I bought a dozen sardines in my supermarket, reduced from £2.50 to £1.99. They needed to be used at once.
Sardines are easy to fillet. Cut off the head and slit open the stomach. Scrape out the obvious innards.
Spread the sardine open and lay it down with the skin upwards.
Run your thumb down the backbone firmly, then turn it over and you can easily pull out the backbone and the tail.
These are a Spanish favourite, and we love them too.
They don’t need to be cooked, as they cook in the vinegar.
Lay the filleted sardines in layers in a plastic container. Add some chopped onion and garlic.
Cover them with malt of white vinegar and season.
Put the lid on and leave to cook for a few days until they turn white.
Eat as a tapas with bread, or with a salad.
THAI-STYLE MARINATED SARDINES
Place your filleted sardines in a plastic container.
Make the sauce. I’m not giving you the exact ingredients. You have to build it up according to your taste.
Gently fry some chopped onion in olive oil.
Add ginger paste, tomato puree, garlic, honey, lime juice, seasoning, cider or wine vinegar, soya sauce, mixed herbs, water.
Taste and add any ingredients that you think need extra flavour.
Stir and boil to thicken slightly.
Allow to cool, then pour over the sardines, raising them to let the sauce spread.
Cover and leave for a few hours, or overnight, or even for a few days.
Gently lift the sardines into a pan and spoon some of the sauce over them.
Cook gently for 5-10 minutes until hot, spooning over more sauce if necessary.
Serve with rice, chips, or a side salad.
Another simple meal which can be prepared and saved for up to a week, or frozen.
Fry chopped onion in olive oil.
Add chopped red or green pepper, mushrooms, aubergine, courgettes, a tin of tomatoes, a squirt of tomato paste, garlic, mixed herbs and seasoning.
Stir to coat everything, then add some hot water to cover, and cook in the oven until soft, or when needed.
A useful recipe if you’re in a hurry to serve a delicious pud.
Lay cooked apples in a baking dish.
Sprinkle over some sugar and a dash of cinnamon, if you like.
In a saucepan, melt some butter or marge. Add breadcrumbs and sugar.
Keep stirring until it’s all turned crunchy.
Spoon over the apples and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes.
Serve with custard or ice-cream.
It’s as good as a Crumble, and quicker and simpler to make.