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Quick Sardine Stew ....

OK, so most people, me included at one stage too, don't like sardines. They smell too fishy for starters. So every time when I bought sardines, and then opened them up, it reminded me why I wouldn't be buying them again, the taste was nothing to get hungry for either. Then, during my last trip in Vancouver, Canada I heard that sardines were pretty healthy for a person. Even the canned ones. And particularly when they are canned in olive oil, as they contain Omega 3. I've never had sardines in olive oil before, as I usually opted for the ones in brine or water, so decided to try the ones in olive oil as well as make a completely different dish so it would be more palatable as well. And that turned out into a huge success. Very tasty, delicious. And QUICK to make!

I cut up a very small spanish onion, with lots of grated ginger and crushed garlic. Fried that in some coconut oil, and then added half a tin of chopped tomato (I got organic ones from Waitrose). Simmered that for a bit, then added the sardines in olive oil - one tin, used a fork to really mince it in, and let that simmer a little bit as well. I added a few dashes of my New Orleans spice, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a dash of curry powder, and then it was ready.

Darn tasty! Twisted Evil

13 blog comments below

Oh that sounds amazing! I've never had sardines before but this makes me want to try it. I'll be back at my apartment soon with the weekend to myself. I'll write this one down and hopefully try it out. What's the New Orleans spice?
TheGremlyn on Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:08 pm
Oops, I got the name wrong. It's called Louisiana Cajun seasoning, imported from South Africa no less. I purchased it at the Organics Market in Dubai and use it in all of my dishes.

I'm sure you'll get much better equivalents where you are though. The ingredients are:
Sea salt, coriander, paprika, yellow mustard seed, chilli, onion, cumin, garlic, oregano, thyme, black peppercorns, marjoram.
deanhills on Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:53 am
I love sardines! My mom usually don't cook much sardines here because my brother hates everything that swims (his words). I love eating sardines (the olive oil version) paired with tomato sauce and spaghetti. Give it a try, it's delicious!
Vanilla on Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:26 pm
I am not much for sardines unless they have been rinsed to remove the saltiness.
standready on Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:15 am
True Stand. I'd never eat them from a tin as they have a real bland fishy taste. The olive oil variety seems to be slightly better. I don't think I'll ever eat it from a tin or in salads either. But cooked with spices and tomato, it seems to be OK. I've been doing away with bread and grains for a while, but I'd imagine the stew would go well on toast or rice. Or maybe a fancy grain like quinoa or kamut.
deanhills on Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:35 am
Everything you described sounds healthy although I am not sure I would be joining you. Still would not discourage this but somehow might be looking in the fridge for something else. My goldfish might be a healthy meal too but I just can't see myself eating them. Laughing

You need to talk to Bruce the shark in the animated film Finding Nemo.
Bluedoll on Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:58 pm
Might have to give sardines another chance with ideas like these, always too fishy for me. Will make sure to get them in olive oil when I get around to it. Olive oil... olive oil... olive oil. Okay, I think I got it.
pauline123 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:10 pm
Canned sardines in mustard sauce on crackers.
Ever heard of them?
Really liked them as they were a rare treat.
But, then, my family liked things like limburger and bleu cheese too!
rmines on Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:55 am
I have to try the mustard sauce. Used to like sweet mustard sauce with all my toasted sandwiches many years ago. Like they made at Wimpy in South Africa. I used to eat sweet mustard sauce with sandwich instead of the other way round. Very Happy

Probably will make it in a stew though. Sardines only work for me if they are in a hot meal. Maybe next time will try it out. OK, let's Google a recipe for sweet mustard sauce and see with what ingredients I come up:

OK, this looks interesting. Soak one table spoon mustard seeds in vinegar for two days. Maybe I'll improvise and add a squirt or two of lime juice to the vinegar and a table spoon of honey/sugar during the soaking. Then process it. Then add that at the end of the cooking of the stew. Also maybe add some more "sweet" onion with the onion, ginger and garlic fry at the beginning of the stew.
deanhills on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:29 pm
I've aquired some of the ingredients for this or similar ones. No clue where I'd get coconut oil though. And I somehow managed to forget the main ingredient here!!! I blame my headache for making me forget the sardines. I think I would like to get ones in olive oil... Hmm... Not even sure where they would be in the grocery store... Hmm..........
TheGremlyn on Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:24 am
I doubt the absence of coconut oil will make a great difference TG. I'm sure you could use butter even. As it has a great taste. Or any oil you like. Guess you could go spontaneous on this and use any ingredients you have available.
deanhills on Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:32 am
I finally found the sardines! They had so many in the store it was crazy but they did have the ones in olive oil! My sister gave me and the sardines a weird look but I mentioned that (someone) had a good recipe and I wanted to try it. I think I just need to run out and grab the tomatoes (were those stewed or fresh? I'm assuming stewed...).
TheGremlyn on Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:31 pm
The tomatoes were canned - chopped tomatoes in a can - but you can really have any canned or fresh tomato, whatever you fancy. Fresh tomatoes would probably be more nutritious, but of course harder work. I got the organic canned ones from Waitrose, a big super market brand name from the UK. I've also tried organic tomato puree from the Organic Shop (imported from Italy) and that worked too. I do think I prefer the canned chopped tomatoes however as it gives it a more bulky consistency.
deanhills on Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:09 am

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