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A Little Fishy

April 17, 2018

Remember that old diet I used to talk about a lot?

Don’t worry. This isn’t about the diet per se. I’ve kind of let that slide, much to the detriment of my midsection. However, I’m still very much interested in healthful, delicious eating. At least that part of the diet remains lodged in my brain.

Which isn’t to say I’m not tempted to run out to Cheesecake Machismo right now. But instead of focussing on the foods to avoid, I prefer to think about all the foods I should be eating in moderation.

The goal is if I try to eat all the positive things I should, there will simply be no room for those amazing lobster tails at Villa Italia, or the doughnuts at Cider Belly. My old list of healthful foods included vegetables, heart healthy fats, unrefined grains, and fermented foods. One thing I really struggled to work into the diet was fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

I explored the wide world of sardines, and those were fine, but I never loved them. But just recently, I stumbled upon something in the tinned fish aisle at the grocery store that seems like the perfect food. But it can’t be.

Three words. Kippered. Herring. Fillets.

Now Mrs. Fussy is probably rolling her eyes right now at the thought that anyone might consider these to be a perfect food. I suspect she thinks they are oily and pungent like sardines.

But they are not.

They are light, smokey, and delicious. The sodium is a little on the high side, but it’s not outrageous. So far, the only way I’ve eaten them is straight from the tin on a variety of crackers. I’ve tried a couple different brands, King Oscar and Bar Harbor. I would buy both again.

Part of me thinks these could be used in place of hot smoked salmon in just about any cooked dish. Eggs, onions, and kippered herring? It’s on my list. This would go great on some arugula dressed with olive oil, and tossed with a few blue cheese crumbles, and Italian toasted hazelnuts.

Kippered herring is cheap. They are small fish, so you have less concern about PCBs and mercury than one would from larger fish. Their position on the food chain also makes them a more sustainable option. They are high in omega-3s. Plus herring is a good source of appetite satisfying protein.
A three ounce can has only 160 calories, and feels like a meal with a couple crackers.

Of course, I sometimes feel the need for some vegetables. The easiest answer for me is to grab a bit of kimchi from the fridge to wash it all down. Okay, that’s not for everyone. But neither is sipping vinegar, and I’ve also taken to that lately.

Getting back to the business at hand… it feels like there has to be something wrong with kippered herring that I’m just not seeing. But Bar Harbor even packages its product in a BPA-free container. Everything I’ve seen is a product of Canada. Maybe the Canadian fishing industry is evil? I mean, this can’t be the perfect food…or is it?

Anyone have the inside line?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. llcwine permalink
    April 17, 2018 10:19 am

    I remember my grandparents eating kippered herring, I may have to give it a try again.

  2. Pam C. permalink
    April 17, 2018 10:39 pm

    I know that many humane organizations recommend boycotting Canadian seafood, until they outlaw the cruel baby seal kills. It is mainly Canadian commercial fishermen who participate in these seal hunts during their off season.

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