Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Sustainable Silver Tide

Riley and I were just working on his history report about Monterey County; he opted to write about the sardine industry, when Cannery Row was literally a row of canneries, and about the purse-seiner the Geraldine-Ann. When he came across the term 'the silver tide', he didn't understand what it meant. So, I decided to open up a can of sardines for dinner. He looked at the glistening skin and said, "Oh, Mommy, I get it. There were so many sardines in the water that they looked like a silver wave." Exactly right.

Sardines, according to the Seafood Watch put out by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, are now "abundant and healthy" and are labeled: Best Choice. Great. The boys love them.

I served these over cooked barley with a turnip sunomo over fresh spinach. And we talked about how the sardines were overfished before and how they are being managed better these days.

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