Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday Menu ideas 2

No photo this time, I'm afraid, but a blissfully simple, very tasty meat-free meal that's scalable from a singleton portion to an extended family. I'm not even going to give weights and measures - just use common sense and make enough to satisfy however many you need to feed... This is also a great fall back as it's a store-cupboard recipe - you can keep everything (except the potatoes) on hand for when you need them. It comes from an American friend of mine: I think that Americans are really good at simple, tasty recipes of this kind. I used to be somewhat snooty about this sort of meal - made from tins from the larder; now I'm grateful for the time saved on days when I'd rather be doing something fun with my children than spending hours in the kitchen. I usually make this with milk or cream, but to get the full benefit of the American store-cupboard cooking it's best made with cream of mushroom soup.

Easy Tuna-fish pie

tinned tuna (drained)
sweetcorn (tinned or frozen; drained if tinned)
potatoes (mashed - with milk, butter, salt and pepper -- or however you like them).
cream of mushroom soup (tin)  - OR milk or cream
optional - grated cheese

Mix tuna, sweetcorn and soup (or milk/cream) in the bottom of a baking dish.
Top with mashed potato.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top, if you like that sort of thing.
Bake at a sensible temperature (say Gas mk 4 / 180C / 350F) for 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy with steamed green beans on the side, or a salad.


  1. Oooooh, that one sounds so simple even I can try it... though I would have to buy my potatoes ready-mashed...

  2. I think M&S do ready-mashed spuds, and I imagine that they'd be pretty good.

  3. This may be more suitable for your American readers [I don't know what are the easily-available ingredients in your neck of the woods] but our go-to Friday quickie is cubed queso fresco, a jar of salsa, and a can or two of almost any bean--all mixed and microwaved, then served ever rice. My family adores it. Great blog!

  4. @guinimom - Thanks for posting - that sounds delicious: anything tex-mex goes down a treat in our house. What is "queso fresco" though? We don't have it here but I'm wondering if I could find an approximation...