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2nd April 2015

Personal thoughts from the Festival Director - not necessarily endorsed by the Festival Organisers.

Notes for the Month - March, 2015

Salmon Cottage Pie

OK. I know that cottage pie is made with beef but I was told about this variation by a friend and thought I would try it. Actually I put too much liquid in and not enough potato or leeks. However you must use your own judgement on balancing flavours!

To feed 3.
Take 2 tins salmon. (pink is cheaper and some, including me, think pink works as well as red in this dish) Flake the fish and put in a casserole dish.
Chop the white parts of 1 large or 2 small leeks and sweat them (off!) in a saucepan. When softened, add asparagus. Then add flour and stir in. Add milk and bring to the boil. (I added fish stock too but forgot to lessen the milk so got too much liquid.)
Season the liquid. I added dill too which seems to work well.
Now add the contents of the saucepan to the salmon with some frozen peas and any other vegetables you fancy. (blanch any root vegetables first) Top with mashed potato and place in a hot oven for 30 minutes or so, until the potato has browned on top.