“And really it was a wonderful tea. There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then sugar-topped cake. And when Lucy was tired of eating, the Faun began to talk. He had wonderful tales to tell of life in the forest.”
After sharing a favorite quote from The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, I thought that sharing a recipe inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia series would be appropriate as part of the For the Love of Food and Books series. For my “sardines on toast”, I developed a hot weather appropriate recipe (and frugal to be part of Pennywise Platter, which is up now), using fresh in season tomatoes and cucumbers, flavored with parsley, and lightened with lemon juice, and served with buttered toast and a big salad. The sardine salad was almost reminiscent of tabbouleh! It was perfect during a hot afternoon.
I served it all on a large platter for everyone to eat as they wished. You can eat the sardine salad with the green salad, or on the buttered toast. I did both. It was great! Sardines have just a slightly more fishy taste than tuna, so if you enjoy tuna you may enjoy sardines too. Plus, sardines are generally recognized as sustainable, as well as being low in mercury and high in Omega 3’s. I bought the Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the brand Wild Planet this time.
They were delightfully smoked. They also mentioned on the back of the package that sardines are a good source of not only Omega 3’s, but also vitamin B 12, selenium and vitamin D! And that they also contained the hard to find coenzyme, Q10. Sardines are a great, healthy choice and they are also a frugal choice too!
The quote comes from Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first in the series. The faun (Tumnus)) has just found Lucy wandering in Narnia and is planning on turning her over to the White Witch after lulling her to sleep with a full stomach of yummy food. If you’ve read the book, you know that he repents and lets her go free at the risk of his own life. But his wonderful tea was a special memory for Lucy who helps rescue him in the end. This was a favorite book series of mine when growing up and I truthfully can’t wait to read them aloud to Elena. They are written in a style that even young children can understand but with concepts and analogies that speak volumes to adults as well. Definitely a book series that the whole family can enjoy. This series deserves a place on everyone’s bookshelf and would make great summer read for children or adults.Meanwhile, enjoy your sardines and toast!
The secret to this salad is to have the sardines and vegetables cut into small cubes. My tin of sardines said that it gave 2 1/2 servings and we did stretch it out to feed all three of us for a light lunch (we had a snack before we had lunch), but I think a hearty appetite could easily eat the whole salad! I would say to plan on it serving two. To be grain free or gluten free, simply serve with grain free or gluten free bread or eat without the toast.
1 tin of smoked sardines (4-5 ounces), cut into small cubes
half of a tomato, cut into small cubes
half of a small cucumber, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons finely minced parsley
half of a lemon
Gently mix all of the sardines, tomatoes, and cucumbers, red onion and parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle the juice of the lemon over the whole salad, give a quick toss and serve with buttered toast and a big green salad.