It is spring, that time of year when the weather really can’t make up its mind. Even though the mountains are still blanketed in snow and the temperatures aren’t quite balmy, the valleys are melted out and the birds are back in town. Signs of warmth and newness are everywhere.


I recently ventured out for a spring picnic and brought along a can of Cole’s sardines in olive oil. Cole’s is a company that specializes in seafood: responsibly sourced, gourmet, and convenient, a delicacy meant to be enjoyed in a variety of ways and a variety of places. From sardines, to rainbow trout, to pate, Cole’s strives to balance sustainability and nutrition. See the instructions below for a simple way to savor seafood and spring, even if the weather is still a little tempestuous.



  • Stop by Genesis Kitchen for a can or two of Cole’s specialty seafood (or check out our selection online).
  • Head to your favorite outdoor spot, preferably near a river or lake.
  • Gather driftwood and branches.
  • Light a campfire, using the cardboard box from your can of Cole’s seafood as fire starter.
  • Vent your can of seafood by pulling up on the corner tab.
  • Sit cross-legged right next to the fire to stay warm, it’s still a bit chilly out there!
  • Nestle your can into the hot coals.
  • While waiting for the fish to warm, look up at the geese flying low overhead. Watch as they land on the water, with lots of honking and splashing.
  • Once the oil starts to bubble, carefully remove the can from the coals.
  • Set on a nearby rock to cool for a minute.
  • Peel the lid back completely.
  • Eat the warmed fish with crackers, or just your fingers.
  • Let the oil dribble down your chin and smear all over your hands. Be messy, that’s why you’re outside.