…the big guys from Brittany or the small ones from Southern shores. I wouldn’t know any other food that was so ridiculously cheap and yet so incredibly delicious. Fry them – lightly coated – in a pan, and you’ll get a crunchy snack. Marinate them in vinegar and wine, and you’ll have an elegant apéro. Cook and grind them with lots of garlic, parsley and lemon juice, and you’ll produce a great spread for your small toasts or Italian style crostini. Grill them on a barbecue (brushed with strong French mustard), and say hello to deep summer feelings. Cook them in saké and miso, and they’ll bring a Japanese breeze to your table.
I had some tonight. And I admit, I was greedy, gourmand, as the French say. On a street market, I had not only found the great small fish but some spinach as well and some great mushrooms and so I improvised sort of a fast food dinner. Here you go (and feel free to find the recipe for the spinach salad here):