Fish pie today – made with leftovers

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home made fish pieFish pie is one of Little Miss Green’s favourite meals. In fact, virtually anything based around fish gets her vote.

We did a quick you Tube vid to show you how I make it. It’s the perfect meal for using up leftovers as you can use any cooked vegetables that you have to hand. As you might remember from the ‘fridge inventory I did at the beginning of the week, we had some left over carrots, broccoli and mashed potato.

I was even able to find some zero waste cream, in our small local shop of all places. It came in a tin, which we can recycle and it must taste good because of this pictorial evidence:

zero waste fish pie

I also came into the kitchen later on and caught Mr Green red handed:

zero waste meal

He may well look surprised:

zero waste meals

and even the cat joined in:

food without packaging or waste

So I think it’s safe to say that although it looked a bit ropey on the video and I had a spot of bother mashing things down, my oven waved its magic wand as it cooked and all was well. As Mr Green said with his mouthful “That’s amazing, all the vegetables have gone soft now!”

You’ll see that it took less than 5 minutes to make. That has to be fast, convenience but zero waste food at its best!


I just want to clarify further about my saucepan comment on the film. I said something like “Don’t look at my saucepan, it really should be in the bin.” Which, to be honest, it should. It’s about 10 years old, was bought as part of cheap set and had some kind of bakelite-type handles which are both missing. One fell off when I was taking it out of the oven – I was not a happy bunny.

Anyway, I think this speaks volumes about our mindset around ‘waste’ and ‘rubbish’. Not so long ago I would have tossed that saucepan out. The lid has long disappeared (it was glass and got dropped), the pan has no handles and I burn myself everytime I try to drain the contents because there are no proper handles. It doesn’t look nice and it’s awkward to use.

But you know what? It still does its job. It has one of those funky sandwich bases on it which means it doesn’t catch on the bottom and it retains the heat well. It’s round, it’s steel and well, it’s a saucepan! So I don’t actually need to replace it. Sure I WANT to, but I don’t need to. As you might remember from this post; there are other things in the house that I would like to replace but don’t actually need to.

When the time comes that I have burned myself one too many times, I have already decided to get Mr G to drill holes in the bottom for me to grow something in it. At least it will get to continue its life as something else. I think herbs would be a fitting choice 🙂

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kris says:

    That’s cool – I was looking indulgently at my saucepans which have been going strong for over a decade, and thinking how much I like them still. I chose them purely for their colour, out of the catalogue and they weren’t a particularly expensive set, but I still have all six pieces and where appropriate, the glass lids.

    Converting your increasingly dangerous pan to a planter sounds a fab idea – maybe in this case health and safety ought to be enough to let go of it.

  2. Layla says:

    Interesting vid! We’ve had fresh potatoes or rice/milled/buckwheat or even pasta baked this way (with or without other veggies)… never thought of putting fish in!

    Is the salmon raw like eg tuna or pre-cooked or..? (not sure if we have salmon-in-a-tin here.. Would raw fish work well too, or would have to be pre-cooked or something?) We do need to eat more fish, so something like this might be doable!

    I take it the veggies are pre-cooked? (or not?)
    also, is the cream ‘sour’ (like from yoghurt) or ‘sweet’ (like for birthday cakes)? It looks ‘sour cream’ to me..

    About the pan.. Still looks lovely.. we have a few with handles falling off too.. One just needs to be extra careful while carrying them..
    I wonder if new handles could somehow be fitted on to that..? Hope you’re at least using kitchen gloves or cloths for protection? (Haven’t really burnt on any of ours, one must just take care they don’t drop on the floor or something, when carrying..)

    I wanted to throw some of granny’s plates & dishes away, a few years ago.. and she said, ‘Oh but in the old days we had much worse plates and dishes, and we used them all the time!’ This got me thinking too! (and old pots got repaired and such!)

  3. Great vid Mrs G,you’ve now got me in the mood to defrost some of those frozen loins 😀 x

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Kris: It’s nice when we choose things that we still love years later. So many people have a ‘disposable’ attitude to home items.

    @Layla: All the ingredients are cooked. I’m not sure about the cream – we don’t have sweet and sour to my knowledge. This is just cream that can be served with either sweet or savoury items. It doesn’t have any sugar in it, if that’s what you mean.

    @Almost Mrs Average: Oooo, you little devil; I hope they are defrosting now and will be enjoyed for dinner.

  5. maisie says:

    Lovely fish pie, they can be very forgiving in what you can add to the main ingredients.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @maisie: That’s what I love about this recipe, Maisie. As long as I have the mash and some cream – any other type of fish or veg can go in!

  7. Layla says:


    Well, if you take cream off cooked milk, it’s called ‘sweet’ in Slovenia (with no sugar added), and if you take it off ‘sour milk’/raw yogurt it’s called ‘sour’… Both can be bought in the shops too.. ‘Sweet’ is usually runny, almost like milk, to be put into coffee or whipped (for fruit salads or cake toppings) or used for baking, so I’m guessing this might be ‘sour’, regarding consistency etc. (?)

    Okay, this explains it lol and this:
    In some recipes (like probably here), either is okay – just as long as you don’t mistake it for Irish Cream, hmm..? 😉

  8. Poppy says:

    With regard to saucepans. Having cooked my way through several nice looking sets, I finally settled for a fantastic set that I bought at a car boot sale for £1!! They are brilliant, never stain, never stick, always wash up spotless and have lids for all that are supposed to have lids. I fully expect them to be with me for life now.

    Best £1 I have ever spent!

  9. Mrs Green says:

    @Layla: I see Layla. In that case it was ‘sweet’. We get cream in all sorts of thickness’s – single (for pouring into coffee), double for spooning (can be whipped too) and extra thick. Actually, we have heaps of different textures over here.

    @Poppy: that is a great bargain Poppy! I bet you were very pleased 😀

  10. Kris says:

    I was never a cat in a previous life – can’t stand cream! 😉

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