Friday Flotsam

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I’m diving face first into an impending tinned fish obsession.

You’re like, “I do not understand that sentence, nor do I want to.”

Tinned fish. I’m getting into it. First of all, why wouldn’t I? Second of all, you do know what I’m talking around, right? There will be a small percentage enthusiastically nodding and sloshing coffee on their sleeve, and a much, much larger percentage with furrowed brows and a sour mouth turned down at the corners on the verge of x-ing out.

Tinned fish! I already love anchovies and sardines. But I really want to broaden my tinned fished horizons and explore things like mackerel and herring and any other weird oily thing I can get my hands on. I already bought the mackerel and herring (which are called kippers! look at me just knowing that.) the other day at the store and am waiting for the right time to crack it open. Maybe on toast with some fresh ricotta? Give me ideas!

Look, tinned fish is having a moment, and I want in. I feel like I see it in the corners of prettily styled pages of new cookbooks I have. It might be considered more of a summer food, but I do not care. I want loads of stylishly packaged tins with brass and silver pullbacks, revealing an organized salty treat.

Do you eat tinned fish? What’s your favorite, and how do you eat it? I feel like opened-faced on toasted crusty bread with a nice baked cheese would be nothing but perfection.

Wait, why are you looking at me like that?

Can we talk about stocking stuffers real quick? Just real quick. Super quicksie.

I gotta be honest, it’s my favorite part of Christmas. (right next to the tinned kippers with melted camembert I plan on inhaling on Christmas Eve.) This is what happens every year: I’ve completely wrapped my Christmas shopping, but those dern stuffers just get me. I’m not complaining. I love it. But this is the thing. I keep buying for my own stocking. A vitamin C serum, tinted lip balms, silk sleep masks, a glow sheet mask – I can’t stop! It’s the best part.

What’s in your stocking? (<–said like all the Capital One commercials) But I’d love to know in case I want to piggy back on any fun nibbles.

I SHOULD PUT TINNED FISH IN MY STOCKING. Unopened, of course. You guys.

What else what else! What’s cute and small and fun and darling and stuffery? (I’ve had a lot of coffee) We still have a week. Plenty of time!

Okay, we all know that You’ve Got Mail is a mandatory Christmas movie. But listen to THIS. Last night I was perusing this list of the Top 65 Christmas movies ever, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen NOR HEARD OF The Shop Around the Corner.

What! What is this brilliance?? It says – replace letters for emails and Jimmy Stewart for Tom Hanks and that’s what you get. I AM SO IN. I might actually need a double feature this weekend. Both movies back to back. It’s really the only way to do this right.

And while we’re at it, help me stack on some other vintage Christmas movie ideas. So far I’ve got Christmas in Connecticut, Holiday Affair and The Bishop’s Wife. OBVIOUSLY It’s a Wonderful Life – but tradition at this house is Christmas morning over hot coffee and tearing through presents. What am I missing? Besides a plate of tinned mackerel with shallots and lemon?

I have an announcement to make!

I’m trying joggers again in 2022.

2021 yielded only confusion, half laughs, and a lot of, “Are they supposed to billow out right there? That can’t be right.”

Didn’t work out.

But I’m trying again.

Thanks for being there for me.

Weekend plans?

You guys look what I just found!! SEE? I have to get this. Think it will fit in my stocking?

Anyway – plans? I’ve got so little it makes me positively giddy. Today I have errands, but like, fun errands. I want to pop into a used book store and scout the kids section for last-minute ideas. And maybe get another holiday book for me because I’ll be finishing The Christmas Bookshop this weekend and I only have one more after that! ALSO – we need to think about books to start our new year. Let’s chat on that soon. Or now. Or never. I’m breezy!

From this week, in case ya missed it::: OH – our power was out yesterday, so the salmon that I planned on getting you has now been bumped for Tuesday. But if you didn’t see these Chocolate Pizza Rolls then I implore you to

I just bought the book. I couldn’t not.

