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#1 Thu 28 Jun 07 5:31am

locandro

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Occupation mother at home
From hong kong
Member since Thu 28 Jun 07

Fish recipes for children

I have 3 teenagers who don't want to eat fish dishes.  One will eat calamari, one will taste some extremely small portions of fish, but I would like them to at least try fish before they dismiss it out of hand.  I tried Jamie's fish pie - even though my husband and I enjoyed it the children weren't sold on it.  Tonight we are trying sweet and sour (pork) fish, to see if they notice the substitute.
oops  crossed

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#2 Thu 28 Jun 07 7:15am

shammrok

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Occupation Growing things
From Up the garden path...Tasmania
Member since Thu 02 Sep 04

Re: Fish recipes for children

Alaska Patties     
Ingredients :

105    gm    Canned pink Alaska salmon
25    gm    Cream or curd cheese
2    x    Spring onions finely chopped
1/4    x    Red pepper, finely chopped
200    gm    Strong plain flour
2    x    Eggs, beaten
1    pch    Salt
2    tsp    Freshly chopped basil
435    gm    Canned tomato soup
50    gm    Cheddar cheese, grated

    Method :

     Pre-heat oven to 375 F, 190 C, Gas mark 5.
     Drain the can of salmon. Flake the fish. Mix with the cheese, onions and red pepper. Set aside. Put the flour into a bowl, add the eggs, salt and basil. Mix well to form a soft dough. Divide into egg size pieces. Knead until smooth.
    Roll the dough pieces on a lightly floured board to a maximum 2mm / 1/10 inch thick or roll each piece through a pasta maker reducing the setting to 5 or 6 over 3 or 4 rollings. Cut the pasta sheets into 3cm / 1 1/2 inch squares. Put salmon filling onto one corner of each square then fold in half diagonally to make a triangular "pattie". Dry on silicone paper for 1 hour before cooking, turning each pattie over after 30 minutes to dry undersides.
     Put the soup into a casserole dish and drop the salmon patties into it.
    Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the cheese. Continue cooking for a further 10 minutes. Serve with salad.


          Seafood Pizza
Ingredients :

1    pkt    pizza crust mix (or make your own)
3/4    cup    crab meat
3/4    cup    tiny shrimp
1/2    cup    crushed pineapple
5    x    sliced mushrooms
1    can    sliced black olives - (4 1/4 oz)
1/4    cup    diced green pepper
1    cup    grated mozzarella cheese
1    cup    grated white Cheddar Cheese

    Method :

     Spread pizza dough on to a pizza pan. Top with crab, shrimp, pineapple, mushrooms, olives, green pepper, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
   
          Cheese Nut Halibut
Ingredients :

1/2    cup    butter or margarine
4    lb    halibut
1 1/2    tsp    garlic powder
1/2    tsp    dill
1 1/2    cup    shredded Cheddar cheese
         Chopped or slivered almonds for garnish

    Method :

    *Take a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the dish. Put the halibut on top of the melted butter, sprinkle with garlic powder and dill. Spread 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese on top of the halibut. Garnish with nuts, chopped or silvered.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until fish can be separated easily with a fork.
     This recipe yields 6 servings.


 
          Curried Tuna Sandwich     

Ingredients :

7    oz    Water packed tuna,
1/2    cup    Mayonnaise, (low-cal 4 me)
1    tsp    Lemon juice,
1/4    tsp    Curry powder
1/4    tsp    Prepared horseradish,
12    slc    White/brown bread
         Softened Butter margarine

    Method :

     Drain and flake tuna. Combine all ingredients, except bread and butter. Spread each bread around with butter and tuna mixture. Tops may be decorated with spring of parsley, bit of pimineto or olive slice.
     Makes 12 opened faced sandwiches.

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#3 Thu 28 Jun 07 7:55am

GeoffP

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Occupation Retired Clergy & Computer Consultant
From Bradford, West Yorks
Member since Mon 03 Jul 06

Re: Fish recipes for children

When did the kids stop eating fish? - and have you any idea why they stopped. This may give you a clue how to get them started again.

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#4 Thu 28 Jun 07 9:26am

VENUS

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Fish recipes for children

Mini Cheesy Fish Pie

Ingredients:

8 oz. (225g ) smoked haddock, skinned
1 oz. ( 25g ) flour
1 oz. ( 25g ) margarine
2 oz. ( 50g ) sweetcorn
12 oz. ( 350g ) cooked mashed potato
half a pint ( 285 ml. ) milk
2 oz. ( 50g ) grated cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Simmer the fish in milk for 15 minutes

Drain, reserve the milk, and flake the fish

Make the milk up to half a pint (285 ml. ) with water then add the margarine and flour

Bring to the boil, whisking continuously till it thickens

Add the flaked fish and peas

Divide between 6 small dishes and cover with mashed potatoes

Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top

Place under a hot grill for about 5 minutes or until the top is browned

Sardine Fish Cakes

Ingredients:

