The simple things in life are often the best. And simple food is good food and tasty too. After a long day or when you’re pressed for time, it’s good to know that you can always count on a tin of sardines as a quick and healthy dish. Not to mention delicious. Alone with rice, or as a complement/extra to other dishes for a proper meal. Especially when dressed with a few simple/fresh ingredients to liven it up and lift it from plain to something a little more fancy. I’m talking about the ones in tomato sauce (my favourite). Although, they’re also available in oil or spring water. And they’re such good value and can be found almost everywhere. They have a long shelf life so it’s wise to have a couple stocked in the cupboard for emergencies. That’s if you like sardines of course. Otherwise, you just might have to learn to love them.
I got the idea from my dad. Many years ago. I remember it being presented as a colourful/vibrant dish. Zesty and flavoursome. I loved it then and I love it now. It’s a good trick to know. And one full of happy/fond memories of home and enjoying a delicious meal with my dad/family. A tin of sardines in tomato sauce is delicious as is. However, it’s amazing what some fresh herbs can do. I like to add chopped/sliced chilies, shallot (or onion), coriander and/or spring onion. A thinly sliced clove of garlic and/or ginger will work a treat too. Likewise, pepper, a squeeze of lemon/lime and/or a light splash of fish/soy sauce. All of my favourites really or whatever I have on hand. But don’t overdo it because it’s already yummy as is. Enjoy it with hot/steamed rice as a quick meal. Or perhaps as a complement to a vegetable stir-fry and/or jeow.
Don’t underestimate the humble tin of sardines. It’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s a lifesaver. Like other cheap tinned/instant foods (or cheap things), it has potential to become something extraordinary. You just need to be creative and think outside the square. Necessity is the mother of invention. Fancy instant noodles anyone? Food doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Often, the cheap/simple stuff works just fine. And sometimes, even better. Work with what you’ve got. Give it much love and transform it into something awesome. Tinned sardines is not only cheap (65 cents!) and delicious, it’s also excellent for your health. Like other fatty fish, it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. 1 Everything in moderation. Bon appetit/sern sap! smile