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Fish Pie Recipe – Good for Baby, Good for Kids and Great for Parents!

Fish Pie blog is constantly on the lookout for tips and suggestions for parents. We really love this recipe from Annable Karmel and decided to share it with you. (See link below for further great recipes).

The old saying that ‘Fish is Good for the Brain’ is absolutely true. Oil rich fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are especially good brain boosters. This is down to their high levels of omega-3 essential fats which are vital for brain function and can also help the performance of dyslexic and hyperactive children.

Ideally you should try to include two portions of oily fish a week in your child’s diet. Easier said than done you might think, as fish is a notoriously difficult food to get children to eat; they feel squeamish about any fish that doesn’t come battered or covered in breadcrumbs. So I have come up with a really tasty mini fish pie. It’s good to make these in ramekins so your child has an individual portion that looks attractive. Alternatively you can make a big portion in a casserole dish and feed the whole family. It is ideal for freezing.

Prep 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Serves 4-6
Suitable for freezing


Potato topping

800g potatoes

30g butter

7 tbsp milk

4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

1 egg, lightly beaten

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



For the sauce45g butter

1 large shallot, diced

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

45g flour

450ml fish stock

6 tbsp double cream

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh dill or chives, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season

Salmon & Cod Filling250g salmon, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks

250g cod, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks

150g small cooked prawns

70g frozen peas






  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6.
  2. Boil the potatoes in salted water.
  3. Drain and mash with the butter, milk and Parmesan and season to taste.
  4. To make the sauce, melt the butter and sauté the shallot for 5–6 minutes until soft.
  5. Add the white wine vinegar and boil for 2–3 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Stir in the flour to make a roux.
  7. Gradually, stir in the fish stock and then cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
  8. Bring to the boil then cook stirring until thickened.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream and the chopped dill or chives. Season well as the fish is unseasoned.
  10. Divide all the fish and peas among four or six mini ramekins (depending on the size) and pour over the sauce.
  11. Brush the potato topping with a little beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes.
  12. Freeze, assembled but uncooked.

Salvatore “Toto” Schillaci, Where is he now?

With only hours left until the much anticipated kick off of World Cup 2014, Coolbaby blog remembers a special time for Irish Sports Fans. 

He broke Irish hearts during World Cup 1990, 24 years on, where is Salvatore “Toto” Schillaci?

Salvatore Schillaci was born in Palermo, Sicily on December 1, 1964 to a very poor family, and began his playing career at local amateur side Amat Palermo. Soon, however, he was signed as an 18-year-old by fourth-tier side Messina, and the club rose up to Serie B. Toto’s 23 goals in that division in 1988-89 caught the eye of Juventus manager and Italy legend Dino Zoff.

With the World Cup due to be hosted in Italy at the end of the season, Toto hit form at the perfect time – his 15 goals helped Juve to a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup double. Italy boss Azeglio Vicini called him up, and he made his international debut on March 1 in a friendly against Switzerland. Despite competition from star strikers including Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini, Schillaci made the cut for the 22-man World Cup squad.

The fairytale continued in the hosts’ opening match against Austria: coming off the bench with less than 15 minutes remaining, he headed the winner within two minutes. Despite his heroics, Vicini left him on the bench again against the USA, but when giving a starting berth against Czechoslovakia he took just nine minutes to justify his place with the opening goal of a 2-0 win. Italy’s unlikely hero scored in each subsequent match up to and including the semi-finals, where the Azzurri were defeated by reigning champions Argentina. Schillaci sealed his claim on the Golden Boot by scoring his sixth goal of the tournament in the third-place play-off win over England, and etched his name forever into World Cup history.

So what happened next…

After the World Cup the goals soon dried up for Toto. He only managed five in Serie A for Juventus the following season, and his next international strike, almost a year later against Norway, proved to be his last. A two-year spell at Internazionale was unsuccessful, and in 1994 Toto sought a new lease of life in Japan, becoming the first Italian to venture into the nascent J-League.

