Recipe – Fishermen’s Pie 🐟 

Just sharing a recipe for my take on Fishermen’s Pie. It’s an easy one pot method and it went down a storm with my Bubsy. He gobbled it all up. I used cod but I suppose you could use any bit of fish. 

I also had half a pouch of Ella’s Kitchen Big Smiles Cheesy Pie left over as my teething baby refused to eat it (hot or cold!). So I had a spot of inspiration and decided to use it instead of chucking it away. This can easily be omitted, though.  

I spooned out 6 toddler portions and stuck them in the freezer. I then had plenty left over and am planning on using that make a mummy and daddy version tomorrow. 

Ingredients

  •  250g of skinless and boneless cod (roughly dived into cubes)
  • 10 baby potatoes (shredded) 
  • 1 small tin of baby carrots (finally sliced)
  • 1/2 a pouch of Ella’s Kitchen Big Smiles Cheesy Pie
  • Knob of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs
  • Freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • Milk (enough to submerge all the other ingredients)
  • Grated cheddar cheese (a couple of handfuls)

Method

  • Boil the shredded potatoes in water for a few minutes to remove the starch.
  • Drain the water out and rinse the potatoes 
  • Put the potatoes back in the pan along with everything else (bar Ella’s Kitchen pouch and the cheddar cheese)
  • Cook on a medium/low heat until the potatoes are mush (basically you won’t be able to see the shredded strands anymore)
  • Then add in Ella’s Kitchen pouch (this step can be omitted as the cheese will do the same job)
  • Add in the cheddar cheese
  • Once the cheese has melted, that’s it, you’re done. 

Simple. Hope your baby enjoys it as much as mine did. 

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Dubai

Aah, Dubai. Such a perfect place for a first holiday with your baby. We went when bubsy was just 4.5months old and I was still breastfeeding him. Perfect combination in my experience. Here’s my lowdown: 

When to go

Dubai can get really hot during the summer months so I personally would avoid it then. Most baby sunscreens I came across are suitable from 6 months plus. The advice for younger babies is to keep them out of the sun. Not helpful when you’re planning a trip to a sunny clime like Dubai! 

To be honest, you could easily go to Dubai and not venture outside as there’s a lot to do indoors (where they have air conditioning)! I wanted my baby to experience the sand and beach so we went early in March. The maximum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius, perfect for going to the beach late afternoon. The sea was really chilly so I wasn’t happy with my baby going into the water completely. Instead we had fun splashing our feet 

  

Where to stay

We debated long and hard about whether to stay near Jumeriah Beach Walk/Marina or by a mall.  The Marina and Jumeriah Beach Walk are the hip and happening part of Dubai. Staying close to a mall would mean that if Bubsy is having an off day, we could chill there. 

In the end the mall won and I’m really glad it did! We stayed in the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel. We didn’t bother getting breakfast with our room as we knew we’d never be up in time. There is a Carrefour in the Mall of The Emirates so we just got croissants, fruit, milk, etc from there and kept it in our room. The hotel provides refrigerators which have the usual drinks that you can pay for. It’s not an electronic fridge that charges you the moment something is removed so you can move things about and store your own stuff. 

The best aspect of this hotel is that it’s linked to Mall of the Emirates, which is in turn linked to a metro station. That meant we could get to several major tourist spots without relying on taxis. I was really keen to avoid using taxis, there’s no requirement by law to use a child seat and some drivers are so erratic! You could always take your own car seat but I found that not all taxis had functioning seat belts in the rear.

  

What to do?

We were spoilt for choice. Here’s what we got up to:

  • Day 1 – Roamed around Mall of the Emirates, walked along the Creek and meandered through the old souks. We ended the day at Deidra City Centre Mall for dinner and to make use of the baby change facilities.
  • Day 2 – Spent the day at Dubai Mall. We watched the fountains dance and made our way through the acquarium. 
  • Day 3 – Lunched at The Meat Co. within Madinat Jumeriah and then headed to the Global Village. After sunset we strolled through Jumeriah Beach Walk and took in the night life. 
  • Day 4 – Beach day. We went to Jumeriah Beach (right next to Jumeriah Hotel). There’s a paid beach too but we went to the free one. It was perfectly clean and pleasant. We took a wind breaker and set up camp inside of that. Perfect for my little Bubsy. 
  • Day 5 – Headed back to The Walk at Jumeriah Beach Resudence to soak up the afternoon atmosphere. Had gelato and strolled through the sand. They’ve provided a play area for older kids (well, at least those that can walk). We then headed back to our hotel for a late afternoon dip in their roof top pool.  Finally finished the day with a scrumptious meal at the Cheesecake Factory. Yummmmm. 

How long for

We spent 6 days there and I wish we stayed longer. We just didn’t take into account how much slower everything is with a baby. There was a lot more we wanted to do but just didn’t have the time. In particular, I really wanted some kind of massage/spa day but we just simply ran out of time.  I think I need to plan another trip there but perhaps when my Bubsy is a bit older and can have his own seat! I don’t fancy a 7 hour flight with a 2 year old on my lap! 😅

Budget Airlines

I used to love budget airlines. My Hubsy and I have travelled many places using the likes of Ryanair, Bmibaby, easyJety, etc. We never used to check anything in and made the most of that 10kg free cabin allowance. 

Recently we went to Alicante via Monarch and all I can say is urgh! Don’t think I’ll be doing budget flying anytime soon. 

Don’t get me wrong, there were some excellent parts to flying cheap. The tickets were fantastically low priced. I even paid an extra £50 to get one piece of 20kg luggage checked in. And because Monarch know how much stuff goes with a mini person, they threw in an extra 10kg for free (thank you Monarch). They even let us take our pushchair all the way to the aircraft and then have that checked in (again free). We also got priority boarding as we had an infant, which was fantastic as we didn’t even have to pay for that!  Go here for Monarch’s policy for baby luggage and go here for tips on flying with a baby published on Monarch’s blog

So you might ask why I’m moaning? Well the seats in most budget airlines are so cramped and Monarch wasn’t an exception. I think I’d forgotten how cramped they can be otherwise I would have paid to get extra leg room.  It wasn’t fair on my 16 month old to keep him so cramped for almost 3 hours. 

Our journey to Alicante was peaceful as my Bubsy fell asleep. However, it was on the way back that he just couldn’t settle – probably because the flight didn’t work with his nap time. We’d downloaded so many videos on to our iPads/iPhones but no amount of Dave & Ava or Igglepiggle would settle my little tyrant. 

On top of that, the lady in the front seat was extra sensitive and told my husband to mind the baby 😦 every time we’d put anything away in the seat pocket, she’d think it was my baby kicking the seat. It’s a good thing she didn’t complain to me otherwise I would have had words! I think that experience has really put my off flying budget for the time being. 

On a positive note, the holiday itself was fab! 👍🏻