Often over the Christmas holiday period old friends suddenly arrive back in Yorkshire from far off lands, visiting parents and doing the rounds of old friends. Not that I was ever a girl guide, but I love the thought of ‘being prepared’, and as long as I have time to defrost this next dish, my philosophy of having Christmas recipes to freeze ahead helps me to be able to feed my old friends whenever they drop in.
This recipe for Smoked Haddock, Prawn and Fennel Individual Fish Pies (what a long title!) is perfect for such a time. Not just for Christmas, but for any time. I always think that because of the time is takes to chop and mix and stir for some recipes, it makes sense to make a few at a time and freeze them. Fish Pies seem to come to no harm in the freezer, as long as well-wrapped, and this one, with its added flavour of fennel and capers, is a very tasty addition to holiday meals. I know many people have fish on Christmas Eve, and so this recipe would be perfect.