One of my very first blog posts – before I had really even told anyone about this blog – was about my failed attempt to make a sardine sandwich. I had liked sardines for a while – ever since reading a magazine article earlier this year about how good they are for you – but that particular sandwich was kinda gross, and it turned me off sardines for the past month and a half.
Yesterday, I tried making a different kind of sardine sandwich. I’ll confess from the get-go that I didn’t really research any sardine recipes, but I thought I had a fool-proof plan: to make a tuna salad sandwich, which I love, except for with sardines instead of tuna. What could go wrong?
I drained a tin of sardines (headless, tailless, boneless, packed in water) into a bowl, squeezed half of a lemon over them to make them less fishy-smelling (based on a tip from my Aunt Annie), threw in a bunch of chopped celery, 1/4 of a maui onion, capers, 4 oz of nonfat Greek yogurt, a few tablespoons of mustard, and mixed it all up. That, my friends, is how I make tuna (although the veggies change based on what I have in the house), and it’s gooood.
But when you make it with sardines, the whole mixture comes out gray. Gray!
I put half of the mixture in a little Tupperware, threw it in my lunch bag, and took it to work. I also brought along a Thin Bun – these awesome 100 calorie sandwich buns that I love. Usually I buy the Oroweat kind (which are called Sandwich Thins, check them out here), but right now I have the Earth Grains kind (called Thin Buns):
To be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference at all between the Earth Grains and the Oroweat – except that the last time I was at the supermarket, the Earth Grains were 50 cents cheaper, which is why I bought them. They’re delicious, and satisfy my bread cravings without being very bready at all.
But I digress. I wrapped up a thin bun separately – I didn’t want to make the sandwich ahead of time and have it get all soggy. When lunch time rolled around, I pulled out the bun and the sardine salad, and took a bite of the sardines before assembling the sandwich… and… it was gross. Repulsive. The lemon didn’t get rid of the fishy smell or taste – it seemed worse, if that’s possible. It was even more unappetizing to taste than it is to look at. Downright unedible. I ended up eating the bun by itself, and the raw celery and green peppers sticks I had brought, and tossed the sardine salad down the garbage disposal (I didn’t want any lingering sardine stenches to waft out of the trash and assault my or my co-workers’ olfactory nerves). When I got home, I tossed the other half of the mixture, and then had an epiphany:
I’m over sardines. I’m done with them. Even the thought of them just conjures negative feelings and a bad taste in my mouth. They had a nice little run – I ate about 7 tins of them over the past 6 or 7 months – but I’m gonna lay off them completely now. I’m going back to tuna for all my canned fish needs.
So what do I do with the last tin of sardines in my cupboard?
I think I’ll donate them the next time a food drive comes a callin’.
Keep it up, David!
PS. Yes, observant readers, that is a box of Reindeer pate next to the sardines. I picked it up in Sweden in June. I’ll be sure to blog about that once I crack it open!