Sunday supermarket shopping means plenty of bargains – this week, filled the freezer with fish.
So cod for tea and as the August rain lashed horizontally at the windows I felt the need for something warm and comforting.
Any flakey/smoked fish would work with this.
Start by putting the oven on to warm up to 200 degrees.
First poach the fish – barely cover it with milk in a pan and gently poach for five minutes.
At the same time, fry an onion and crushed clove of garlic in a little butter.
Take the fish off, lift out the fish pieces and strain the milk into a jug.
Make a cheese sauce using the fish poaching milk. Add some grated nutmeg and chopped parsley. Check the seasoning after adding the cheese.
While that’s cooking out a bit, make some breadcrumbs. Pop some days-old bread (dry it out in the oven if fresh), parsley, Parmesan and lemon zest. Season with black pepper.
Put everything together in an oven -roof dish – flake the fish, stir in the onion mix, add some peas and cover with the cheese sauce. Top with the crumbs.
Bake for about ten minutes – finish off under the grill if it’s not golden brown from the oven.
Served it simply with green veg and crusty bread.
I paired it with a Marston’s Old Empire IPA.