At Jubilo Iwata, Toto’s career was indeed reinvigorated, culminating in his final season in Japan in 1997 when the club won the league and were runners-up in the J-League Cup.

Upon retiring he moved back to his native Sicily, where he founded a football academy, had a stint as a local councilor in Palermo and appeared on reality TV show L’isola dei Famosi, the Italian celebrity version of Survivor. He also popped up on an Irish beer advert in 2002.

Unsurprisingly, his career nosedive has not dimmed the memories of those Notti Magiche di Schillaci, something for which the man himself will forever be grateful: “Even when I go abroad, thanks to the World Cup people know who I am. For any player, playing for your country should be your first priority because it can change your life, the way it changed mine. I still live amongst the people and buzz around Palermo on my scooter,” he explains. “I am one of the people, part of the community, people recognise me but don’t see me differently because I am Schillaci”.

International Statistics

1990 Played 12 games, scored 6 goals.

1991 Played 4 games, scored 1 goal.


10 Fun ways to maintaining a Healthier Home Environment for your Kids

I think we are all becoming a lot more conscious of the need and benefits of maintaining a healthy environment for our kids. blog looks at some current research into how me might achieve this balance, however we have tried to keep it simple and fun. Let us know what you think!


  1. Plan healthy, tasty breakfasts. Offer children a lean protein at breakfast such as eggs, string cheese, fresh fruit or berries. Whole-grain cereal with nuts is another option. Top off the meal with a glass of milk or yogurt.
  2. Discourage mindless munching. Don’t let kids eat in front of the TV or computer and gradually restrict eating and drinking to the kitchen table.
  3. Get them involved. Take kids to the supermarket. Skip the sweet aisles and have children select one fruit and vegetable to try each week. At home, include children in lunch and dinner preparation.
  4. Get some shut-eye. Allow kids no more than one hour of media time before bedtime (and ideally not just before they go to bed). Try to make sure they get the required 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Research shows that lack of sleep equals unwanted weight gain, behavioral problems and difficulty concentrating the next day.
  5. Teach kids to dance. Tell them you’re playing Strictly Come Dancing and let them waltz, do the cha-cha-cha or swing dance. This active time will burn four to five times more calories than sitting and improve their overall health.
  6. Play outside with your children. Mothers and Fathers should teach their kids to throw, catch, kick, pass, jump and ride a bike because their kids may not be learning these important skills at school.
  7. Encourage physical-activity breaks.Research indicates that kids should not sit still for more than 60 minutes at a time. When they are doing their homework or on the computer, they should get up regularly and move around. A good idea is to have them do at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity after school.
  8. Cut down on sugary drinks. Instead offer water and milk, even low-fat chocolate milk.
  9. Use smaller plates. Research shows that kids serve themselves more at lunch when they use adult-sized dinner plates compared with using child-sized plates.
  10. Trick their tummies. Add fiber-rich vegetables — such as spinach, butternut squash, broccoli, carrots, peppers and onions — to lasagna, casseroles, pasta dishes and pizza. The veggies lower the calories and increase the nutrients in each bite.

Heineken Cup 2014 Interesting Statistics

 After a fantastic Heineken Cup Competition, it comes down to 80mins in Cardiff on 24 May 14 – Here are some interesting statistics on the competition to date.

  • Most Passes Completed – Munster
  • Most Lineouts Won – Clermont Auvergne
  • Most Missed Tackles – Benetton Treviso
  • Top off-loader – Nathan Hines
  • Most Rucks Won – Clermont Auvergne
  • Most Yellow Cards Benetton Treviso
  • Most Red Cards – Ulster, Ospreys & Perpignan
  • Most Conversions – Ian Keatley
  • Most Drop Goals – Dan Parks
  • Most Penalties – Jonny Wilkinson
  • Most Tackles – Saracens

What will be the deciding factor in the final,  Saracens tackle count or Jonny Wilkinson’s boot?

Coolbaby Tipster says – Saracens.