The Culinary Calendar tells me that today is Feast of Shesmu, Egyptian god of the Wine Press and that on this day in 1876 canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil.

I also learned that, rather bizarrely, in 2002 new regulations were put into effect that require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each of their pigs, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon. We’re not informed as to the regulations there might be for spending time with German cows, sheep, chickens and other farm animals.

I’m fond of canned sardines, very fond of them. In fact, I find that I have written no less than five posts about them!

Google informs me that I am not alone in my admiration of this lowly food. Witness this delightful extract from Robert William Service’s poem, Song Of The Sardine:

A fat man sat in an orchestra stall and his cheeks were wet with tears,
As he gazed at the primadonna tall, whom he hadn’t seen in years.
“Oh don’t you remember” he murmured low “that Spring in Montparnasse,
When hand in hand we used to go to our nightly singing class.
Ah me those days so gay and glad, so full of hope and cheer.
And that little super that we had of tinned sardines and beer.
When you looked so like a little queen with your proud and haughty air,
That I took from the box the last sardine and I twined it in your hair.”

Ah, happy Thursday, my friends. I am off to make toast … and I know exactly what I want on it.


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53 Comments Add yours

  1. much as I like sardines, I’m not sure I’d appreciate having one twined in my hair

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I was struck by that line too … must be a private joke between the man and his love.

  2. My dad also luuuuuuvs sardines on toast!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ha …. clever man he must be 😉

  3. leigh says:

    Love it 🙂

  4. Madmom says:

    I enjoy sardines on toast sprinkled with a little vinegar.

  5. nina says:

    Sardines makes the best fish cakes and it is so good for you!!

  6. souldipper says:

    The darling sardine is safe from having to grace my toast. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not your thing? 🙂

  7. nrhatch says:

    Hmm . . . is this six toasts to sardines?

    Or six sardines on toast? 😀

  8. Adeeyoyo says:

    😀 – Lovely post, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Adee! xxx

  9. Yes, fabulous sardines! On occasion, Sunday supper is sardines on toast mashed with vinegar, finely chopped onion and salt & pepper.
    🙂 Mandy

  10. Tandy says:

    I love tinned sardines but NOT in tomato sauce. See you Saturday 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      TWO SLEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Yvette says:

    Love sardines, most of all fresh and grilled, or breadcrumbed. I haven’t had them in tomato sauce in so long, I’ll have to look out for them! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also adore them grilled, especially over a fire 🙂

  12. nursemyra says:

    Sardines in my hair? No thanks

    1. theonlycin says:

      I somehow knew you’d remark on that 😉

  13. Rita says:

    Your posts are always soooo funny!! The Song of the Sardine is amazing,but above all I love the story of the German pig farmers… I’m rather puzzled… But you never stop learning something new! 😛

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d like to find out much more about those farmers .. 😉

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    Toast – bad. Sardines – bad. Blog – good. Loved the bizarre fact.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t like toast, Tilly? … that’s bizarre 😉

  15. colonialist says:

    ‘Oh Robert – this is so sardine!’

    Though the sardine, as a fish,
    Is well considered fair,
    No-one sane would ever wish
    To have one in their hair!

  16. granny1947 says:

    Oh My Word…what are the farmers supposed to do in those ten seconds???
    the mind boggles.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Guess the just say ‘Hello pig’ and move along?

  17. Tammy McLeod says:

    I honestly don’t think I’ve had them in years and don’t want them in my locks but do wholeheartedly agree that the pig farmers ought to spend time with their pigs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahaha, I think all the farm animals deserve time with the farmers.

  18. So the German farmer could have a team meeting and spend longer with a group of his pigs? A real conversation at least?
    Enjoy your lunch.
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL … with the advent of Skype he could just have a camera conference! 🙂

  19. slpmartin says:

    Haven’t had sardines in years…must try them again. 🙂 Have a great day my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sardines are good brain food, sleep tight Charlie.

  20. Liane says:

    …always have a can of those on hand. Yummy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, buy them in 6-packs 🙂

  21. Ah, sardines. My husband and I eat them now and again. Both of us were raised on sardines. My grandfather taught me to enjoy sardines. He’d share his can with me as a night snack when I visited. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your grandfather sounds nice, late night snacks rock! xxx

  22. No wonder he’s looking at her from afar…., she would’ve given him the flick for sure having put a sardine in her hair 🙂 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      May have flicked him with that sardine 😉

  23. i think if u cooked sardines for me, i’d be fond of them too. lucky sardines

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehe, thanks Doc 😀

  24. Naomi says:

    Lovely post – and quirky poem 😀

  25. gospelwriter says:

    My dad loved tinned sardines – the rest of us shuddered every time one was opened… 🙂

  26. Tokeloshe says:

    I like them, but I forget to buy them, they don’t seem to be popular here, but I find them in the Ethnic isle of our supermarket 😉

    Anchovies are also quite scarce.

  27. Welcome to the Society.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jonny, I love your site!

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