Cauliflower Fish Pie – Day after midsummer

Yesterday was midsummer celebrations here in Sweden, the basics as I see them are:

  • Dress the midsummer pole (like a maypole)
  • Dans round it – pretend to be a frog and highlight the fact that frogs do not have ears or tails… logical I know.
  • The rocket – clap hands pretending to be a fire work, another classic and there is no risk of blowing off a finger so EXTREMELY health and safety friendly.
  • Eat herring, drink snaps and beer.
  • Have strawberries and cream as a cake or on their own.

I did all of the above and then I lured into helping my mum clear out her wardrobe… she did have some real design classics.

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I think I look rather wonderful!

Hence today I figured we needed something tasty today to be build our strength before we carry – the large bags of clothing that had to go to the charity shop.  Fish pie has always been one of my favourites. You can substitute for dairy free cream and milk alternatives and skip the cheese, but it is now quite as good…

Cauliflower Fish pie (serves 4-6) Oven 180 degrees C – takes 45 min

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  • 500 grams of white fish of your choice
  • 200 grams peeled prawns
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 75 grams butter (approximately)
  • 1 tsp of buillion
  • one small onion (finely chopped)
  • spinach and or peas
  • 1 carrot (finely chopped)
  • 5 hard boiled eggs
  • 250 ml of cream
  • 100 ml full fat milk
  • 2-4 tbsp of grated horseradish depending on taste
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 50 grams butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 100 grams grated cheddar
  1. Boil/Steam the cauliflower until soft – put aside
  2. Hard boil 5 eggs
  3. Put the oven on
  4. Use the same pan as you cooked the cauliflower and add the fish (no prawns at this stage) – cover in some boiling water and a good knob of butter and the buillion powder.  Simmer for 3-5 min – the fish will go in the oven later so just needs to be started off in this way. Drain and set aside.
  5. Soften the onion and carrot in a little butter – add the cream, and the milk and thicken for a few minutes on a low simmer. Add the mustard, the horseradish and the salt and pepper (I think it needs a tsp of each but be careful with the alt better to have some sea salt to add later)
  6. With a hand blender mix the cauliflower into a mash.  Add about 25-50 grams of butter, as well as salt and pepper.
  7. Butter an oven proof dish (about 30cm x 20 cm) then add the fish in chunks, prawns, quartered eggs, 2 dl of frozen peas scattered across, 2 handfuls of spinach, the creamy/milky mixture.
  8. Put the mash on top.
  9. Place the grated cheddar on top.
  10. Place in the oven for around 25 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Serve it with cooked greens of your choice.

This is very satisfying food and great if you have overindulged yesterday whilst pretending to be a fire work…

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Cauliflower and Mince Bake… no shepherds or cottages were harmed in the making of this!

I think the very traditional British ‘pies’ with mashed potato on top ate very satisfying and sometime you need that.  So what to substitute mash for. I made this very easy and basic version with cauliflower mash on top and it was delicious. I have to try it next as topping for a fishy equivalent as I absolutely love fish pie. My problem used to be that I always felt so full i thought i may vomit afterwards!

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(P.S. there is a reason that I am not calling this a cottage or shepherds pie substitute as albeit it could be categorised in the same family is the fact that when people say ‘this gluten free pizza is as good as standard gluten/wheat based pizza’ I think you are set up for failure. You may have thought it was delicious if you didn’t compare!!

P.P.S. another interesting (well to me) thought is that fact that wouldn’t life be so much easier if we stopped comparing things. We worry about our kids and peer pressure but even as an adult you look at your neighbours,peers and people in the street. Albeit you may not say like a 6 year old ‘I want that’ you or I certainly from time to time think it.  Why do I waste energy on wanting things and believing the grass is always greener somewhere else. It is just my head being a bitch!  I don’t think I am overly materialistic but I think todays society seeds WANT.  I will try and want less… I watched http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1626146/ (Hectors Search for Happiness) maybe not the best movie I have ever watched, but easy fun and a good topic.  Maybe I will start what my grandfather did with his family every morning – laughing atIMG_0440 the breakfast table for 2 minutes, great medicine!

