The Anonymous Widower

A One-Handed Fish Pie

When I Cooked my last Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie, I hadn’t had a stroke and had full use of both hands.  Now my left hand has a lack of feeling in the fingers and tends to drop things a bit.  But at least my right hand is almost unaffected.

Making the pie was surprisingly easy, using mainly my right hand :-

  1. Peeling the potatoes wasn’t too difficult, especially as I used a plastic chopping board to cut the potatoes into smaller chunks for boiling.
  2. Jamie said to use a big box grater in the middle of the baking dish and my left hand was strong enough to hold it completely steady, whilst I grated the carrot, celery and cheese.  It was very easy and it was almost if Jamie had people like me in mind. Good on you, Jamie, if you did!
  3. For chopping the chilli, I used one of Delia’s little choppers. 
  4. I did have a problem getting the skin off the salmon, but the simple solution to this, is to get the fishmpnger to do it as I  did with the haddock. Waitrose and good fishmongers  are happy to do this.
  5. Mashing the potatoes wasn’t too bad as I have a proper one-handed potato masher.

It’s amazing how much the good and sensible  tools helped.

July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Food | ,


  1. I am glad the pie was successful. I agree completely about having the right tools, various very easy things have made a huge difference to my independence. And I am 10 minute drive from a Lakeland store, so easy to get things like that.

    Comment by Liz P | July 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. You’re right about good tools, and as Liz says Lakeland is a good place to find sensible things.
    You’re doing all the right things – keep it up!

    Lesley x

    Comment by Lesley Maciver | July 6, 2010 | Reply

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