Hive Mind Trio of Fish Pie

A fish pie that combines three fish to create a tasty dish, much like the hive mind of the three Stepford Cuckoos.

Servings

4

Ready In:

1 hour 15 minutes

Good For:

Dinner

Inspiration from

Stepford Cuckoos

The Stepford Cuckoos are mutants with psychically based powers similar to their biological mother, Emma Frost. The girls have demonstrated the following powers:

  • Telepathic Hive Mind: The Stepford Cuckoos have a linked hive mind, which allows them to share thoughts and maintain a continuous telepathic connection. The link is strongest when the girls are in close physical proximity. Their collective mind also allows for increased telepathic strength and shared intellect. The girls’ powers are greater the sum of its parts. A stronger personality can take lead of the hive mind, but the girls still maintain their independence.
  • Flawless Organic Diamond Form: Like their biological mother, the Cuckoos have the ability to transform themselves into a flexible, translucent, organic diamond-like substance while retaining mobility. In this form, their skin is as hard as real diamond. In this state, food and water are not needed for a undetermined amount of time. Their diamond form does not require a conscious hold and thus will remain until it is voluntarily triggered back. Unlike Emma Frost, their diamond forms are completely flawless. Nothing can enter or escape from their core. However, maintaining this form for extended period of time reduces their emotional capabilities.

The Cuckoos are capable leaders, and are proficient in the use of Cerebra.

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Ingredients

800g Mashed Potato
50g Butter
50g Plain Flour
2 Bay Leaves
250ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
250ml Fish Stock
50g Cheddar Cheese
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp English Mustard
1 tbsp Parsley (chopped)
150g White Fish (chopped)
150g Smoked Haddock (chopped)
150g Salmon (chopped)
200g Baby Spinach

The personalities of the girls are often quite similar in terms of speaking and action. Though the girls do have their occasional arguments from time to time, they all more or less act the same and do things together. On the flip side each Cuckoo has demonstrated a different interest and/or personality trait when they are not all together.

I decided to use this as inspiration for Fish Pie. Fish Pie uses three different types of fish as a base under a cover of mash potato and white sauce. Whilst the fish are all slightly different, they remain under the same family like the Stepford Cuckoos.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Cook the mash potato and set aside. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Add the bay, then bit by bit, add the stock and the milk, stirring after every addition until you have a smooth, silky sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until thickened.

Step 2

Stir in the mustard, grate in half the cheese, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Pick, finely chop and stir in the parsley (if using), then keep stirring until the cheese is melted. Season with a little black pepper, then remove from the heat.

Step 3

Spread the fish evenly over the base of a 25cm x 30cm baking dish. Wilt and add the spinach. Remove the bay leaves, then pour over the white sauce and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the mashed potato over the pie and scuff up the surface with a fork.

Step 4

Grate the remaining cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through, the sauce is bubbling up at the sides and the top is golden.

Hive Mind Trio of Fish Pie

A fish pie that combines three fish to create a tasty dish, much like the hive mind of the three Stepford Cuckoos.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Marvel, Stepford Cuckoos
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Ovenproof Dish
  • Saucepan
  • Grater

Ingredients

  • 800 g Mashed Potato
  • 50 g Butter
  • 50 g Plain Flour
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 250 ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 250 ml Fish Stock
  • 50 g Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp English Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 150 g White Fish chopped
  • 150 g Smoked Haddock chopped
  • 150 g Salmon chopped
  • 200 g Baby Spinach

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas Cook the mash potato and set aside. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Add the bay, then bit by bit, add the stock and the milk, stirring after every addition until you have a smooth, silky sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Stir in the mustard, grate in half the cheese, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Pick, finely chop and stir in the parsley (if using), then keep stirring until the cheese is melted. Season with a little black pepper, then remove from the heat.
  • Spread the fish evenly over the base of a 25cm x 30cm baking dish. Wilt and add the spinach. Remove the bay leaves, then pour over the white sauce and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the mashed potato over the pie and scuff up the surface with a fork.
  • Grate the remaining cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through, the sauce is bubbling up at the sides and the top is golden.

Sources and Inspiration:

Character InformationRecipe Inspiration

 

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