Spring may be here, but warmer temperatures (and sunshine) are still fleeting…so what is one to do when wanting/needing warmth?
Cook and eat.
Eat comfort food.
So that’s what I did. I prepared (and enjoyed) the fabulous fish pie from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, The Naked Chef Takes Off.
Be sure to gather and prep all ingredients first; a few are cooked at the same time, in the same pot…best to be organized, but don’t let this intimidate you – it’s so worth the effort!
Fabulous Fish Pie
Recipe taken from The Naked Chef Takes Off, Jamie Oliver
5 large potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch squares
2 large eggs
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, halved and finely chopped
approximately 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
2 good handfuls of grated sharp cheddar or parmesan cheese (I used cheddar, haven’t tried it with parmesan)
juice of 1 lemon
1 heaped teaspoon of English mustard
1 large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 lb. haddock, skin removed and sliced into strips
fresh nutmeg (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 F. Put the potatoes into salted boiling water and bring back to a boil for 2 minutes. Carefully add the eggs to the pot and cook for a further 8 – 10 minutes, until hard boiled, by which time the potatoes should also be cooked. At the same time, steam the spinach in a colander above the pan. This will only take a minute. When the spinach is done, remove from the colander and gently squeeze out any excess moisture. Then drain the potatoes in the colander. Remove the eggs, cool under cold water, then peel and quarter them. Place to one side.
In a separate pan slowly fry the onion and carrot in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes,
then add the cream and bring just to a boil.
Remove from heat and add the cheese, lemon juice, mustard and parsley.
Put the spinach, fish and eggs into an appropriately sized earthenware dish and mix together, pouring over the creamy vegetable sauce.
The cooked potatoes should be drained and mashed. Mash with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and even a dash of nutmeg, if you wish. Spread on top of the fish. Don’t bother piping it to make it look pretty – it’s a homely hearty thing.
Place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the potatoes are golden.
Serve with some nice greens or side salad.