Hi there, my name is Meg and I am humbled to be here today from meg-made. I am here to give Jennifer a hug

If I could give her a real hug, I would.If I could send Jennifer a real batch of cookies or a real pie, I would.

But…I’m in London.And so last night I poured all my love and hugs into a Fish Pie and am sending this post in friendship, support and my biggest e-hug possible.

There’s something entirely satisfying about fish and potato together. It is both nourishing and the most comforting comfort food I know.

This recipe was found in a slightly unlikely place, a cookbook for toddler food! Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner book has some tried and tested favourites for my daughter Madeleine, but the “Mummy’s Favourite Fish Pie” is a winner with the entire family.
500g potatoes, peeled and diced
4 tablespoons milk
75g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped
1½ tablespoons plain flour
200ml milk, extra
225g firm white fish fillets, skinned and cut into fairly large cubes
225g salmon fillets, skinned and cut into fairly large cubes
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 bay leaf
50g grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1. Cook the potatoes in a pan of lightly salted water until tender (about 15 minutes), then drain and mash with the 4 tablespoons of milk and half of the butter.
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F.
3. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy-based saucepan and cook the onion for 3 minutes.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
6. Add the milk, bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute.
7. Stir in the fish, parsley and bay leaf, and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the grated cheese until melted.
8. Divide the fish between 4 ramekin dishes (or a large pie dish) and top with the mashed potato.
9. Brush the potato with lightly beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You can brown the pies under a preheated grill for a few minutes at the end if you wish.
I hope this fish pie warms you from within and gives you a giant big hug if you need one too.
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A warm thank you to Meg for this yummy hug all the way from London.


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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