Sunday, 7 October 2012


Good Morning to you,

We want to say a big thank you, to all the lovely people, who were kind enough to send George and I their best wishes for  our Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday 3rd October. It was so thoughtful of you and we both really appreciated your kindness.

George and I had a lovely day together, which as you will probably have guessed, involved food!

.....and that leads me on to what I am cooking today, a fish pie.

But first a verse,

Dance To Thy Daddy

(A folk song originating in Northumberland)
1st verse

Dance to your Daddy, my little laddie,
Dance to your Daddy, my little man,
Thou shalt have a fishy,
and thou shalt have a fin,
Thou shalt have a codlin when the boat comes in,
Thou shalt have a haddock baked in a pan,
Dance to your daddy, my little man.

Please,  don't let the name  fish pie, put you off. The pie doesn't have a pastry topping, it's mash potato.  It's a dish which works well during the winter.  You also don't have to use the same fish as I did. You can make changes to include fish which your family enjoy. It can also be made with one,  two, or three different types of fish, it's really up to you. Whatever you are able to source and if you are lucky enough to have a husband who goes fishing, even better.

Now doesn't this look delicious. 


A 10" round dish which can be used in the oven,
 Oven temperature of 160C
Cooking time 1 hour


1.5 kg potatoes
1 oz butter (or olive oil if preferred)
dash of milk
salt and pepper

Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Rinse under cold running water.  Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with salted water.   Bring to the boil, then simmer until the potatoes are tender. This will take approximately 30 minutes, but again as I always say, "keep an eye" on the potatoes. 


2 large carrots
1 stick of celery
1 onion
4 oz frozen peas

Peel and chop the carrot into small cubes. Peel and chop the onion and celery. The peas are frozen garden peas so they do not require any preparation.

 Put a little olive oil in a large pan and cook the onions and celery until translucent.  Add the carrots and peas and  half a cup of water, place the lid on the pan and cook the carrots until tender for about 5 minutes, if you prefer a crisper carrot then reduce the cooking time. 


50g butter
50g flour
1 pint of milk
grated zest of a lemon
salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour, allow to cook for a minute, then add the milk and whisk until thick and glossy.  Add salt and pepper and grated lemon zest. The sauce will be thick, don't worry as this is how it should be.

When the sauce is cooked add to the pan with the onion, celery, carrots and peas.  Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.


200g prawns
280g salmon
250g white fish

 Cut the salmon fillets and white fish into bite sized pieces,  add to the white sauce, do not stir, place on the top. Finally  add the prawns. 

Spoon the mixture into a dish. As you spoon the mixture into the dish you will find the fish will be incorporated into the white sauce.

By now, the potatoes will be cooked and ready to be turned into fluffy mashed potato.

Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the butter. The potatoes are hot so the butter will melt quickly. Add a dash of milk  (two tablespoons) and mix. I use a wooden spoon and give the potatoes a good beating (a bit like kneading bread, gets rid of any frustrations). Check for seasoning, if more is needed, add now.

Placed the fluffy mashed potato on top of the fish and white sauce. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 1 hour.

or  until the potato topping is golden brown.

Allow to cool a little.

......and there you have it a delicious fish pie.
You can also add cheese to the white sauce, or chopped parsley. If you prefer sweetcorn, omit the peas and add sweetcorn.

This week I be joining,
See you later in the week.
Best Wishes
Daphne xxx 


  1. I haven'thad fish pie for ages and ages. Yours looks so tasty. Now the cooler weather is coming I had better add this to my list of comfort meals. :)

    1. Hello Linda, Fish pie is such a good standby when you want something warm and filling and here in the North of England we certainly need that. Having said that, your part of the world is much colder than mine, so I expect you have a longer list of comfort foods. Take care, Best Wishes, Daphne

  2. Que delícia de prato esse. Não há quem não goste dele!! beijos,linda semana,chica

    1. Ola Chica, Thank you for your kind words. Fish pie is a delicious dish and a favourite with my family, young and old. Have a lovely day today. Best Wishes Daphne

  3. Happy Anniversary Daphne, ours was Oct 1. 46 years. Where does the time go. Thanks for stopping by today and leaving that lovely compliment.

    1. Good Morning Linda, Wow 46 years that is wonderful and you just celebrated your anniversary aswell. Congratulations. Lovely to hear from you again. Best Wishes Daphne

  4. I am a fish most Italians are :)

    1. Good Morning Daniela, I'm with you, I love fish and would always choose it over meat. My husband is the meat eater in our family, but he enjoys fish pie as the fish remains chunky when cooking. Have a lovely day. Best Wishes Daphne

  5. Hallo Daphne!Very nice recipe! Im gonna add it to my recipes! Very nice presentation of the recipe! Thank you for your nice comment !Have a lovely week!

    1. Kalimara Dimi, Thank you, I do hope you try the recipe as it is very tasty. The recipe can be changed and I have made it with sliced potatoes before and of course when I lived in Cyprus I used the beautiful Cyprus potatoes. Have a lovely day. Best Wishes Daphne

  6. Parabéns pelo aniver de casamento...Felicidades!
    gosto do seu blog.

  7. Ola Lena, Thank you for your best wishes on our Wedding Anniversary and I am so pleased you enjoy reading my blog, it makes it all worthwhile when I see the faces of people who read my blog. I feel I am gaining a new group of friends. Have a wonderful day. Best Wishes Daphne


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