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Sweet pea fish pie
The great British fish pie, or in this case: Sweet pea fish pie
‘This is super cheap and it’s one of the best ones I've ever made,’ says Jamie. ‘And I like to think I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to fish pies.
‘Using frozen food is usually loads cheaper and saves you money because you only use the quantity that you need.
'Using inexpensive frozen fish, in this case haddock and salmon, is a great way to cut costs, because if you're going to make fish cakes, fish pie, or croquettes, the way you cook the fish won’t make any difference to the texture or flavour to the final dish.'
Ingredients based on prices at Sainsbury's:
Two carrots – 20p
Two onions – 40p
Frozen haddock - £3.99
Frozen salmon - £4.50
Potatoes - £1.60
Frozen peas - £1
One lemon – 32p
Mustard - £1
Frozen spinach pods - £1.49
Cheddar cheese - £1.88
Frozen prawns - £2.50
Dice the two carrots and two onions. Place into a large pan on a medium heat and let them sweat while stirring
Put the frozen fish into a pan and pour over a pint of milk
Poach for ten to fifteen minutes
Boil the potatoes, pouring the hot water over the frozen peas to defrost them
Add a knob of butter to the potatoes and a little lemon zest
Combine the peas and the potatoes by mashing together
Once the carrots and onions are nicely browned, add two heaped tablespoons of flour and a big dollop of English mustard
Add 100g of frozen spinach pods and melt together in the pan
Add 125g of frozen cooked prawns to the pan
Add the carrots, onions, spinach and prawns to a large cooking dish
Break up the salmon and smoked haddock over the top of the carrots, onions, spinach and prawns
Squeeze half a lemon over the top and add 40 grams of grated cheddar cheese
Load up some sweet pea mash over the top, creating divets for extra crispness
Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees
Add baked beans if you love ‘em!
Serves 6-8 people
Jamie’s total costs: £1.32 per portion
Total cost according to Sainsbury’s: £3.15 per person for six portions. £2.36 per person for eight portions
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It's easy to see where the price difference is coming in. In MSN's version they are paying 80p each time for a pinch of herbs, or £1 a time for a spoonful of mustard etc. Jamie is making that classic mistake of thinking everyone is as posh as he is and already has a fully stocked herbs, spices and condiments rack before they start therefore falsely cutting the cost of his meals. The poorest people in our country at the moment probably can't afford to have these things already in their kitchen!
As far as his meals are concerned, no comments about that fact that he buys in bulk and probably gets discount because the product is going to be used on the show!
The first recipe shown "roast beef"; If you go to any good butcher you should pay less than the £14 quoted, also many cuts of good beef are very cheap if you know what you are after.
Still interesting that the Sainsbury prices are double that from the programme.
Where do they get these figures we don't throw away any food.
We buy what we need and eat what we need.
And as for the comments on working try 70 hours a week in a foundry on piece work.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word work.
But I agree a lot of the young today are pathetic wimps.
We have had some come to work and after dinnertime you never see them again.