Last weekend BTL went to Iceland and, to be honest, we were shocked.
No, not the country, Iceland the supermarket.
Initially looking for refuge from the chaotic pre-lunch hustle, slightly dazed from our experience of Holloway Road and getting dangerously hungry, something caught our eye, hidden in a deep freeze amongst the Arctic Rolls, Chicken Twizzlers and Golden Drummers.
Woolly hats off to Iceland, who really have done better, gone way beyond expectations, and delighted us with their freshly frozen Cornish Sardines straight from the North-East Atlantic. No nasty bits, just meaty fish on the bone, whole in a tray. Whack ‘em under the grill or on the barbie for 15mins. Pinch of sea salt, squeeze of lemon, a few sprigs of thyme. Simple.
As you know, here at BTL we advocate the “less is more” principle. Our message to Iceland is simple: "Let’s have a bit less of six-pack Petey (Andre) and a bit more of 12-pack meaty (sardines)!"
So, off we went, Sardines in hand and a cheeky 1.8 litre tub of Neapolitan.
Iceland you’ve truly surpassed yourself! You might want to get some tips from Picard in France, they really do know how to do better with frozen food (although they could do better with their website).
PS: in case you do go to Iceland, and pick some up for yourself, here’s how to cook sardines from those Great British Chefs.