Sweet pea fish pie

Normally we make fish pie by roasting the fish then stirring into a mushroom condensed soup and topping with some form of potato. This is very nice, and I won’t stop doing it this cheat’s way, but always fancied making a real one. This one by Jamie Oliver takes much longer, and is much more involved, but the end result is cheap, healthy and delicious. And it’s not remotely hard!

1kg potatoes
1 lemon
40g butter
400g frozen peas
2 carrots
2 onions
500ml semi-skimmed milk (ideal for me as I had a bottle to use up urgently!)
2 x frozen salmon fillets (I replaced with smoked haddock as morrisons doesn’t stock loads of frozen fish and salmon had run out)
2 x frozen white fish fillets
65g plain flour
100g frozen spinach (morrisons has only just started stocking this but it’s great to keep in!)
125g frozen cooked peeled prawns (I used value ones which goes a bit against my principles but I can really afford prawns! Had the rest in a delicious sandwich for lunch)
1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
40g cheese

Peel and chop the potatoes. Boil for 15 mins or until cooked through.
Drain and mash the potatoes with seasoning, butter and the lemon zest
Put the frozen peas in a colander and pour boiling water over them to defrost them.
Blend the peas a bit with a stick blender or processor
Fold the peas through the potato to create a rippled effect
Peel and chop the onions and carrots and cook in a pan with oil for 10 mins
Meanwhile heat the milk and when simmering add the frozen fish for around 10 mins or until cooked. (I wasn’t sure how this would work but it worked perfectly in my medium pan)
Remove the fish with a slotted spoon and put on a plate
Stir the flour into the carrot and onion and gradually add the milk, stirring continuously to make a sauce. (Worried if this’d work ok but it was easy!)
Stir in the spinach until broken down (6-7 mini rolls of spinach in the morrisons bag)- this took longer than expected
Flake in the fish (minus skin!), add the prawns, mustard, grated cheese and juice from half the lemon I didn’t see that the juice was used here!
Stir to combine
Pour the fish mixture into a bowl (I used my largest lasagne one which was perfect) and to with the potato. Ripple the top a bit so it looks nice
Bake for 30-40 mins

Jamie suggests serving this with beans, which I did, and which I’d do again. I love beans, and it made it much easier to convince panther to eat it!

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