The village that I grew up in has an annual wheelbarrow race and after the huge success of my cupcake stand at the Jubilee party, I’ve been asked to do another stand at the wheelbarrow race. This is all exciting but I have no idea what theme I’m going with… I can’t find any wheelbarrow/garden-themed toppers and I think that green/brown icing would just be really unappealing.
Any ideas cakey people?
We’ve just moved into our new house and things have been pretty stressful! I’ve had my in-laws-to-be staying this week and we’ve been out loads and had a generally lovely time!
I am, however, back now! I made ravioli last night so I’m gonna pop a recipe up to that this week.
How have you been? How’s your life going?
This weekend we finally moved in to our house! My in-laws-to-be bought us this little heart and it pretty much sums up the whole move.
On Saturday night we went out for tapas with my parents, who came to stay for the weekend to help us get stuff straight. The restaurant is called La Perla, which I love because my cat is called Pearla and I love her. The food was incredible. I recommend it to anyone who lives around here/is visiting. We had mini chorizo and beef burgers, monk fish in angel hair pastry, lemon and coriander scallops, goats cheese with tomato chutney, white crab meat served up in a martini glass, and loads of other stuff I can’t even remember! We also shared a paella which was incredible! Apologies for the blurry photos, we were underground and the lighting was all dim and romantic, I didn’t want to start flashing my camera and start interrupting all the date nights!
Afterwards, we went for ice cream at my favourite place, The Real Italian Ice cream Company (the Real Italian Pizza Company is next door, and that’s equally as delicious!). I had amaretti and chocolate ice cream and it was divine.
Last weekend I went home to stay with my parents and although I usually object to anything other than a roast on a Sunday, last week everyone was just too busy to faff about roasting a chicken and doing all the trimmings. So, my mum decided to make one of her mean fish pies. It’s super quick and easy and it’s so tasty. After the success of my seafood chowder recipe that I posted a couple of weeks ago, I forced my mum to share her recipe for LBH :) Find the recipe below – enjoy!
You will need:
- 5 potatoes
- A good tbsp butter
- 1 large onion
- A good chunk of chorizo
- 1tbsp plain flour
- 300ml milk
- Tbsp mustard
- A handful of frozen peas
- 2 packs of fish pie mix (we’re complete cheats! It includes salmon, haddock and cod. Tesco’s is great!)
- A pack of fresh uncooked prawns
- A good sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese (to top)
You could also add: muscles, capers, calamari, most other fish!
Start by peeling your potatoes and putting them on to boil for your mashed potato topping. When they’re soft to poke with a knife. Strain them and mash them up with a big dollop of butter.
In a medium saucepan, fry off an onion and add in chopped chorizo. Cook until the onions are starting to brown, then sift over the flour and continue to stir over the heat for a few minutes.
Start to gradually add in the milk, making sure that the sauce is thickening as you do. When the milk is all stirred in, pop in a bit of mustard and add a handful of frozen peas. Simmer on a low heat whilst you prepare the fish.
Either dice your fish to inch cubes, or take it out the pack and put it in a large oven proof dish. We always use a deep one, but it’d work just as well in a lasagna dish.
Pour the sauce over the fish and give it a good stir, before topping with the mashed potato and sprinkling with cheese.
Pop it in the oven on gas mark 5 for around 40 minutes and enjoy!