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Herring, and Egg on Your Face


So much fuss over a little fish.

But it is a very popular fish, especially on the tables of the UK and Germany. You can have it smoked or fried, or fried and served in tomato sauce, or pickled and rolled up into Rollmops. If you like fish, you probably love herring.

My mother told me that back in the days before WWII, a fishmonger was selling herring in the street, and he called out to the customers, “Herring! Herring! So fett wie der Goering.” (“Herring! Herring! As fat as Goering” [the commander-in-chief of the Nazi air force]). Since Goering’s name rhymed with the name of the fish, it caused a chuckle among the townspeople who came out of their houses to buy his fish.

But the Nazi bigwigs didn’t like to be made fun of so they arrested the fishmonger and put him in jail for two weeks.

When he was released, the fishmonger went back out onto the streets to sell his herring, calling out, “Herring! Herring! … As fat as … they were two weeks ago.”


Right now the local herring fishery is winding up and the cleanup begins.

Here is a photo of the beach area below our house where you can see the herring spawn turning the water close to shore a turquoise blue colour.

The seiners have caught their allowed quotas of herring and most have gone home.  There is still a lot of herring spawn (eggs) in the water, a lot of it stuck to seaweed and being washed up on the beach.

This is what the seagulls gorge themselves on.

The one on the bottom left has “egg on his face” but doesn’t seem to mind it. See the herring roe sitting on his beak?


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Author: wordsfromanneli

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26 thoughts on “Herring, and Egg on Your Face

  1. Wow, a big case of overproduction? Yay for the gulls cleaning up the beach, I love the watercolor offshore, beautiful. 😍🇨🇦

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  2. Looks like a nice feast for the seagulls. Great pictures, Anneli.

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  3. What a smorgasbord for the gulls! I like herring. Herrings in spicy tomato sauce? Yummy.

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  4. The circle of life. Love it when it works.

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  5. “Herring! Herring! So fett wie der Goering.”
    I love that. I’ve never heard that, though, from my parents. They must have had a different fishmonger.
    I still remember my childhood days when I was sent to our fishmonger to buy some herring. They had a big barrel with herring. Motther used to make her own herring salad.
    Here, I can get herring (pieces) in wine sauce. I eat that either just as it comes, or make “Hering Stipp Hausfrauen Art” with it, adding some apple, more onions, and mayonnaise or Mircale Whip. I like that with “Pellkaroffeln” = unpeeled potatoes boiled and peeled only afterwards.
    I’m glad that I can also get tinned herring, from a store in Wisconsin, btw.

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  6. I hope it was a successful run. It certainly would be for the gulls. Lovely shot offshore.

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  7. That’s a great story about the fish monger. Definitely got a chuckle out of me. I enjoy herring, but I’m glad the gulls get to nosh a little too. 🙂

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  8. I had to laugh at the fish monger. This post is nature in harmony, as it’s meant to be.

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  9. Nice pictures, I can smell the ocean and the fish!

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  10. Great photos and entertaining post! Love the colour of the water during the herring spawn.

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  11. The photos are really wonderful.

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