There’s something fishy about my cottage pie

On Friday Jane surprised me by coming home for lunch, en route for a meeting in Perth. I’d just received news of my job interview and Jane wanted to give me a hug. But we had nothing in the house so took a wee trip along the road to the Scotmid (Co-op). Jane bought some healthy soup, and I got this, Co-op Cottage Pie for the reduced price of 69p.

Co-op Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie … hmm! Minced beef and onion in a rich gravy, topped with mashed potato.

And fish!

FISH?! It was Jane who noticed it on the back of the packet under “Allergy advice” it says:

May contain fish!?


I don’t even know what sulphite is, but I sure know that whenever my Mum made Cottage Pie it didn’t contain fish. But sure enough, reading through the ingredients I see that this cottage pie is made with anchovies. So I guess vegetarians could eat it then. So long as they pick out the 13% beef.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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