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6/19/07 | Deep Cove Sardines


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Smoked Sardines on Cheap Eats

Hey friends. Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. And what better way to commemorate that day with a post about … sardines?

Yep. I’ll have to do a bit of explaining what sardines have to do with Father’s Day, at least for me. But first… hello! I haven’t posted in awhile after taking a “vacation.” I’d like to explain a little bit about why I took that vacation. No, Cheap Eats is NOT being bought out by Yahoo. For the past 2 years or so, I’ve suffered from a right shoulder and back ailment that’s most likely due to overzealous mousing. I finally decided to have it looked at by an orthopedic doctor and his conclusion was yes, Houston we do have a problem. He prescribed some anti-inflammatory and relaxant medicine, recommended a change in what side I sleep on, and generally said to ease up on the computerizing.

It has been mucho tough to try and not use the computer (I average 8-12 hours a day usage), but I’ve tried. Besides actually going outdoors into the sunshine, part of the strategy is to prioritize the usage. And Cheap Eats being a blog… well, it’s not exactly high on the list of necessary items. So, because I’m still trying to work on healing (otherwise, I’ll have to try physical therapy), the schedule for Cheap Eats is going to have to remain “every so often” instead of every week. I don’t expect everyone to throw their hands up in despair, but I know there are a few people who read the blog regularly – and I just wanted you to know that if you don’t see an update for a few weeks, that’s the reason why.

Ok, personal problems aside. Let’s get back to sardines. Here’s how the story goes. Apparently, when my dad was in college at the University of Washington, like many college kids he wasn’t exactly rolling in the dough. So, to make ends meet he’d skimp on the food side. A true Cheap Eater back in the day. This was back in the early 60s, when there weren’t so many fast food joints to choose from.

So anyway, one of the things he used to do was get a tin of sardines and heat that up and just eat that with some rice and maybe some veggies. A pitiful repast – I think I got that phrase from The Dharma Bums (the little bum in the railway car), but I’m not sure.

The thing is, dad really LIKED the meals of sardines and rice. (I think maybe this may have something to do with him being from a certain little rock in the middle of the ocean, often referred to in The Impulsive Buy.) So in honor of dad, I decided to crack open a can of sardines from the Dollar Store. Oh yes, certainly flirting with danger.

Smoked Sardines on Cheap Eats

The first thing you are probably going to say is OMG, Nast! It does look a bit pitiful, but that’s only because I wasn’t succesfuly in scooping the lil’ fishies out of their tin without scraping off a lot of the skin which is very thin. Oh, another helpful note: Do NOT run in the kitchen with an open tin full of sardines and juice – unless you want a very fishy floor!

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