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December 2012: Paté Chinois

I was quite looking forward to doing this dish, because i decided to do a Fisherman's Pie (or something similar with fish). My dear fiancé bought some silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and I fished out some long forgotten frutti di mare from the freezer. I did not follow any recipe, I just did what I thought was right.


First, I cooked some unpeeled potatoes.


I heated up some milk with butter, salt and pepper.


I peeled the cooked potatoes and ran them through a potato ricer.


I mixed the potatoes with some of the hot milk. I did not use all of the milk - just enough to have the right consistency.


Next, I chopped half of an onion, two carrots and peeled a clove of garlic.


I sautéed the onion, garlic and carrots in a pan. When they were soft, I added some frozen peas.


I let the vegetables sautée until they were starting to turn brown. I also added some salt and pepper to them. Then I transferred the vegetables into a buttered baking dish.


In the same pan, I sautéed the fish cut into pieces (I tried to remove as many bones as possible) and thawed frutti di mare.


When the fish were starting to turn brown, I poured the leftover milk with butter over them, let it cook a bit more and then layered it on the vegetables in the baking dish.


Next came the mashed potatoes. I sprinkled them with some chilli powder.


I baked the pie in a hot oven for about 30 minutes.


There might have been too much potatoes...


...but the fish/vegetable layer was surprisingly tasty! I think it was because I sautéed everything until it was starting to turn brown.

Yum! Now I am thinking about spicing up the potato layer... some cheese perhaps?