Before my trip to London I had to go shopping for not-so-exciting things such as a new suitcase and a business card holder (where on earth are women supposed to put their business cards, I ask you, when their suits have no pockets?). It was a bit of a hassle to battle my way through the usual saturday morning-crowds with a suitcase in tow but at least I had plenty of room for everything I bought. At lunchtime I was utterly ravenous but I ignored the stalls selling sandwiches and kebabs because I had a firm idea for what I wanted to eat. I headed to the market, a delicatessen and then home as fast as I could and made
Herring and apples in sourcream (serves 2)
- half a jar of pickled herring with dill
- 1 small apple (I used Elstar, any crisp sweet-tart apple would work)
- a couple of tablespoons of sourcream
- salt, white pepper
- some radish sprouts (optional)
I cut the apple into smallish chunks, then combined all the ingredients and served the fish on slices of fresh sourdough bread and added some radish sprouts on top. It was a very filling and tasty lunch - far better (and healthier) than anything I could have grabbed on the go while in town. The herring is soft and its taste is very pronounced so the crisp apple pieces provide an interesting contrast both in taste and texture. Herring is fatty fish (don't let that put you off, it's acually a good thing as it contains the oh-so-good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids) so make sure you don't "overload" the dish - it's essential to use the lighter sourcream and not crème fraîche.
P.S. Please forgive me for the photo - I was so hungry I had to take a bite before I could take a picture.