Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Salad #5: No Cook Supper

Kind of a no-brainer recipe today. It’s too hot for real effort. 

I saw these in the grocery store last week and had to buy them.  I love these things. These are one of those canned foods that are actually good for you, high protein and full of Omega threes. A little high in sodium, but nothing’s perfect.

My mother always referred to these as “your father’s cans of smelly fish”, and they are. . . aromatic, but good things often are: garlic, onions, Indian food.  People pay a lot for cheese that smells like feet, and there is a Chinese delicacy called “stinky tofu” that is supposed to be as good as it is smelly. 

Kippered herring is not as smelly as caramelizing onions, and since they are already cooked, they make for a really fast dinner. In this case, under 5 minutes.

Tomato & Herring Salad
Slice a tomato or two. Open the can, drain it, and flake the fish onto the tomato.  Drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle some vinegar (acid is key), and dinner is served.  You don’t even have to add salt, since the fish is salty already. If you are feeling like a tiny bit more effort, toss some parsley on it, but if you don’t have it, don’t bother.

This and a glass of wine made for a nice light supper, with only one plate to wash and no heating up the kitchen. 

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