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Sardines

I have a drawer in my desk in which I keep things like paper napkins, plastic forks and spoons, a can of coffee, a bag full of condiments like those little mayonnaise and mustard packets and salt and pepper things that they give you with take out, a bottle of Valentina hot sauce and another of olive oil, a can of peanuts or cashews. I also always keep a can or two of sardines, or mackerel, or octopus.

The other day I had a baguette, so I popped open a tin or sardines and that was lunch. "Delicious," I thought to myself, and the best part is dipping the bread in the olive oil. For some reason, I hadn't eaten sardines in ages.

I told my wife (who is always asking me to take fish oil supplements - which I never do) - that I had had my fish oil supplement!

While canned sardines are good, you are lucky if you have tried large, fresh sardines cooked on the grill. I have, in Spain and in France, and it is something else! Especially when washed down with liberal amounts of good red wine. I drink more white wine than red wine, and in general fish seems to go better with white, but in my opinion, sardines call for red wine.

Anyhoo, I enjoyed my canned sardines so much that I decided to eat another tin the next day. Strangely, the enjoyment wasn't as intense, and it will probably be another couple of months before I eat sardines again.

Is this what is known as "the law of diminishing returns"?

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