“ Brand: Annabel Karmal / Type: Fish „
My 2 year old sister likes a bit of fish but only if she knows it's not fish! lol Last night for her tea my mum did her an Annabel Karmel Salmon And Cod Fish Pie that she'd had for a product trial off one of her survey sites. When she had the Annabel Karmel Beef Cottage Pie she loved it and she deffo likes the Youngs Ocean Pie so I was a bit surprised when she turned her nose up at it after she'd only had about 3 mouth fulls.
I decided to try a bit for myself because I like fish pie and thought I could munch it off but it was waaaaaaaaaaaay too bland..... worse than I was expecting because I knew it would taste different from adult fish pie because of there not being the added salt but even forgetting about that this is just not a very nice meal.
It's small pieces of salmon and cod in a white sauce, the sauce tastes a bit cheesy but I've chucked the pack now so I can't check the ingredients. The fish is nice but it was cut too small and is in such tiny bits that they're not much more than flakes, I know it's got to be little because of little kids eating it but the fish in this pie is so small that you don't hardly KNOW you've got a piece of fish in your mouth unless you're concentrating big time! lol
The main thing on this pie is potato and it's quite nice but not as good as on the Beef Cottage Pie, I think that is probably because of how bland the sauce and fish is and the potato doesn't get a chance to come out.
I deffo DON'T recommend this Salmon And Cod Fish Pie, my sister LOVES Ocean Pie and there's not that much fish in them either so it's not the lack of fish that put her off. I think it's because of it being more of a potato pie..... and even THAT would be a good thing because sometimes potato pie is just called for but like I said the potato hasn't got all that much flavour itself so it's all just a bit of a waste of time.
Not recommended..... where's the fish???
I have been a big fan of Annabel karmel since my little girl was first weaning. I have bought a couple of her bestselling recipe books, which were fantastic, and I think I followed her suggested meal planners religiously with my daughter from her being 6 months to 2 years. Each recipe was well designed, easy to follow and always tasted good.
I have always preferred to cook my own food from scratch, but being a busy working mum I sometimes need a back-up which can be cooked quickly and easily.
I spotted the Annabel Karmel 'Eat Fussy' range of childrens ready meals in my local supermarket so thought this would be a good choice to keep in the fridge for emergencies. The range is described as a 'great alternative to your own homemade meals especially if you are a busy parent'.
The Salmon and Cod fish pie is labelled as 'Perfect pieces of salmon and cod in a white sauce, topped with fresh mashed potato'.
The ingredients are listed as: Fresh Mashed Potatoes (50%), White Sauce (30%), Pieces of Salmon (8%), Pieces of Cod (8%), Fresh English Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Mashed Potatoes contain: Fresh Potatoes, Fresh Whole Milk, Fresh Butter, White Sauce contains: Fresh Whole Milk, Water, Chopped Fresh Onions, Fresh English Cheddar Cheese, Fish Stock (Fish, Potato, Salt, Lemon Juice, Onion Powder, Sunflower Oil), Corn Starch, Ground White Pepper, Ground Nutmeg, Fresh English Cheddar Cheese conrtains: added Ingredient Potato Starch.
I had made a fish pie recipe from the 'Complete meal planner book' a number of times which contained similar ingredients, and this has proven to be a big hit with my little girl. The price was £2.29 for 220g, which I thought was quite expensive for a childs ready meal, but as my daughter really enjoyed the fish pie we had made at home, and the pack convinced us we were buying 'no artificial colours, flavours or additives, just the best ingredients' I decieded it was worth the money.
The pie can be cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes or in the oven for 20 minutes (they suggest for best results cook in the oven).
After cooking in the oven, the mashed potato on the top of the pie looked golden brown (just as it looks on the label) and smelled really tasty. After dishing it out onto a plate it became apparrent that their was not much fish to the fish pie, the potato topping was the main constituent. I suppose reading the list of ingredients before purchasing would have made this clear.
The salmon and cod had broken down into a pink mush which just seemed to be absorbed by the potatoes, not really the perfect peices of salmon and cod I was expecting. The colour of the complete meal is now a sort of yellow and pink (peach) gloop which looks really bland on the plate, good job I added my own broccolli to bulk it out.
To me, there was no comparison between a real fish pie cooked from scratch and this poor substitute. It looked like baby puree, even though it is labelled from 12 months onwards, and tasted quite salty (after checking the label it says there is 0.9g of salt per meal, and the reccomendation for children 1-3 years is 2g per day, so this is quite high).
However, when i served this up for tea - my daughter did enjoy it and polished off the lot!!!! so what do I know!! (I did ask her opinion, to which she replied 'yummy').
In summary I think this product is overpriced for the amount of food you actually recieve, so you would need to add something extra to make it into more of a meal and it may put off children who are older than my 2 year old, who are more accustomed to food with a bit more texture.
The packet says that 'this fish pie helps provide one of the two portions of oily fish the government recommends you should eat each week.' and 'Salmon contains beneficial omega 3 fatty acids'. It was easy to cook, saved time and effort (plus washing up). But I think in the future I will stick to making Annabels tried and tested recipes myself, then I know my little girl will still be getting the health benefits of fish, but with more flavour without the salt.