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Serves 4
Preparation: 30 minutes

This light and absolutely delicious dish is destined to set you in the right mood in the wake of the Italian elections which could prove to be a game-changer in Europe.


1 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
650gr/1lb 7oz fresh sardines cleaned and scaled*
Grated rind of 2 lemons
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
Tomato, onion and chive salad to serve
4 thick slices ciabatta or other rustic bread
2 garlic cloves, halved
2 large tomatoes, halved

Preheat the grill to medium. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the chopped garlic and cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, until soft. For the bruschetta, lightly toast the bread on both sides under the preheated grill. Keep warm in a low oven.

Add the sardines to the frying pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning once. Sprinkle with the lemon rind and parsley and season to taste.

Meanwhile, to finish the bruschetta, rub one side of each slide of toast with the cut side of a garlic clove half, then with the cut side of a tomato half. Divide the bruschetta and sardines between 4 serving plates and serve immediately with a tomato, onion and chive salad.

*To clean the sardines, slit open the belly and remove the insides. Rinse and dry. To scale, hold each fish in turn by its tail under cold running water and run your hand along the body from tail to head until the scales are removed.


Food for thought


As long as the so-called pro-European/liberal/responsible governments (my foot) adopt undemocratic and oligarchic policies they can rest assured that a bunga bunga will always be spoiling their party. #amen