I was quite homesick for Australia, Canberra and most importantly family and friends when I lived in the UK. My parents came over to see me and other family members a few times and when they were in the UK, it always helped to ease some of that homesickness. Of course the homesickness always came back when they left. I was lucky to have family in the UK – my parents emigrated when I was 3 and aside from my parents and brother all my relatives live in the UK.
While my parents were in the UK, I often took leave from my work as well as weekend trips away. One of the best trips we did was with my Aunt and Uncle on their narrowboat. We left from Worcester and I think headed north towards Birmingham. I loved the time on the river. I always find water relaxing but the added interest of having to open and close locks made my day.
One of my other lasting memories from this trip was the fabulous fish pie that my Aunt bought along for our dinner. The narrow boat had a very basic kitchen and the pre made pie was the perfect solution. It was also not that warm so something hearty was definitely required and the pie also ticked that box.
I did this trip in the early 00s and this food blog got me thinking about reliving some great food memories. Do you have any of these types of dishes you dream about? I wasn’t much in to cooking at the time and didn’t ask my Aunt for her recipe – I really should email her for it. But in the meantime I went hunting for another recipe that I thought I could make for one. This one from The Missing Lokness blog looked doable (some other recipes looked crazy difficult). I also thought the name of the blog was a good omen for a fish pie and the photo with the recipe looked very promising in terms of making a single serve.
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- 170g of firm white fish, cut into 1.5cm cubes (confession time: I forgot to write down the name of the fish I bought and can’t remember what it was called. It was a not a fish I buy regularly and was a bit on the sinewy side)
- 140g of desiree potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
- ¼ of a brown onion
- ½ a carrot cut into pea sized cubes
- ¼ of frozen peas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tbs of milk (I used skim)
- 1 tbs of unsalted butter plus 1 tsp for fish
- 1 tbs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1/8of tsp of lemon juice
- A pinch of paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
I followed the recipe pretty much as given, the onions took about 5 minutes to soften and the fish took about 5 minutes to cook through. Preparation took me about 15 minutes and the total cook time is about 55 minutes if you get the initial cooking of the fish done while the potatoes are bubbling away.
It is not a light on washing up recipe and given it is a bit time consuming to make, this is not an everyday meal for me. It also has about 630 calories so is not the lightest of dishes.
I did enjoy the pie but not as much as I hoped. I think I just had too higher expectations from my Aunt’s pie. Perhaps sometimes truly fabulous meal memories should remain in the past? Having said that, I was reading this post from the Amateur Gourmet and one of the readers commented that fish pies should have smoked haddock. I am sure my Aunt had a wider variety of fish than in this pie and maybe that is the key.