Perfect Mash

I’ve had one hell of a week!!

We nearly had to give up our ice cream van Lulu, I’ve been getting over a virus and then I had 2 wisdom teeth out!! I suppose you could say it couldn’t get any worse!! It doesn’t help that this has come on the heels of a fantastic week where I met my new nephew and spent time with my mum!!

So I guess you could say I’m in need of comfort food. Now this means different things to different people, but for me it needs to be filling, tasty and above all easy to make, and that means mash!! Whether its mashed potato, carrot & swede or celeriac, it’s that smooth, buttery, satisfying sensation that forms the basis of so many dishes I associate with good times.

In the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that until recently my mash wasn’t perfect!! I suppose it’s such an easy dish that I kinda assumed it wasn’t something that I needed to learn how to make, and that meant that usually, although tasty, my mash wasn’t Flabulous!!

All that has now changed thanks to Delia Smith and my trusty stick blender attachment kit!! Now I serve up smooth, silky, divine mash every time and the Dazzler loves me for it!! It’s so simple and I was so close before that I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get right.

So what’s the secret? All you need to do is Boil your potatoes in salted water until soft (a fork should not be able to pick one up) Then…

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Drain & leave in the pan with a tea-towel over & the lid on for at least 10 minutes. This will allow them to dry out & develop a white powdery coating.

Season & then add a knob of butter & a glug of milk

Using a hand mixer (the type with 2 whisks) on full setting blitz the potatoes until creamy and gorgeous!!

But it doesn’t end there!! Now you have the basis of sooo many Flabulous dishes….

– Serve mashed potatoes with Cumberland or your favourite sausages and baked beans

– Use mashed potato, swede and carrot as a topping to cottage or shepherds pie

– Mix with sautéed onion and cheese (and even some chopped up bacon) for a satisfying treat

Or go all out with my Flabulous fish pie recipe….
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Ingredients
Perfect mash (enough to cover your fish mix)
1 fillet Smoked haddock
2 fillets Cod or other white fish
Frozen king prawns
Frozen Peas
Parsley sauce
Salt and pepper

Method
Make your perfect mash
Cube your fish and arrange in a pie dish
Dot frozen king prawns evenly through your dish
Spread some peas over the mix
Make up your parsley sauce and pour over the fish mix, allowing to cool slightly
Spread your perfect mash over the top and using a fork make swirls over the top
Bake in an oven for 40 mins at gas mark 6
Once cooked take out and allow to cool slightly (15 mins if you can wait) before serving with broccoli and carrots.

These are great to make in advance and freeze before cooking. You can even make individual ones and serve straight from the dishes.

Note Using frozen prawns and peas ensures they are tender when you eat this. You can even use frozen fish!!

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