1 lb. ( 450g ) potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 oz. ( 25g ) margarine
2 tablespoons of milk
8 oz. (225g ) can sardines in tomato sauce
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 medium eggs, beaten
4 oz. ( 100g ) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
polyunsaturated oil and butter for frying

Cooking Instructions:

Bring the potatoes to the boil in cold water in a large saucepan

Continue boiling for 20 minutes, until soft

Drain and place potatoes in a large mixing bowl

Using a fork or potato masher, mash the potatoes with milk and margarine

Add the sardines, parsley and one egg then mix well

Cover and chill for 30 minutes

Divide the mixture into 10 small balls and pinch and flatten to make fish shapes

Dip each fish in the remaining beaten egg and cover in plenty of breadcrumbs

Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan and fry the fish cakes, 2 at a time, for about 3 minutes on each side until crisp and golden

Lift out with a fish slice and drain on kitchen paper

Sardine Whirls

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons of cucumber relish
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 beaten eggs, to glaze
2 x four and a half ounce (120g) sardines in tomato sauce, drained
2 x seven and a half ounce (212g) pkts frozen puff pastry, thawed

Cooking Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 425F, Gas Mark 7, 220C

Roll out each piece of pastry to 10 X 6 inches (25 X 15 cm )

Mix all the rest of the ingredients, apart from egg, together and spread over the pastry to within half an inch ( 1 cm ) of edges

Brush them with a little beaten egg, then roll up from long edge

Place, sealed side down, on greased baking sheets and chill for 30 minutes

Cut each roll into 6, separate pieces and brush with beaten egg

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes

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#5 Thu 28 Jun 07 9:46am

SusanneH

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From Germany
Member since Mon 13 Mar 06

Re: Fish recipes for children

Even if there are only 1 or 2 fish dishes they like, try to make those more often.
Geoff's idea sounds good: Some of my friends have problems with fish. Most don't like a strong fish flavor, so will eat only an occasional white fish (fish fingers mostly hmm ).
Some think that fish fingers are bland and boring and started to like fish not until they go to eat "real" fish.
Some like the taste of fish but freak out over the slightest fish bone on their plate or they can't stand to look at the fish's head...

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#6 Thu 28 Jun 07 3:53pm

purple-jet-blue

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Occupation stay at home mum
From swindon
Member since Mon 05 Mar 07

Re: Fish recipes for children

Try going to the extream like crab (fresh) and tigger prawns, my son loves peeling them, freah fish cakes are good, and cloey, is nice, although it can be quite strong in taste.  big_smile

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#7 Thu 28 Jun 07 4:37pm

oliviascotland

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From Scotland
Member since Wed 06 Apr 05

Re: Fish recipes for children

All 3 of my children have been reluctant to eat fish in the past, and will now only eat it if the fish is a fillet and they can see there are no sauces to disguise it.  Their favourites are salmon, trout, smoked and fresh mackerel and haddock - although they have been known to eat more exotic varieties without knowing  wink   They will eat fish pie, but much prefer to "see" what is on their plate.  Don't know if that approach might work?

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#8 Sat 30 Jun 07 1:33pm

Gemma72

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Occupation Student-worker
From Madrid-Spain
Member since Thu 10 May 07

Re: Fish recipes for children

Hello Locandro smile

May I give you my opinion? of course is a good idea preparing attractive dishes "hidding" the fish inside, so that children don´t reject it a priori... But that way they will never get used to they have to eat just about everything exclaim I mean... In my opinion, children ought to understand that fish, vegetables, fruit, etc is not bad-tasting, and therefore shouldn´t be necessary to mask them. Do you pick the idea up?  thumbsup When I was very little girl mom got me used to eat all kind of meal naturally, and soon I did like everything.

I really think is a mistake to surrender children obstinacy  wink

Good look and be patient mrgreen

Greetings from Spain!
Gemma

locandro wrote:

I have 3 teenagers who don't want to eat fish dishes.  One will eat calamari, one will taste some extremely small portions of fish, but I would like them to at least try fish before they dismiss it out of hand.  I tried Jamie's fish pie - even though my husband and I enjoyed it the children weren't sold on it.  Tonight we are trying sweet and sour (pork) fish, to see if they notice the substitute.
oops  crossed

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#9 Mon 02 Jul 07 1:27pm

SusanneH

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From Germany
Member since Mon 13 Mar 06

Re: Fish recipes for children

When I was growing up I had to try everything and retry every time. I did not have to eat lots of a thing I did not like much, but at least a little. And was offered everything even as a very young child (most kids' menus in restaurants back then  allowed a choice of hot dog, schnitzel or french fries but my parents always ordered a smaller portion of "real" food for me). That way I got used to everything and learned to keep an open mind on food.

Yet since this kids are teenagers already it may be rather difficult to make them like fish now. Tricks might be needed. If hiding it works - go ahead....

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#10 Tue 03 Jul 07 3:54am

Thrifty

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From UK
Member since Wed 27 Jun 07

Re: Fish recipes for children

tell them fish and sea food increases hormone activity and is a natural aphrodisiac? you didn't say how old they were great for 17 year olds but younger mmm not smile

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