Thursday, May 26, 2005

Fast Food, Portuguese Way

I have been outside in the garden since about 9:00 a.m. and at noon I was both famished and tired. Fortunately I had a baguette of fresh country wheat bread, purchased this morning at Loblaws Supermarket when I went to get some lawn seed. That baguette put me in the mood for a sardine sandwich with a salad of vine-ripened tomatoes which looked like they would not take their stay in the counter for much longer.

This sandwich is the easiest and fastest thing to prepare. All you need is the bread, a can of Portuguese sardines in olive or vegetable oil and that's it. You can add some onion thinly sliced, but I prefer the unaided taste of the sardines and the bread, so I did not add onions to my sandwich.

A can of sardines in olive oil has four sardines, just enough for one sandwich. I let drip some of the oil in one side of the bread and then just put the sardines on the other, just so. Press down.

By the way, the little curve on the bottom left side of the sandwich is my first bite, which I had taken when suddently I realized that people might like to see a picture of the sardines on the bread. Sorry guys. Hope I'm not grossing people out.

For the salad, I just prepared two small tomatoes, sprinkled some oregano and added salt at the table. In my view, any other dressing would detract.

7 comments:

Elvira said...

Ainda hoje comi uma sandes destas, com pão integral e sardinhas no azeite!

portuguesa nova said...

My husband loves these and was sorely disappointed when he bought American canned sardines, which are not at all the same...I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy Portuguese sardines, fresh or canned, because in the US they are really not good.

Ana said...

Don't worry Portuguesa Nova. Sardines, canned or fresh are an acquired taste. In Portugal the flavour of the sardines is much better. It will make you forget the stuff from here.

Rachel said...

Mmm, I used to eat sardine sandwiches in Singapore as a kid. Over there, the sardines are usually canned in a spicy tomato sauce, which is pretty good.

Your picture brought back good memories, but now I'm craving canned sardines!

Lex Culinaria said...

I just found some Portuguese sardines at the local Italian market, so I shall have to try this. It sounds yummy. There are heaps of Portuguese immigrants in Edmonton so there are a lot of really good little Portuguese restaurants and bakeries. I find it odd that so many Portuguese would choose to settle in Edmonton wheere it is minus 40, but there you go. I won't complain...the food is great!

Ana said...

Rachel: I'm glad you also like sardine sandwiches. As far as I'm concerned, that's an undiscovered taste.

Lyn: Wonderful that you have Portuguese restaurants and bakeries in Edmonton. Have you tried Portuguese bread? There's nothing better. I'm sure you'll be able to find Portuguese Fresh Cheese there. It will probably be homemade by some old lady. Try it. You'll love it.

Nina said...

I go to Portugal often and always bring back a dozen or more cans of sardinhas in olive oil of the same brand: Vasco da Gama. The picante ones are good too, but I like ones in plain olive oil the best. They are large and incredibly wonderful...miles away from the typical sardines you can buy in the US, but I bet you can find decent ones if you try hard enough. That said, I rarely eat canned sardinhas when I am actually in Portugal because you can get the amazing grilled ones at any restaurant usually. I was just there in June, prime sardinhas season, and they were wonderful. Last Christmas I even had some cooked over an open hearth!