Anyway… here goes

Cauliflower and Mince Bake (finally) Serves 6

Oven on 200 degrees Celsius – 40 minutes (including prep time)

I actually made a little one for the kids as we are going out tomorrow then their dinner is sorted!

One medium cauliflower – chopped upp and steamed until soft (about 10 min depending on the size you chop the cauliflower into)

one onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic

one onion

half a courgette/zucchini

Chop all finely and cook until transparent – add mince and brown, add plenty of salt and pepper (tsp of each) and some dried herbs (1tbs – oregano or herbs de Provence)

Place in oven proofed dish when cooked through

Whizz steamed (or boiled) cauliflower with 25 grams of butter, 1 tbs of olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper.  Put the mixture on top of the mince mixture.

Grate plenty of strong cheese on top – I tend to use mature cheddar (100 grams)

Place in oven until bubbling and golden around 20-25 minutes!

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Taco Deluxe – Slow cooked beef

To make my slow cooked beef for my deluxe taco’s I use one portion of the Taco seasoning and add:

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one small onion – chopped

2 garlic cloves  (in addition to the one in the seasoning) – chopped

2 tbs of oil for frying

Cook all the seasoning and the above for a few minutes and them brown the beef.

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Then add:

One small chopped chilli

1 tin of tomatoes

1/2 dl of red wine

Place in the oven in a pot with a lid for a minimum of 6 hours at 100 degrees C – but another 2 hours is no problem.  I would either do it over night and just reheat it when you are eating it or if you can all day!

Serve with your usual Taco condiments.  I always have Salsa, Guacamole, Turkish Yogurt/Sour Cream and grated cheese (I love cheddar). This time I also made a coleslaw which I can add recipe for later.

I would say I loved the food but when our guests arrived the red wine started to flow hence I chatted and laughed way to much!  A great Friday evening dinner – quick to prepare (say around 15 min) and very tasty – I had the leftovers with half an avocado and some scrambled eggs. Delicious!!

The rest of the weekend we ave pottered in the garden, drunk coffee had Saturday sweets (in Sweden this is a very common tradition and one we have not let go despite eating very healthily at other times). Mr M. and I don’t tend to have any… albeit last night the kids had not finished theirs hence I went to bed sugared up feeling way to full! Sunday morning football for eldest and run for me! Ready for the week ahead!

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Another manic Monday…

Today for lunch I felt the need to use some leftover chicken, a sad tomato and incorporated in a very tasty Quesedilla.  First to the wheat free ‘tortilla’:

100g /1dl buckwheat (bovete) flour

1 egg

2dl liquid – dairy free milk or milk if you eat dairy

2 tbs olive oil

pinch of salt

Filling:

Avocado, chicken, tomato, red onion and cheese. A squeeze of lemon or lime juice plus some S&P is also great to making it even tastier (chill never goes a miss either).  Be creative a lot of things are tasty warm with some cheese…

This makes 2 pancakes which you cook just like normal in some oil.  When the second one is golden add a good dose of cheese – I used cheddar (around 100g) but you can use goats or ewes cheese if you are intolerant. Add the other ingredients chopped:

100g cheese (I use cheddar as I used to live in Somerset the home of Cheddar!) Lidl ( does good cheddar from my old town)quesedilla_open

1 tomato

1 small avocado

1/4 of a smallish red onion

Spread everything out on one pancake add second pancake and squeeze with a pan lid or similar. Add S&P as well as squeeze of citrus of your choice and then serve with some greek/turkish yogurt and or some leftover Salsa.  As I am based in Sweden you will of course realize that with Taco Friday being a big part of Swedish life most swedes have an old jar of salsa in their fridge

I have also realized that an open quesadilla is equally good if it feels like two pancakes is a lot. This makes a lunch for one or a starter for two.

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Enjoy!