This is a great one for older babies and toddlers. Some hidden vegetables and a thick cheesy sauce. Great for parents too because not only is it tasty, the ingredients are pretty cheap too. No need to splash out on the priciest prawns.
Prawn and Broccoli Pie - serves 2 adults and 1 toddler
300g New or salad potatoes
150g Prawns (small ones are fine)
150ml Milk, I used semi skimmed (2%)
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
100g Vintage / Extra strong (sharp) cheddar
Boil the potatoes in boiling water until almost fully cooked, I did them for 18 minutes.
In the meantime, heat the oven to 200oC / 400F. Cut the broccoli into florets and then cut the broccoli into very small florets (I quartered them). Boil for 3 minutes, drain and refresh under cold water.
Heat the milk in a microwave until boiling, for me that took around 90 seconds. Mix the cornflour (cornstarch) with cold water, just enough to make a paste and then mix that paste into the hot milk, whisking as you add. Heat in the microwave again for another 30 seconds or so until it's good and thick. Grate the cheddar and add about 80g of it to the sauce, mixing it in. Mix the sauce with the prawns and broccoli and pour into a baking dish. Don't worry if the sauce looks a bit too thick, it tastes good that way.
Drain the potatoes when the time has elapsed and slice approx 2.5mm, 1/10th inch thick. Layer them on top of the prawn mixture in the baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for approx 30 minutes or until hot throughout and browned on top.
I suggest taking a small portion out for your child to cool as it stays pretty hot in the dish for a while. Serve with vegetables and enjoy!
Yesterday I went back to Birmingham for the first time in years. I used to live there many moons ago and through one thing and another, I lost my joy for the place but yesterday in the sunshine, I found my love for the city again. So much has changed in Birmingham and in me but in so many ways nothing has changed at all.
It was a small glimmer of something lovely in a few months which have been very unlovely. Hopefully everything will be resolved soon. Food and cooking have always been my therapy though so thank you all for reading.