Sardines with Mint & Lime

And a beautiful life we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done — done, see you! — under that sky there, every day.

– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Now that my food bucket list has finally been published, I’m officially back to blogging. I desperately needed a break to do other things. What did I do? Not much really. Did I play the piano non-stop? No. During my first few days I was away in Madrid. Then when I got back I got the flu. Summer flus are so inappropriate and boring. Even trying to sit up playing the piano made me dizzy. The worst thing is that all the progress I had done jogging every few mornings just disappeared. Now I feel like I’m back to zero, and what’s even worse, when I do go jogging, my lungs just can’t keep up.

The good news is that even though the actual jogging action somewhat feels like torture, the night before I surprisingly look forward to my next morning jog. Never in my life did I ever think I would look forward to morning jogs. I must be possessed or something…

What I did do in my break, once my flu was more or less over, and when it wasn’t any working day, was just relaxing on the beach reading. I’m currently reading  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. That is one of the best things about summer. The other is eating ice cream.

What else? Yes, I did change the design on my blog again. There was nothing wrong with the other one – other than the fact that the texts were too huge for my true liking. I just fell in love with this design, that’s all.

Sardines with mint recipe

Sardines with Mint & Lime

The truth be told, I really think I had also put garlic in this recipe, but when I examine the photos of these sardines, I can’t see any tiny pieces of garlic anywhere. I would add a small clove of finely chopped garlic anyway, maybe next time.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

1kg sardines, 1 handful fresh mint, 1 lime, salt, white pepper, olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Arrange the cleaned sardines on a baking tray. Put in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Chop the mint and add to a small bowl. Add the juice of one lime, salt and white pepper. Add enough olive oil to cover it all. Stir.

Remove the sardines from the oven. Pour the mint and lime sauce over it.

The cleaning of the sardines was graciously done my Mr. H. I’m lucky that he does this dirty work for me.

Thank you Mr. H.!

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  1. Liz 2014-07-23 at 20:27

    sorry to hear you were sick! But jogging and Dickens and ice cream sound like a good way to recover 🙂

    1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 11:29

      Indeed they are good ways to recover 🙂

  2. Shamim 2014-07-23 at 20:28

    Sofia, the sardines looks so good! I miss eating sardines fresh from the sea. When I was growing up we visited Mozambique often and loved eating sardines fresh off the barbecue. So delicious!

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 18:11

      Oh yes Shamim, sardines are great off the bbq. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  3. Anna | One Prickly Pear 2014-07-23 at 20:30

    Love the new design! I must admit I am not a big fan of sardines after years of being forced to eat them. This recipe looks quite interesting, though. Maybe it’ll be the recipe that rekindles my love for sardines 😉

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 18:12

      Thanks Ana! I think the mint gives the sardines some “refreshment” so who know, you might like to try it 🙂

  4. Sunny 2014-07-23 at 22:20

    Aww so sorry to hear about your flu! Those are the worst! I don’t think I have ever cooked sardines and I’m not sure why! This recipe does look nice and refreshing tho!

    1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 11:28

      Thankfully I think I’ve recovered now 🙂 Well sardines do have a reputation for their smell, but in the oven with with the windows/doors open, there was no problem really…

  5. Bunny Eats Design 2014-07-23 at 23:14

    Hope you are feeling better today. I’m going to study your bucket list with a fine tooth comb 😀

    I love the Cocoa theme, I’ve been tossing up between Cocoa, Isola and your last theme, Illustratr. When you switch, do you have to do much fixing up to make sure the new theme works? I haven’t changed themes in so long, I hope it’s not much work.

    This is a gorgeous recipe and I bet really good for you too. Do you eat these with bread?

    1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 23:26

      Hi Genie! I ate these with bread and a salad 🙂
      Gosh, lets see what you say about my bucket list, I’ll get nervous 😉
      I liked the Isola theme too and was debating with that one, but I really liked the typography of the main text of this one, and the cool minimal asimetric layout of the Cocoa theme.
      I loved the Illustratr, which is what I had just before, but there was this box around it which just made everything smaller (though I CSSed it away, incase you ever want to do the same I figured the code!…). The annoying thing about changing to these new themes is this featured image business, but you might not even have that problem. I had them (and CSSed them away too in Illustratr, LOL) but I kept them here and went through each post to eliminate the “double” image….. That took a few hours. The Illustratr is so cool, but the other reason I changed away was that the texts were so big it got annoying, patronizing. And here’s an insider experienced thing: a strange thing is that if I put the font sizes to -1 or less, then when I tried to write a post, the texts there were so small I could hardly see them… If you do change, I can’t wait to see, I bet it will look amazing!

      1. Bunny Eats Design 2014-07-23 at 23:36

        Yes, there are always funny workarounds to get around the quirks of a theme. I’ve never upgraded to the custom design option (I know weird since I’m a designer), though I love the idea of doing so for colour and fonts.

