Cod Mornay

On 29th November 2014, This was Dinner

In my (our) quest to make a meal from different books in December, I used this one. Given to me by my lovely Auntie, Jayne, it’s one of those week by week magazine collection things, popular in the 70/80s.

I was supposed to be making Monte Carlo Cod but jotted this one down instead.

I adjusted the recipe to use up the vegetables used to infuse the milk for the mornay – how frivolous was the seventies? I just thought we all lived in black and white ;-).

Here’s a description of a mornay sauce from Wikipedia…

A Mornay sauce is a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated cheese added. Usually, it consists of half gruyère and half parmesan cheese, though some variations use different combinations of gruyère, emmental or white cheddar. It is often served with seafood or vegetables.


  • Halve an onion
  • Halve a carrot
  • Quarter a stick of celery
  • Grate some gruyère
  • Get cod, butter, milk, a bay leaf, flour, oil, parsley, nutmeg & seasoning ready
  • Preheat the oven to 190ºc (fan)


Pop the carrot, onion and celery in a pan with the milk and bay leaf, season and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat then cover and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes.

Drain the liquid, it was at this point the veg is discarded but I chopped all of mine up to use in the sauce.

Heat some butter and oil in a pan then add the chopped vegetables.  Sprinkle in some flour and stir well to cook through.

Add the infused milk a little at a time, stirring continuously, then bring to the boil and cover and simmer for five minutes.

Season the fish and pop in an oven proof dish. Cover with the sauce and sprinkle generously with the gruyère. bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the fish is cooked through.

Sprinkle with parsley.TWD_2911_CodAs Mr S was STILL unhappy about the sausages and cheese the other day I avoided potatoes and served it on a bed of pasta instead.

On 30th November 2014. This was dinner

We saw out November with a Chinese takeaway, we were supposed to have chicken croquettes but Mr S is boycotting potato at the moment.

I spent the day putting up the Christmas tree and before any grinches say anything, that’s my family tradition. It also comes down before New Years Day is over too.

Another tradition (started by me and only me) is to drink Snowballs and watch a Christmas movie whilst putting up the tree. I class anything that has a little bit of Christmas in it as a Christmas movie (see Die Hard and Trading Places) and the movie of choice today was Just Friends.


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