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S December 17, 2021 at 8:01 am #
    Holiday Inn is a must. You’ve Got Mail was a remake of Shop Around The Corner and both are great. Little Women
    • Bev Weidner December 17, 2021 at 8:04 am #
      Little Women is on the list for this weekend! Holiday Inn - yes!
  2. Sue December 17, 2021 at 10:18 am #
    I grew up with sardines on saltine crackers and Herring in cream sauce. Can’t say as an adult I’ve ever bought it. I can take it or leave it unless you can convince me otherwise!
  3. Sandy December 17, 2021 at 10:48 am #
    Good Light candles are going into the stockings this year. I’m not big on scented products of any kind, but these are subtle, and lovely, non-toxic. Also, books. Always books.
  4. Kris Brown December 17, 2021 at 11:00 am #
    Smoked Trout at Trader Joes is amazing!
    • Stephanie December 18, 2021 at 12:23 am #
      Story time. Our monthly discussion group was coming over and I found a dreaded rotten potato just prior and threw it out and thought I had gotten rid of the accompanying smell. Once the guests came with their food offerings I was in the kitchen corking the wine and smelled more of the rotten potato. I searched everywhere and was so embarrassed. As they came in for food and drink, I apologized for the offending smell. One of the ladies was in front of the kipper snacks that one of the guests had brought and started laughing. It was the kipper snacks that smelled like turned potatoes. That's all I can think of when someone talks about tinned fish. ?
      • Bev Weidner December 18, 2021 at 6:57 am #
        No waaaay!! Hahaha, I'll have to report back if mine has any jank scents. Now I'm nervous. ;)
    • Theresa king December 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm #
      I agree! Totally amazing!
  5. Janet O. December 17, 2021 at 11:11 am #
    Oh my gosh you and your family have to have a “The Santa Claus with Tim Allen” movie marathon. We kids still love them and they are in their 20s now lol.
  6. Jennie December 17, 2021 at 11:12 am #
    It Happened On Fifth Avenue is another great OLD Christmas movie!
  7. Gretchen December 17, 2021 at 11:24 am #
    "It Happened on 5th Avenue" and "The Bishop's Wife" are good oldies. And then there's "Muppets Christmas Carol"!
  8. Diane December 17, 2021 at 11:48 am #
    White Christmas is a must for me every year, along with The Homecoming (the original), Miracle on 34th Street, and IAWL on Christmas Eve. Two newer faves are One Magic Christmas and A Season for Miracles - if you haven't seen either of these, find them and watch them!!! Do it!
    • Emily J December 20, 2021 at 2:46 pm #
      Bev please watch White Christmas!!!? my mother and I have been watching it together every year since I was little. So about 30 years. ? We now include my daughters and my sister-in-law in our annual White Christmas night. We eat pizza and homemade Christmas cookies. We can quote the entire movie and sing all the songs. But it never gets old!
  9. Erica Engberson December 17, 2021 at 12:32 pm #
    Bachelor Mother with Ginger Rogers is adorable and I’ll be Seeing You with Ginger and Joseph Cotten is lovely but a bit more somber. Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. I adore Holiday Affair!! And this is random but I always watch this 90’s Nic Cage movie Trapped in Paradise. It’s makes me laugh. Also the Good Old Sunnertime is the first remake of Shop Aroubd the Corner with Judy Garland! Ok that’s all I got - enjoy your fun errands! And I definitely will be shopping for my stocking stuffers now haha
  10. Laura T. December 17, 2021 at 1:05 pm #
    I love sardines in tomato sauce, add chopped onion, diced tomatoes, maybe a squeeze of lemon, and eat on a saltine. My dad would share them with me, I still love them today.
  11. Jess December 17, 2021 at 1:29 pm #
    The Apartment is on my watch list for this season! I've heard wonderful things about it.
  12. Deanna Wells December 17, 2021 at 3:43 pm #
    I am resoundingly a tinned fish person. My favorite combinations are: Herring + sour cream + horseradish + dill + cucumber slice on Ryevita crackers (or rye toast) Sardines in olive oil (drained) + avocado + lemon juice + dijon mustard on toast Anchovies + ricotta + caramelized onions on toast Smoked oysters on a Triscuit (we always ate this camping with my grandma) Every time I'm in the US I buy a ton of the Trader Joe's smoked trout because I think it works with everything. I bought a tin of Dace in Black Bean sauce at the Chinese market that is apparently amazing, but I didn't have a chance to try it before moving. (I read about it on Woks of Life and Taste Cooking so I have high hopes for it)
  13. Melanie Carter December 17, 2021 at 5:42 pm #
    You are my internet sister! I love tinned fish and when I eat sardines my husband says I remind him of an old sailor with food in his beard. lol I prefer savory snacks over sweets. Drizzle some sesame oil and Sriracha over them for an Asian twist. Happy Holidays Bev!
  14. marnie December 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm #
    I must watch Christmas With The Kranks every season. It stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Just makes me happy.
    • Bev Weidner December 18, 2021 at 6:57 am #
      Yes that's on the list as well! Would you believe I've NEVER SEEN IT?
  15. Danielle December 18, 2021 at 5:55 am #
    Holiday Inn is a classic but you also forgot the Family Stone (not vintage, just a classic)! I know you didn’t forget forget. Just forgot to write it.
    • Bev Weidner December 18, 2021 at 6:56 am #
      Oh oh oh - see Family Stone is in a whole different category! I did a whole post about it. :) I'm talking like, black and white VINTAGE movies. Believe me, Stone will get watched! :)
  16. Sarah December 20, 2021 at 6:34 am #
    You HAVE to watch Desk Set. New York workplace holiday Rom Com with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and lots of tinsel!!
  17. Nicole December 21, 2021 at 10:45 am #
    PACT...... Draped joggers. $65..... Organic, soft and buttery.
  18. Abby January 5, 2022 at 11:44 am #
    SCOUT's canned Ontario trout with dill- simply the best

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