Frozen Fish Pie #Coolcookery

Towards the end of the week we all get a little tired and reach for the freezer. Fish fingers & chips, frozen pizza..? What about if I showed you how you could cook a wonderful homemade pie in the same amount of time it takes to put out fish & chips? Stay tuned! <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/5076295/?claim=9n2npns8jn8">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Did you know the range of frozen foods you can get these days? No longer are they quick convenience foods. They are also some of the highest vitamin levels in vegetables which are frozen. After all they are frozen within an hour or two retaining all that goodness rather than losing it like fresh veg in transport and display (sometimes left for a month in storage!)  So not only is frozen veg & fruit better for you it also creates less waste. After all how often do you buy herbs or onions or mushrooms and use what is needed for the recipe only to have to throw the rest away a day or two later? In fact using frozen food can save you a whopping £250 a year!

Why not start by buying some frozen broccoli or mashed potato to start you off? The British Frozen Food Federation (check out their site – CoolCookery.co.uk) and Britmums have asked me to show you how I cook with frozen food. I love the frozen food aisle and often use the veg from it to make a huge soup at the weekend full of warmth & goodness. But how about a perfect fish pie in the same amount of time as fish & chips? PS it cost the same too! Which would you prefer?

Here we go:

Frozen Fish Pie (4 Servings)

2 frozen Salmon Steaks
Equivalent of half a chopped Onion
Chopped Herbs (we used Coriander)
Frozen Mushrooms
Frozen Peas
Frozen Puff Pastry
Jar of white sauce




Method:


   First of all I would take the puff pastry out the freezer that morning before you head out. Trying to defrost it in the microwave wasn’t my cleverest idea! As to the rest. Just use a peg to seal up what’s left and use again another day. If you like a golden top on your pastry just whip across it with a pastry brush and some milk! Pop the Oven on to 180o and pop in for 45 mins. Pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine and put your feet up!




There we go. A homemade, full of goodness Fish Pie made in 60seconds! Costing less than fish & chips and providing another four meals at least.

I’m working with Britmums and Coolcookery.co.uk highlighting the versatility, economy and nutritional benefits of cooking with frozen food. All opinions are my own. For recipes and ideas visit http://biy.ly/coolcookery

Multipurpose Guest Room

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On our quest to make our house the “forever” home we have a room that’s not quite anything. It’s a general storage, spare, study, crash pad ground and it’s about time we sorted it out. The rooms a decent size but we want a lot from it! I want to ensure guests can stay over and if its someone like my parents ensure there’s a bed for them both rather than one on the floor! My husband wants and needs a study. So I’ve been hunting about on Pinterest and have seen a million and one ideas that I would love to try out. I don’t think I would want a 1960’s style drop out of the wall bed – I have vision of hide & seek going a tad wrong or lasting forever! I think the king size bed and ensuite idea will have to go if we have a workable desk inside it but I’ve just seen that you can get small double beds which might be the solution.  If guests are staying they won’t be here long (how many times can you stand to find lego in the bed?) so a small double would be perfect and would also leave room for the other half to spread himself out and have a desk he can lock up when needed! I quite like the picture idea to the left here, what about you guys? I might have to change the colours to a creamy yellow for a sunshiney look(last owners had dark purple & red) Any suggestions before I start are most welcome!

I suppose the next idea is how I can also incorporate a mini library inside the room with a coffee machine without the kids or anyone finding out!