|'Just Five Ingredients', £9.09, Amazon|
I must admit, even I was dubious about buying this book. However, as a beginner in the kitchen, every recipe is achievable and when trying to save money, only ever needing five ingredients is a huge relief. I made this recipe last week; it was delicious and I already had almost all the ingredients, I just bought salmon for £5.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water, cover and simmer for 15-20 mins or until tender.
- Meanwhile, place the milk in a saute pan. Add the salmon fillet, ensuring it is fully covered, then poach for 3-5 minutes or until just tender, depending on its thickness. Transfer the fish to a plate until cool enough to handle. Flake into bite-sized chunks, checking for any stray bones. Strain the poaching liquid through a sieve into a jug.
- (At this point, I cooked the broccoli in a saucepan and when ready, left aside until later).
- Melt half the butter in a large non-stick pan. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Pour in the reserved poaching liquid, a little at a time, whisking continuously after each addition.
- Once all the liquid has been added to the sauce, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has slightly reduced and thickened. Season to taste. I added some dill (as it was in the cupboard!).
- Drain the cooked potatoes and mash them, beat in the remaining butter and season to taste.
- Lightly butter a deep ovenproof pie dish and add a couple of tablespoons of the sauce. Scatter over the flaked salmon (and the broccoli), then spoon the remaining sauce on top. Allow a light skin to form, then carefully spread over the mashed potatoes to cover completely. I then sprinkled over some grated cheese (just because I love it). Bake for 25-30 minutes until the fish pie is completely heated through and bubbling at the edges.