        1. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 23:40

          And CSS! I’m sure if you upgraded, as you’re a designer your blog will look so amazing!
          Am off to bed now, I have to get up super early to catch a train to Madrid tomorrow again, round trip this time. Am looking forward to reading your opinion on the bucket list carefully when I can 😉

    2. Sofia 2014-07-23 at 23:31

      I forgot to say, if you love widgets, Illustratr will be a problem. Cocoa has visible widgets on the bottom and “invisible” on top (click the cross). Illustratrs are all “invisible”…

      1. Bunny Eats Design 2014-07-23 at 23:33

        Oh I LOVE widgets. I like how tidy Cocoa is and how easy the widgets are to access.

  6. Nandini 2014-07-24 at 01:32

    I miss eating these little thingy’s, where I live we don’t get them 🙁

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 18:13

      Really, you don’t get them? Why, do sardines not “live” there? Or people just don’t catch and sell them?

      1. Nandini 2014-07-26 at 19:05

        I guess American’s haven’t figured that the small fish has a ton of flavor as we want all thing big 🙂

  7. Johnnysenough Hepburn 2014-07-24 at 02:16

    Like the new theme! I haven’t seen this one before. Wondering what the homepage is like, as it doesn’t show within its blurb. Not that I’m toying with the idea of changing themes again! I’ve only recently managed to edit every post to ‘sit’ better within the existing one. Believe me, I’ve had enough of editing. 🙂

    1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 10:21

      Hi Johnny! I’m glad you like it 🙂 The home page is just like the rest of the blog, (just click the header or Home). Oh I know what you mean by having to edit posts to fit with the new theme…

    2. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 11:35

      PS I adore how your blog looks now, so luminous, clean and colourful at the same time 🙂

  8. Ngan R. 2014-07-24 at 02:35

    I love sardines! I need to get my hands on some fresh sardines now. I usually just get the little ones packed in tins to quickly throw on salads. This recipe looks delicious. I hope you feel better. Sometimes when I’m sick, sweating it out really helps. That’s not a medical opinion, just me tricking myself into feeling better faster. 🙂 Hope you had some nice time off for yourself, sick or not.

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 18:15

      Great idea Ngan, to throw them in salads! I’ve been throwing them on pasta lately. I’ve never made a photo because I thrown them first into some tomato or herby sauce, then they disintegrate and you can’t really see the sardines, lol. I think sweating it out is a great idea (only the first days I was so lethargic I could hardly move!) xx

  9. dedy oktavianus pardede 2014-07-24 at 09:07

    Yupp, you won’t be fail with lime on fatty fish Sofia,
    try kaffir lime and you won’t regret it, trust me!!!
    Selamat makan….

    1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 11:24

      I’ll see if I can find it here!

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  11. pianolearner 2014-07-24 at 13:25

    I too like the new theme. I love sardines, we tend to buy tinned Cornish pilchards, which come from line caught boats. I love them on toast. I noticed your blurb says “miserable classical player”. I completely disagree!!!

    1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 11:25

      On toast sounds good too 🙂 Well my music taste is excellent as you know, but others think it’s sad and miserable 😉

      1. pianolearner 2014-07-25 at 12:35

        What do others know? you have impeccable taste!

        1. Sofia 2014-07-25 at 12:38

          They say: play something happier! The problem is, I don’t find it “sad”, I find it superb 🙂

  12. Fooodpost 2014-07-24 at 17:00

    The sardines look beeautiful!

  13. Guillermina Stover 2014-07-26 at 22:38

    The sardines look HEAVENLY! Gosh, how I miss Spain… Hope you are healing from your bout with the flu–yuck, I agree, getting flu in the summer is awful…

    1. Sofia 2014-07-26 at 22:56

      I’m fine now Guillermina, thanks! Yeah, one of the good things about Spain is the fish..

  14. Tala Ghalayini 2014-08-07 at 18:24

    sorry to hear that u were sick, but really happy ur enjoying jogging 🙂 also, very brave of you cooking fish – I often dread cleaning them, and then getting that fish smell out of the house! The hubby LOVES sardines though, so I’m hiding these beautiful images of urs before he notices and starts asking me to make some! haha

    1. Sofia 2014-08-07 at 20:19

      As you can guess, you are my main jogging inspiration!
      You can do what I do, get HIM to clean them 🙂

      1. Tala Ghalayini 2014-08-08 at 16:04

        Aww so sweet of u to say that! And yes, I’m working on it hehe – how did u convince Mr. H?

        1. Sofia 2014-08-08 at 16:06

          I don’t need to. He wants to eat sardines, I don’t want to clean them, so he just does it 🙂 Besides, he’s afraid my finger will slip through the slippery fish and I’ll cut myself, then I’ll be devastated if I can’t play the piano…

          1. Tala Ghalayini 2014-08-08 at 16:27

            Ouch! Definitely that would be a shame. I never learned but always wished I was musically talented. I think music is the common language of the world 🙂


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