I saw sardines at the Tesco fish counter. I’ve never bought sardines before in England and they seemed remarkably cheap. I bought 6-8 medium sized sardines for about 68p.
I took them home and cursed myself for not having asked the fishmonger to cut and scale the fish. Having gutted and scaled the fish I then de-boned them before cooking them. I tried to do this with a knife, as I had seen on TV and failed horribly, achieving two thin slivers of fillet and 90% wasted fish! I tried again, this time using just my fingers, the bones came away as I ran my thumb down the spine. The skeletons came away complete.
I then mixed some chili peppers with olive oil, salt and pepper and rubbed the fillets in the marinade, then fried.
The result was good but disappointing, the sardines had very little flavour and I assumed they must have been frozen or somehow drained of taste. I ate the sardines with couscous mixed with cherry tomatoes, red onion, ginger, seasonings and lemon juice. Very satisfying.