Saturday, November 24, 2012

National Sardines Day

Happy National Sardines Day, all you Sardine eaters!
So what will you do today to celebrate National Sardines Day? Will you eat your favorite tin, or venture into unknown territories with a new tin? Perhaps sit around drinking a cold one, while playing spoons and drumming on empty tins. 




Unfortunately, I have to work on National sardines Day, 16 hour shifts at the hospital this weekend. So to celebrate, today I made several dishes. My first was Sardines on toast, with a special sauce.














 Then for breakfast was Sardines, on a bed of rice topped off with an egg. 

                                               And then for the road, was Sardines in a blanket.


All was interesting, and yet very different. The brand I celebrated with today was "Adriatic Sun". To finish off National Sardines Day, tonight I will eat a plain tin with crackers.

 I'm still a believer that sardines are best just straight from the tin. What ever you do today, I hope its a good tin you have decided to pop!









Thursday, November 15, 2012

COLOSO- 88


COLOSO: IN VEGETABLE OIL



APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Per serving. two to the tin.
Calories- 130
Fat Calories- 80
Total Fat- 7,5g
Sat Fat- 1,6g
Cholesterol- 30mg
Sodium- 300mg
Protein- 12g


PRODUCT OF:
Portugal

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Vegetable Oil, Salt


PRICE:


OVER ALL:
It's the Charles Atlas Sardines! Thats what I thought of when I first saw the cover art. The box carries a unique expiration date. "Best Before end of 2012" Interesting. A very strong oil aroma upon opening. Three plump, scaled attractive fish to the tin. A very meaty fish, scales are not noticeble, not a spiny fish, fish posses a good texture. A clean tasting fish, no strong taste or after taste, oil taste is present; but not off puting. A bitter taste is present, but only from the innards. I would probaly eat again. 3 1/2 Sardines.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

FANTIS- 87

FANTIS: IN OIL


APPEARANCE:

NUTRITON:
Per serving. two to the tin.
Calories- 130
Fat Calories- 80
Total Fat- 8g
Sat Fat- 2g
Cholesterol- 20mg
Sodium- 250mg
Protein- 11g

PRODUCT OF: 
Spain

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soya Oil, Salt

PRICE:
1.99

OVER ALL:
A very pleasant aroma upon opening. three plump scaled fish to the tin. Scales are slightly noticeable  A very meaty fish, fish does not hold its shape while removing from tin. Fish has a plain watery after taste. Not a spiny fish. I may would eat again. 2 1/2 Sardines.








FANTIS: IN OIL SPICED


APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Per serving. two to the tin.
Calories- 130
Fat Calories- 80
Total Fat- 8g
Sat Fat- 2g
Cholesterol- 20mg
Sodium- 250mg
Protein- 11g


PRODUCT OF: 
Spain

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soya Oil, Pepper, Spices, Salt

PRICE:
1.99

OVER ALL:

A very attractive amber hue to the tin. A mild sweet aroma when opened. Four plump scaled fish to the tin, with one chill i at bottom of tin. A sweet flavor hits you on first bite, almost a clove flavor, only not as deep as cloves; followed by a slight creeping heat to finish off the bite. (nice heat) a very meaty fish, scales not noticeable  fish holds it's shape very well, when removing from tin. I would eat again. 4 sardines

                      




FANTIS: IN TOMATO SAUCE


APPEARANCE:

NUTRITION:
Per serving. two to the tin.
Calories- 100
Fat Calories- 60
Total Fat- 7g
Sat Fat- 1,5g
Cholesterol- 20mg
Sodium- 250mg
Protein- 9g

PRODUCT OF: 
Spain

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Soya Oil, Salt

PRICE:
1.99

OVER ALL:
Four plump scaled sardines to the tin, a watery bland taste hits on first bite. A very meaty fish, not a stand out tin of fish, not spiny, nor do they have a fishy taste or after taste. Finishing off the tin with with soda crackers made it easier to eat. I may would eat again. 1 1/2 sardines.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Tin or Treat

Halloween has come and gone.  Another year of pint-size witches, goblins, and ghouls running around, seeking candy.  Now, it's more like princesses, superheros, and cartoon characters.  What has happened to Halloween costumes?  It seems like nobody can make their own costumes anymore.  Everything is store-bought.
It's been many years since I ran around trick or treating--more than I care to think about.  My siblings, cousins, and I would ride in the back of a truck, going house to house.  We would jump out, get our candy, and run back to jump back in the truck to head to our next stop.  The houses where they gave out the good or lots of candy were naturally always our favorites.  But they don't stand out in my memory any more; the houses that gave out the weird items do stand out.  A few of my memories from childhood trick or treating is of the people who passed out tooth brushes; an old man with snuff running down the corners of his mouth who would pass out chocolate covered cream drops from his personal bag with snuff stained hands; the white haired old woman who would give out candied apples, but she made you walk through her house to her kitchen to receive one; the talking pumpkin house; the lady who would give us "you're going to Hell" tracts with our candy (at least I'll have a Snickers bar in Hell), as well as many other fond or not so fond memories.
So, I began to think that starting this year, I would give out healthy snacks from now on at Halloween--and not fruit!


 This year I gave out sardines.  Yes, a healthy assortment of all kinds of sardines, placed in treat bags.
 The kids' faces would light up when they got the treat bags, thinking the weight was all candy.  I'm sure the house who gave sardines will be remembered.  I look forward to seeing if I get any repeat kids next year.










 If nothing else, I'm sure the family cat had a good Halloween!