream. 
  2. Meanwhile, hard boil the two eggs for about 10 minutes. Drain and then set aside until you need them.
  3. Poach the fish fillets in 1 pint milk in a large pan. When the fish is cooked, remove the fish from the pan, and pour the milk into a measuring jug.  Peel off the skin, and transfer the flesh to an oven proof dish.  
  4. Now melt 25g (approx)  butter in a non-stick pan and add 2 tbsp (approx) plain flour.  Stir to a thick paste. Gradually add the milk that the fish was poached in, little by little, to make a thick white sauce. If you run out of milk, then you can just use some normal milk.  
  5. If you are feeling really decadent add the grated cheese to the white sauce, although I have to say, I think this pie has enough treats as it is. 
  6. Peel and slice the eggs and place them and the prawns on top of the fish. Season and sprinkle the chopped parsley on top.  
  7. Pour the white sauce over the fish, egg, prawns and parsley. Then top with the mashed potatoes.  Make pretty patterns on the top with a fork.  
  8. Transfer to a hot oven until the pie is bubbling and crispy brown on top.