Two nights ago I happened to watch Soleil, a French movie starring Sophia Loren as an impoverished mother of 5 children and theif life in Algiers during WWII. The plot was predictable and not half as engaging as say, Agnes Brown, but still worth watching, for me at least, because of the Sardine-Dinner scenes.
In the movie, the camera follows Sophia as she dipped butterflied fresh sardines into egg and flour, the following shots are of eager hands grabbing the sardines from the platter. Another platter appeared, and the sardines were devoured just as quickly. Scene repeats until everybody collapsed in sardine esctasy.
I can so understand their passion. Whenever I see fresh sardines on menus, I'll automatically order it. The other day we saw some plump specimens in the market and brought home, it cost only 3.30 euros for 10 pieces. Back home GG fried half and the other half, she rubbed with a spicy mix and grilled. The kitchen got a little oily while aroma of fried fish lingered in the air for quite a bit of time which drove the dogs a bit nuts.
Both versions were delicious, but the fried fish got more votes because frying made the bones crispy and edible. We served the fish with a dip of soya sauce zinged up with some chopped coriander leaves and bird eye chillies. So next time you see some in your market, go get some!