Thursday, May 26, 2011

Go Fish!

Fish - it has to be one of the oldest sources of protein on the planet.  It's one of those safe foods in pretty much every religion (unlike MY favorite meat, called "any type of pig").  Yes, most of it here in the US contains traces of mercury but overall it's still far healthier than red meat.

And yet I still didn't fully embrace it until a few years ago, when Brian and I were married.

Brian really likes fish, even the non-salmon types (salmon was the only fish I could tolerate most of my life).  I've always liked seafood, and living in Wisconsin you'd think it was written in the state charter that I HAD to eat fish - around here, you got da Friday fish fry, ya know!  Cripes, I tink everyone in da area goes out fer fish on Fridays, 'specially during Lent when ya can't have meat on Fridays (for the uninitiated, I live in a VERY Catholic region and one of their dietary laws is no meat on Fridays during Lent.  Hence, the Friday fish fry.  Do you like my Wisconsin accent, hey?).

The cats can have their tuna, as far as I'm concerned!  :D
Perhaps this is another regional thing, but we had a lot of casseroles (or for some, "hot dish") growing up.  Heck, I still make one at least twice a month.  The most common casserole around here is tuna casserole.  Not in my house - my parents changed it to (canned) ham casserole because of my aversion to (canned) tuna.  EWW.  I STILL can't eat it - the only other food I enjoy less than (canned) tuna is lima beans.  So if you ever want to kill me, just cook me a (canned) tuna-lima bean casserole; I will die of starvation.  :D  (Notice the parenthetical "canned" in front of tuna - that's because I could eat tuna steak any day of the week. I'm just prejudiced against the canned stuff!)

But apparently I'm in a minority!  Just look at these marvelous labels for all sorts of canned fish!  What cracks me up is how utterly unappetizing the tuna looks - if these companies were trying to convert anyone to eating canned fish they'd have to do better than that!  :D  Granted, these are all from the 50s and 60s, so the printing technology wasn't quite there yet.  But I love them all the same.  They're quite wonderful in their primitiveness, aren't they?

And I LOVE using them in my artwork!  There are so many different ways you can use them and not just for fish-themed artwork, either, although admittedly that's what I did.  :D

For these pieces I used the labels for the frames!  :D

P.S.  Don't forget to sign up to win a bottle of Citra Solv!  You have until 5 p.m. CDT tomorrow (Friday) night!

1 comment:

  1. I only like rainbow trout - not even brook trout! I agree about the labels for tuna, too. I love the bowls & things they make in South Africa - covered with herring labels!....I love your frames - so cool!