“I can’t stand them; they’re of a different class. I arrived at their house last weekend and they were sitting around having lunch, I couldn’t believe my eyes; tinned sardines and brown bread!”

Thus spoke the wife of a man for whom I once worked. I refrained from commenting, the slated tinned sardine having been a grocery cupboard staple throughout my life. Mashed with chopped onions and a bit of pepper, on lightly toasted rye bread … With fresh chillies on a chunk of ciabatta, or – like today – in tomato sauce with plain brown toast; a taste of summer sunshine.

Our Kwa Zulu Natal coastal region is experiencing the annual sardine run which heralds the arrival of our summer. I sit here at my desk with my simple lunch and dream of having fresh sardines to drench in lemon juice and grill on a beach fire. Bliss.

A different class, what an ass…


52 Comments Add yours

  1. Joanne says:

    a bit of a pretentious git, no?

    How ARE you?

    When will you be visiting CT again – would love to meet for coffee and a natter?

    Enough questions 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit, maybe October-endish, will let you know.
      Wine on the Glencairn stoop?

  2. aardvarkian says:

    That’s it. I’m going for lunch.

  3. Witch Twin says:

    I like sardines too, especially as fish cakes.
    Have a wonderful week, OC.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Must try to make sardine fishcakes, thanks 🙂

  4. MissChris says:

    yumm and you know what my best is about tinned sardines – the graat in the middle!! dunno why but since I was little i loved that! (i eat chicken bones ok – maybe that explains a bit!)
    the other favourite from way back when which would probably also be classified as nether class is bullybeef on brown bread with onion and loads of vinegar – yum!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never had bullybeef like that, will try it.

  5. Naomi says:

    Ah, the Sardine Run…forgot about that! I must admit I’d prefer to go and watch over eating them, except maybe fresh from the sea 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Had them grilled at Ocean Basket a while back, very nice with a greenpepper sauce.

  6. Supagran says:

    I enjoy tinned sardines, but only in tomato sauce, in fact let go look in the cupboard…….

    1. theonlycin says:

      The one in the chilli sauce is nice too!

  7. Madmom says:

    Sardines are a noble little fish that have staved off many hunger pangs in those less blessed with bulging purses. For that alone, it deserves our accolades.

  8. Sue says:

    Mashed tinned sardines on toast – one of my favourites! Excellent post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very yummy, I agree 🙂
      Thanks for the visit Sue.

  9. lovely
    were those the people with white bread and pink polony?

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol, no, not the same ones 🙂

  10. suzicate says:

    I might not like what someone else is eating, but they really might not like my tastes either!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re right suzicate, each to his own 🙂

  11. New Attitude says:

    My late mom used to love sardines, eat them jus sommer out the can…I am not too partial to them, think it’s the silver skin that puts me off….although you seem to make them sound like a gourmet dish with the lemon and crushed onion …..

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just love them … but now I have heartburn ;p

  12. nrhatch says:

    My parents served them on occasion. I never much cared for them.

    Once, I took my unwanted sardine and stuck it in my brother’s glass of milk (while my sister and older brothercheered me on)

    He drank it!

    We roared with laughter.

  13. adeeyoyo says:

    Mashed sardines, mixed with chopped onion and tomato on rolls or toast were my staple diet both times I was pregnant and about all I could eat! And I still love it… We had a chef at work once who made the most delicious fishcakes with chilli sauce! I really would like a recipe for the fishcakes – they were made with mashed potatoes – if anyone can oblige…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I promise to hunt down the recipe and blog it adee.

      1. adeeyoyo says:

        That would be nice. I’ll let you know if I find anything too.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Found one, will post it tomorrow.

  14. Jingle says:
    Poets Rally Week 27 awards,
    All 5 4 u, enjoy!
    Happy Monday,
    Rally week 28 will be September 9-15…..Welcome!

    1. theonlycin says:

      On my way over Jingle 🙂

  15. deepercolors says:

    I personally despise sardines, don’t really deal well with most fish, but that is just a personal taste-bud preference. I agree with your point completely. What an @ss – and I might add – pompous. Good for you for writing it up.

  16. Lyndatjie says:

    Good heavens… Eating Sardines put you in a certain class? Some people are in such need to stand out that they actually use sardines as a measuring stick? I hope some sharp tooth little sardine bites her pretentious butt when next she swims in our ocean!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, I doubt she swims Lyndatjie, probably considers it rather common ;p

  17. Trisa Hugo says:

    We often have sardines on toast for breakfast, and without execption one of us would say, We must do this more often…. Yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That is true holiday food Trisa, lovely to have a visit from you 🙂

  18. Lyndatjie says:

    Sorry for shouting – but she is back!

  19. halfp1nt says:

    Mmmm, mushed up with lots of onion and dolloped on Melba Toast. Now that I love!
    They were still netting off Addington Beach on Friday – much excitement when 4 sharks entered the shallow water just off the shore.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my, that’s very exciting 🙂

  20. buttercup600 says:

    Can’t wait for October now…you make me hungry!! I also agree, mashed on toast with melted cheese…hmmmm xxxxx

  21. slpmartin says:

    Must admit Cindy that I’m not much of a fan of sardines these days…perhaps too many when I was young.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very good for the bones as we grow older 🙂

  22. Sounds like a perfect breakfast treat. At the risk of appearing highly impressionable I think I’ll buy some sardines today….I have one of those wonderful breadmakers so there’s bread already on site.

    Thanks for this fabulous tip. Especially the ‘tastes like sunshine’ bit.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy Kate, I just Googled the nutrishional facts about tinned sardines and was hugely impressed with the results.

  23. Jamie Dedes says:

    These days I keep some of the canned in the pantry and have them on top of a salad when I don’t feel like cooking. (Good for my youthful figure!*#@$#!!!)

    They were a real stapple when I was growing up. Even restaurants had them on the menu: Usually bacon and sardines with lettuce, tomato, and mayo on bread of choice.

    Now fresh sardines … yum! … I rarely see them at the market any more.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’re delightful as a salad filler 🙂

  24. izziedarling says:

    Smug windbag! Not you, cin, that woman. Love sardines – we are going into fall now and I’ve never seen anything but tinned sardines. Enjoy for me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I shall do, izzie 🙂

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