Fish appetizer plate

These days I am very concentrated on work. I am trying to get together a job market paper for when I will be looking for a job this summer and I am loosing pieces everywhere. I am just not able to retain any info that is not job market paper related. It’s like living in a daze in which days go by and I have not managed to get anything done other than worry about job market paper.

Even cooking has taken a bit of a back step. I am still eating at home mostly, so I throw stuff together, but is never something well thought out or planned. And a lot of times I feel in a daze even when I am cooking, forgetting stuff on the stove or not getting to cooking until well past 8.

So when guests come over, I have to throw something together that doesn’t involve cooking too much, having a well stocked fridge but it is still somewhat reminding them of the fact that I am a decent cook. So this weekend I threw together a fish plate for an appetizer.

I used stuff from the pantry. Herrings from IKEA, sardines and anchovies preserved in olive oil from the middle eastern store and homemade pickled cucumbers. If you are a bit better at planning than me, you could also make some cured salmon and pumpernickel bread to go with the plate.

But, trust me, even if it is just stuff out of a jar, your guests will be impressed!

Fish plate


    • Anchovies
    • Pickled herrings
    • Pickled herrings with mustard sauce
    • Butter
    • Sun dried tomatoes
    • Preserved sardines

Pickled cucumber

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • chive


  1. Prepare the pickled cucumber. Thinly slice the cucumber and mix it with the sugar, the vinegar and the chive. Let rest for 15 min or so.
  2. Get a nice platter and artistically arrange your sardines, anchovies, herrings, tomatoes and cucumbers.
  3. Cut the butter in flakes and add to the platter with a bit of chive.
  4. Serve to your guest with crackers, instructing them to have the butter with the anchovies, the tomatoes with the sardines and the herrings with the cucumbers.

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