Ginisang sardinas (sauteed sardines) reminds me so much of my childhood. We didn’t have much when I was growing up. And since a can of sardines was cheap, we would have ginisang sardinas often. I used to tease my mother just how much sardines I needed to eat before I grew scales. “Bakit? Ayaw mo bang maging sirena?” (Why? Don’t you want to become a mermaid?) she would ask me. Then we would laugh. In those days, we couldn’t afford fancy meals, but we laughed a lot and things didn’t seem so bad.