28 September 2011


As regular visitors to this blog will realise, in the culinary sphere, I am Yorkshire's answer to Jamie Oliver . For your delectation, I wish to share a recipe I have recently devised for a delicious fish mornay. If you try it, you will not be disappointed my friends.

  1. Bag of frozen cod or frozen haddock pieces from Lidl or Aldi.
  2. Jug of milk
  3. Large handful of plain flour.
  4. Big knob of butter
  5. Some butter wrapper paper.
  6. Salt and pepper.
  7. Half a lemon.
  8. Some small broccoli florets.
  9. Couple of leaves plucked from a bay tree at midnight by a weeping orphan.
  10. Large handful of grated cheese - preferably strong cheese - if you have some blue cheese in the fridge grate some of that in with your strong Cheddar.
  11. Bread crumbs grated from any loaf you have handy.
  12. Silver foil.
  • Drag large, shallow, ceramic, oven-proof casserole dish from back of kitchen cupboard and brush out the dust and dead spiders.
  • Grease it with the butter paper.
  • Arrange frozen fish in the dish and season with the salt and pepper.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the fish.
  • Cook broccoli for a few minutes in your microwave and then arrange neatly around the pieces of fish.
  • Make the cheese sauce. Melt butter in pan. Chuck in the flour and stir continuously till bubbling. Pour in the milk and continue to stir till you see the sauce thickening. Then chuck in most of your cheese and stir till integrated.
  • When happy with your sauce pour it all over the fish and small broccoli florets.
  • Greedily spoon up remaining sauce from your pan and eat when nobody else is looking.
  • Sprinkle your breadcrumbs and remaining grated cheese over the saucy surface.
  • Seal the shallow dish with foil and ram the thing in the top of your hot oven to cook for twenty five minutes.
  • Remove the foil and give the surface chance to crisp up for ten minutes.
Get it out of the oven and spoon on to plates with mashed or jacket potato and maybe peas or green beans. Make sure you get more than anybody else. Then gobble it down and sigh, "Mmmm... Who needs Jamie Oliver when you've got Yorkshire Pudding!"


  1. Damn! We're right out of weeping orphans. I shall order some online from Harrods.

  2. Sales of Le Creuset casserole dishes will now soar, each one carrying the label, 'As used by celebrity chef Yorkshire Pudding'.

  3. Just another of your talents YP.I'm suitably impressed ... and a bit hungry now too even though we've just finished cleaning up after a very nice BBQ dinner.

  4. When are you coming over to cook it for Keith? I'll even pay your train fare. :)

  5. SHEETING POIROTS There are many weeping orphans in the streets of Manchester - if you only learn to look.
    ELIZABETH I hope so as I have lots of shares in Le Creuset.
    HELSIE Why isn't Tony cleaning up?
    JENNY Have more confidence in your kitchen expertise and just go for it babe!

  6. Yah, this is the way I cook, complete with dust and dead spiders! I appreciate how the temperature of the oven is up to us. I suppose that for 25 minutes, I should bake the fish mornay at 375 F/190 C. How close am I to being correct, YP?

  7. SAINT FARIDA Yes - HOT! With the aluminium foil over it at first everything will be fine. I hate all these temperatures you get in recipes. In my view there should be just four oven settings - HOT, MEDIUM, LOW and finally - OFF!

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  10. MMMmmm Sounds wonderful.


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