Watch me eat pickled herring.

Previously: Watch me eat a Cadbury Creme Egg.

P.S. If there’s a food you want to watch me eat, leave a suggestion in comments.

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  1. Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Great. Now it’s 1am and I am craving pickled herring. THANKS, MICHELLE.

    (Cutest pickle face ever though.)

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

      YOU ARE WELCOME! And I was totally just eating this at, like, 11:48pm. So…yeah.

      • Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:03 am | Permalink

        Yes, but all the grocery stores are closed. :(

        • Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

          I found some at a convenience store once.

  2. Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    That was so gripping. And I’m not even kidding.

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      You are dying to try it. In your most secret heart, you are strangely attracted to pickled herring. You know it.

      • Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        I wasn’t sure from your faces if you were really enjoying it…I love the Pee Wee Hermanesk ‘ that was.. pickley’…. I like my herring with sourcream…

        • Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

          I really need to try it with sour cream. And as long as I have the sour cream out, maybe with some pierogis on the side.

  3. Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    We sell herring in wine sauce, pickled herring, and herring in sour cream at my work. I have always been curious about them, but weren’t sure how they were meant to be eaten. Now I know!

  4. Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    It won’t let me see it! Wah!

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      I have no idea what is up with that. Unless you’re in Germany.

      • Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        Why yes, I am, as it happens. um. why?

        • Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

          Because, for some random reason, the music I used is apparently not okay for people in Germany to listen to. (?) Random WMG restrictions via YouTube.

          I think Warner is out to make themselves to most hated record label, ever. And they’re doing a really good job of it.

          • Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

            Well, feh to them. *iscranky*

          • Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

            I’m going to try to directly upload it to my site. But it’s being fussy.

        • Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

          Reload and see if it works. I think I fix it :)

          Guh, nevermind. Still broken. But only for Germany!

  5. Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Being Jewish and of a certain age, this is one of my favourite foods! Thanks for reminding me that I need to go out and buy some!!!!

  6. Emgee
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Hellooooo, Gorgeous! But no, thanks.

  7. Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    It was so funny to watch your expressions specially on that first really big bite with the crackers.
    Is that a pickled fish? I don’t think this is really common in here, but I guess I’ve ate that fish in a russian restaurant once as a entree.
    Was it a little sour? lol

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it’s fish. And YES, it was very sour!

  8. Babs
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    OMG! I lurve pickled herring! Now I must go procure some for snacking pleasure later today! LOL!

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Despite the look on my face, I actually really like pickled herring. But it was maybe not the best choice of midnight snack.

      • Posted January 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

        I wanted to get you something to drink :) Can you believe I’ve never tried it? Maybe I will…

  9. Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I love your ‘watch me eat’ videos. It’s such a deliciously (pardon the pun) subversive act.

  10. Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    What a fantastic video! I need to go watch the Cadbury Creme Egg video, STAT.

    What’s the song playing? It brought a delightful whimsy to the snacking.

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      I put the name of the song on the end credit — it’s Lullaby of Birdland, performed by Les Blue Stars.

      • Posted January 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        Oops! Thanks. I’ll try to pay attention next time.

  11. shyvixen
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Don’t let your kitty see that video! My cat would be extrememly disapproving of me enjoying delicious puckled herring and not sharing. (:

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      I was SHOCKED that he didn’t wake up and start begging. He is a total panhandler for food.

  12. Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    This is fucking great. Also it’s been too long since I’ve seen your face and I need to invite myself for a visit soon.

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink


  13. Regina T
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    love love LOVE it! You make the cutest faces and the music was exactly the right accompaniment! More “Watch me eat…” videos please!

    And as for the pickled fish…..I make a MEAN pickled salmon every fall. We live in the Seattle area and take our boat out salmon fishing, spot shrimping, sturgeon fishing, and crabbing for most of the year. My father in law got me hooked on pickled (and his own smokehouse smoked YUM!) salmon. We first salt cure the fish for at least 2 weeks (usually a month) in buckets layered rock salt-salmon-rock salt-salmon-rock salt etc. Then we rinse them for a few hours and slice them into bite sized pieces. I then make a pickling sauce that includes pickling spice, brown sugar, and vinegar and layer the salmon in a mason jar with thinly sliced onions–salmon-onions-salmon-onions–and pour the sauce over the fish and onions, and twist on the lid. Voila! I’m in pickled salmon heaven for months! Most of my friends and neighbors won’t touch the stuff, but we just LOVE it! It’s perfect with crusty sliced bread or crackers, and makes a great quick lunch or snack full of protein that is truly satisfying and packed with crunch. Salmon season, here we come! :)

    • Posted January 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      This entire comment made me pee myself with jealousy.

  14. Eve
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Cute! Still can’t believe the kitty didn’t wake up as soon as the jar was opened! My cat knows when a yogurt container is being taken out of the fridge and will come running into the kitchen.

    As for “Watch Me Eat” suggestions, how about pain au chocolat? Or tacos.

    • Julia
      Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      TACOS! That would be awesome. And probably messy, which would make it fun.

  15. Posted January 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Hah! Roll-mops! That’s what my Dad calls Roll-mops, he’s from Germany. My little sister loves them, but I can’t stand fish. I can only stand tuna, and in small amounts. I don’t know why, I tried force-feeding myself some fish once (because I was paranoid about my iodine levels) and I nearly vommed.

    I think I much prefer the Cadbury Creme Egg vid, but you know, all these vids have a certain Nigella Lawson-esque glee of food in them.

  16. Posted January 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I suggest spaghetti and meatballs. Maybe you and your sweetie can get some Lady and the Tramp action going on! :)

  17. Posted January 23, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    I love these videos.
    This one feels especially ‘naughty’ because you’re eating out of the jar and I recall that as one of the things I was always cautioned against by parents, nutritionists, etc to help prevent my gluttony.

  18. Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I love this series! And I second the vote for something messy and fun. There’s a restaurant near me that makes an awesome nut burger with apples, blue cheese and carmelized onions… it squishes all over the place when you try to bite into it, but it’s delicious!

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Hmmm…messy. I like this idea.

      • Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

        How about tacos?

        • Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

          I realized after posting this that I may have made that suggestion already. It just popped into my mind in the context of ‘something messy’. :D

  19. Kathy
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    love this! So few can be so gorgeous eating pickled herring. I’m going to try some myself, sans camera, but likely with a cat or two in the room as well.

  20. Posted September 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I love these videos! If you want to make more videos, here are my suggestions:

    * a mille-feuille
    * poutine
    * maple taffy
    (all stuff from Quebec or the northeast, might be hard for you to get your hands on or make)
    * a peach
    * a croissant
    * a honeycomb
    * a lollipop, or cotton candy
    * an ice cream cone (with ice cream in it)

    • Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      Oooooo poutine! And Ontario peaches are fabulous right now. Hmmmm – thanks!

  21. Jerim
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Whenever I get homesick for you I watch this video and it always makes me laugh out loud. :0)

  22. Lisa
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Me and my fellow swedes eat pickled herring for almost every holiday (and sometimes just for lunch), but ours is often covered in a sauce: either sour creamy with herbs or mustardy. And always, always eaten with bolied potatoes.

    • Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard of the sour cream thing! It sounds amazing. I do like sardines in mustard sauce. I need to try all of these things with potatoes.

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