Monday, 11 June 2012

Summer Delights. No 1, Sardines.



Sardines are one of my absolute favourite Summer treats. I'm sure they're available all year round, but for me it has to be June/July/August.



They are so delicate, that trying to take a half-decent photo of them cooked is almost impossible; they always look messy. However, that doesn't alter the exquisite taste.

Normally I dust them in seasoned flour before frying in olive oil, but last night I went native, and cooked them as nature intended (beach style). Flouring first would probably made for a more appealing picture.

I had intended keeping one for Freddie (the cat), but gluttony got the better of me!  
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20 comments:

  1. Egg dipped and rolled in breadcrumbs, deep fried until golden ..... ahhhhhhhhh!

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  2. All those tiny bones - no thanks.

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    1. Their bones dissolve - very fine with high calcium content - you really don’t need a recipe to get the best out of them. Just scale and gut them, brush them lightly with olive oil and coarse sea salt, or whatever marinade you make up, grill them for around 5 minutes per side, until the skin is crispy, and serve them up with a drizzle of lemon juice and your favorite fresh herbs.

      And if you can’t be fussed to cook, there are few pleasures greater than mashing canned sardines, bones and all, onto buttered toast, or perhaps over a slice of camembert.

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    2. I can see the bones in the photo. I always remove the bone from the centre of tinned sardines. Much more enjoyable. Had a tin for lunch yesterday.

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    3. They only attack members of the Royal Family... we 'subjects' are immune!

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  3. They look delicious!! I can only get them in the can; already prepared. But I love them too.

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    1. Tinned Sardines are great; I love them too. But they can't be compared to fresh... they taste completely different.

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  4. Good fresh sardines are very hard to come by here in the Midlands. The best I ever tasted was in a pub in Tenby, Wales - just simply grilled with lemon, oil and seasoning. The meat just fell of the bone. The kids were freaked that I was going to eat "proper fishes" tho - although they were only tiny at the time. Mmm - want some now!!

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  5. Sardines ... yum!
    They have the other name of 'mulies' here, a bastardy of the bait industry.

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  6. The smell of sardines frying always reminds me of holidays in Greece - yum.

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  7. Their little eyes are looking at me!

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  8. I've only had tinned sardines, but now you've given me IDEAS....

    I especially like the breaded and fried concept...and Freddie can go catch his own little treat. That's his JOB.

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  9. LOVE fresh sardines. Thank goodness for the Portugese population in Toronto...they insist the restaurants in their neighbourhood fly them in every day from Portugal during summer...heaven!

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  10. ....I feel sick.............

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  11. That looks truly delicious.;) What about the bones, are there many of them.;)
    I have only ever eaten sardines in a can, which I love. I guess I have missed out on a lot.;))
    xoxo

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  12. I had Kippers for breakfast, the cat had kibble. Love sardines in mustard sauce on thin crackers. I have enjoyed your blog.

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