I posted this picture in Facebook. I was a bit surprised that a few people commented, most of them saying na nakakatakam yung sardines. Must be the color of sauce, which contrasted well with the green sili leaves.
We had a late lunch last Saturday, and come 9 pm, just when I was contemplating on not cooking dinner anymore, TheHusband and Sharkteeth asked for one. Eto na yung pinakamabilis lutuin, and being the improvisation queen, I used whatever ingredient that I can find sa ref.
1. Chop an onion and two tomatoes. I made the bits a a little chunky. Lightly heat some olive oil. Sauté, putting the onions first and adding the tomatoes when the onion turned translucent.
2. I drained the oil from the can and added the sardines to the onion and tomatoes.
3. I added a squeeze of lemon juice, sili leaves, and freshly ground black pepper.
4. I realized that the sliced black olives left from another recipe is nearing expiration date and I added them as well. And I'm glad I did. Napasarap pa nya lalo.
It was very simple and easy to do -- didn't take more than 10 minutes. And the olive oil and black olives gave another dimension (whoa! pretentiousness alert!) to the dish and lent a sweetish-salty flavor.
*The name was suggested by a former officemate. I wouldn't know for sure if the altas even eat sardines.