Good afternoon, Everyone.
It’s a gloomy and wet Thursday. These are the kind of days when I’m lost in nostalgia. I fixed myself a sardines + egg baguetti for a much-needed dose of childhood sentimental affair.
Iberia or Marock’s canned sardines is an unforgettable food that I associate significantly with my childhood, notably when I grew up in Vietnam.
My mom put canned sardines and baguettes on the dining table once a week, preferably on a weekend as breakfast or lunch and sometimes as dinner. (I actually looked forward to it because my mom wasn’t a very great cook. Hope she doesn’t read this). On good days, my mom fried some sunny side-up eggs to jazz up the meal. I laid out sheets of newspapers on the floor (we didn’t have a dining table in our small one bedroom) for ease of cleaning. On top of the newspaper would be two cans of sardines (which cost us less than ten cents, fed our family of 4), a few eggs and some baguettes.
It wasn’t a fancy expensive meal, but it was surely a palatable and memorable meal.
Oh, one addition ingredient that we would never leave out was the Maggi, the best seasoning soy sauce one could ever taste.
On one side of the baguette was the runny yolk of the egg, where it met with a few drops of Maggi atop a sprinkle of freshly grounded pepper. On the other, a piece or two sardines soaked in tomato sauce. When folded together, the taste and flavor were unbelievably sensational.
This is not the only way to eat Marock’s canned sardines, but it’s still my favorite way.
What’s your nostalgic food affair?
Have a beautiful day!