I have a confession to make. I don’t like onions. In fact, I hated onions as a kid. This hatred towards onions is worse than my hatred towards the white and black fungus.
With the fungus, I don’t like them but I can tolerate them. If you serve me something with fungus, I would “tsk” in my mind but still eat it. With onions though, I actively try to avoid them. If you serve me something with onions, I would ignore the onions, I would pick them away and set them aside. Unless if it seems rude to do so, then I would eat the onions with tears in my mind.
It’s the taste. That onion taste, to me, is the worst taste that I have ever tasted in my life. Of course, it is not like I have tasted very many things in the world, yet. I don’t know what word to use to describe that taste. That onion taste, you know? Every time I eat onions, it triggers a sensation to my brain that makes me extremely uncomfortable. I think it is the same substance that make you cry when you chop onions.
My mom is very unhappy that I disliked onions because she thinks onions is one of the top 5 healthy food item in the world. She thought I merely disliked onions, she didn’t know I actually hated them. Every time I go home, she would force onions upon me. In her fruit and vegetables juice blend, and in all the dishes that she cooks. And she wouldn’t let me ignore the onions, she would scoop spoonful of onions onto my plate every single time. You can imagine how sad I was whenever that happens.
Oh gosh.. why am I telling you all these? Anyway, what I wanted to say is that, I hated onions until some time last year when I discovered that there is one way that I can tolerate onions. It was when I decided to make a fish pie after watching Jamie Oliver do it.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR1zxUTgtPU]
I don’t remember why I decided to use onions when I tried that dish for the first time. If you watched the video, Jamie didn’t use onions in the video. But he did say you can use whatever ingredients you want, mix and match. I think that day I just came back from KL and my mom had just secretly hidden a bag of onions and garlic into the bag of other stuff I was bringing back.
Anyway, so I made my fish pie with onions in it and discovered that the hated onions smell was not there when I tasted the dish. I had no problems finishing that dish at all! Onions taste less horrible when baked in the oven together with other ingredients! Since then, whenever I felt like making a fish pie, I would chunk an onion into the mix just so that whenever mom called and asked if I ate any onions, I can say “Yeah, I did!”
Okay, enough with grandmother stories. Yesterday, I decided that it’s time to make another fish pie for myself. I used the oven in the morning, lets use it for a second time in the same day because, why not?
This is not me trying something new. I think I have made more than 10 fish pies, so I don’t expect to screw up at all. Well my fish pie isn’t exactly an authentic British version. Like Jamie, my fish pie is twisted to suit my palate.
This makes 3 portions for me..
- 2 fish fillet
- 200g prawns
- 2 carrots
- 2 tomatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- some vegetables
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 lemon
I don’t like salmon, so I use frozen sutchi/dory fish fillets. Sweet potatoes is something I started using as replacement for potatoes for the mash. I still insist that sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative compared to potatoes.
- Grate carrots and put into baking pan.
- Cut up onion, garlic and tomatoes, and put into baking pan.
- Cut fish into pieces. Marinate fish and prawn with salt and pepper. I think I got a bad packet this time, the fish were yellowish instead of white in color. And the fishy smell is stronger than usual.
- Add fish and prawns into the baking pan. (Optional) Add some cheese in as well.
- Add vegetables into the pan. Squeeze lemon juice into the mix and drizzle olive oil over it. Mix everything up. I used spinach this time, but usually I would use either broccoli or frozen peas.
- Set the pan aside, let the ingredients marinate for a bit. In the mean time, boil sweet potatoes until soft.
- Cut the cooked sweet potatoes to pieces. Add a dash of milk and a dollop of butter and make sweet potato mash.
- Cover the mashed sweet potatoes over the ingredients in the pan.
- Into the oven the pan goes. 180°C for 30 minutes.
- It’s ready.
Like I said earlier, this tray is 3 portions for me. Serve 1 portion, freeze 2 portions for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
Looks fantastic, isn’t it?
It was supposed to taste great too, except that I think I was right about the fish being bad. I used those frozen sutchi/dory fillets that you can find in supermarkets. Usually they are of acceptable freshness to me. They are supposed to have been processed and frozen on the same day that they were caught. Maybe I got a bad batch. The fish was not fresh at all, and it showed in the dish. It was a good move to let the fish and ingredients sit for a bit to marinate, the other flavors helped cover the fishy taste.