Today is all about celebrating those tiny little fish known as sardines. They often come in a can and are loved by millions while simultaneously freaking out the remainder of the population. I’m not a big fan, and they’re usually headless, which was just too gross to doodlewash so I put their heads back on.
I’ve been loving limited palettes lately, and not sure why but here we go again. This one uses just Azo Green, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Blue with Neutral Tint. Today I was a bit rushed and am posting later than I normally do, but this is such an odd day, that if you actually love these things, I’m sure you’re already celebrating it.
Philippe is a huge fan of sardines and has turned Phineas on to the notion, though admittedly the dog will eat anything that you put in front of him. He even eats dried leaves off the terrace, and later regurgitates them, leading us to refer to them as his “pukey chips.” But sardines are far better for him and make his coat all shiny, so there’s something to be said for these little creatures after all.
There’s just something weird to me about eating fish out of a can that I can’t get past. I’ve tried them once when Philippe coaxed me, and they weren’t as horrific as I had imagined, but still not the culinary treat that would keep me coming back for more. To be fair, I’m typically against all meat in a can, but have to admit having fried SPAM as a child.
SPAM, however, isn’t actually meat, but a “meat product.” Something that’s been processed beyond belief and no longer retains any of the qualities of real meat. So I guess, if you want me to eat meat out of a can, you just need to disguise it’s animal characteristics and render it unrecognizable. It also helps if you catch me when I’m terribly young and would probably be just as likely to try some “pukey chips.”
But if sardines are your thing, then this day was made for you! Roll open a can and dig into some headless goodness packed in oil, water, mustard or tomato sauce. Whatever you like best! I’ll be opting out of this day, however, and feasting on just about anything else.Recommended1 recommendationPublished in
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