Life changes: life goes on. We now need to reorient, refocus and redesignate the purposes of three of the rooms in the house. Everything is in transition here and I realised one afternoon whilst all this was going on, that there were, at the time, only three places where I could sit, lie or relax until more is moved out and reorganised. But on the plus side, I had my bedroom, the bath and, thankfully, the kitchen that remained unscathed after the exodus.
So to celebrate kitchen functionality, David and I decided to make a simple fish pie for supper but the number of steps and exhortations in the given recipe made the whole thing much more complicated than necessary. The finished product was a great success so our last 'family' meal, before Kit moved away was a memorable one. The Vas Felix Chardonnay was an excellent accompaniment and encouraged us during the preparation of the meal.
Here goes, and I'll cut out a lot of the direction guff and just streamline the method as much as I can.
Peel and slice 750g each potato and sweet potato and boil (separately is easier) for 15 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat, combine and mash together coarsely with 25g butter or margarine.
Put 250 ml semi skimmed milk (skimmed works just as well), 200 ml hot fish or vegetable stock, 500g salmon fillet and 200g cooked and peeled prawns in a roasting tin, fish kettle or large frying pan and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and will flake easily. Lift fish onto a plate, reserving liquid. Skin the salmon and break into chunks. Arrange with the prawns in the base of a 2L casserole dish.
In a medium pan (yes, this recipe uses a lot of cookware!) melt 50g margarine and add 50g flour, stirring constantly to make a roux. Remove from heat and gradually add reserved fish liquid, stirring until smooth. Return pan to heat and continue to stir on low until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, stir in 170g soured cream and a handful chopped, fresh basil. Pour sauce over fish in casserole.
Top with the mashed potato and sweet potato mix and bake in a 200ºC oven for about 20 - 30 minutes until bubbling and browned on top.
Serve with a green vegetable such as broccoli, asparagus or beans.