I never would have eaten this when I was growing up, as I hated fish. But when I started looking after my diet, I decided to give fish a go again and it didn’t disappoint. It’s now an integral part of my regime. Fish pie usually contains a lot of cream and as a result isn’t as healthy as you might think. I’ve tweaked it to add to the nutritional value and get rid of the badness while still keeping it tasty and hearty. I’ve adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver. His first book, The Naked Chef, really helped me learn how to cook.
– 400g sweet potato, unpeeled and cut into large chunks
– pinch of nutmeg
– 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
– 1 celery stick, grated
– ½ courgette, grated
– ½ fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
– 150g Cheddar cheese, grated
– 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
– good handful of spinach
– large bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
– juice of 1 lemon
– 250g fish mix, such as hake, ling, cod and salmon (a supermarket mix is fine)
– salt and pepper
– 40g feta cheese, crumbled
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
2. Boil the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan until tender and cooked through. Drain and put back in the saucepan. Add the butter and a pinch of nutmeg and mash until smooth. Set aside.
3. Place the carrot, celery, courgette, chilli and grated Cheddar in a circular casserole dish. Scatter over the chopped tomatoes, spinach, parsley and lemon juice. Add the fish and mix all the ingredients well. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Cover the fish with the mashed sweet potatoes and sprinkle with the crumbled feta cheese. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are lightly browned and the fish pie is warmed through.
What we eat affects the way we feel and how we perform in all areas of our lives. David Gillick knows this better than most. Early in his athletic career he recognised the link between sporting success and nutrition and eating the right food became a powerful factor in his success. He took his love of cooking to the next level when he became a winner in the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen. Here David shares the recipes that brought him success, on and off the track in David Gillick’ s Kitchen.
David Gillick is a retired Irish international track and field athlete. During his career he broke the magical 45 second barrier over 400 metres, was twice a European champion, became an Olympian, was consistently ranked in the worlds top 10 400m athletes and holds Irish records over the distance. David has always been passionate about healthy food and in 2013 David was the winner of ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ Ireland. He works as an active food writer and blogger on davidgillick.com. He lives in Ballinteer, Co. Dublin. To buy your copy visit www.mercierpress.ie.