Lorraine Pascale is hanging on my kitchen wall… Love Angeli

November 24, 2015 • Food & Interiors • Views: 603

One of the lovely things about being married to a photographer is you get to have lovely pictures hanging on the walls in your house. In our kitchen there is a photo of Lorraine Pascale that he took when she was a model.. A long time ago but I love the pic so it stays!

I really like Lorraine’s approach to food, simple, tasty and less than 100 ingredients and as fish pie is a favourite in our house I thought I’d share her sweet potato topped recipe with you. Plus it’s  a healthy and low fat option and it’s also done in 20 minutes of baking time! A perfect winter warmer dish, practical and it won’t hurt your waistline.   Love Angeli x


I learnt how to make a fish pie the traditional way, with lots of poaching of fish and boiling
of eggs. It’s a very satisfying end result, but one that takes so much time. During the six
o’clock scramble, when all I really want to do is flop down on the sofa with a large glass of
something white and cold, spending hours making dinner for the family is not really on the
top of my list. This super-quick fish pie can be made in a heartbeat and you can change
up the fish to vary the taste. I hope it will earn a place on your weekly dinner plate.
potato topping
500g sweet potatoes (about 2 medium),
peeled and cut into 2cm dice
300g potato (about 1 large), peeled and
cut into 2cm dice
25g butter
Good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
fish filling
2 tbsp cornflour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
700g  fish, skinless, cut into bitesized chunks (I like to use haddock and salmon)
150g frozen peas
½ bunch of spring onions, sliced
Fronds from 1/3 bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
100g crème fraîche
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C), 400°F,
Gas Mark 6.
Bring a medium pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes together for 10–12 minutes or
until tender. Alternatively, steam the potatoes, in which case they tend to take on less water, making
for a stiffer, drier (and better) sweet potato mash. As this cooks, put the cornflour in a wide pan with a little of the milk and stir until dissolved and smooth. Then add the rest of the milk while stirring all the time. Place on a low to medium heat and while continuing to stir all the time, bring to a simmer
and cook for a few minutes until slightly thickened. Then add the fish, peas, spring onion and dill and cook gently for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent it from catching on the bottom. Carefully stir in the crème fraîche and salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat and tip into a 2.5 litre ovenproof dish (mine measures 25cm square and 6cm deep). Once cooked, drain the potatoes well and tip them back into the pan. Mash until smooth (or use a Mouli grater or potato ricer) with the butter, nutmeg and enough salt and pepper to taste. Place spoonfuls of the mashed potato all over the top of the fish filling and spread it out evenly with a fork. Grate over a little
more nutmeg if you fancy it and pop on a baking tray in the oven for about 20 minutes until the top is just catching colour and the fish filling is piping hot. Serve at once.

Lorraine will be appearing at the BBC Good Food Show Winter (NEC Birmingham 26-29th November 2015).


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