As I wrote earlier this year, after a long break, I've started eating canned sardines again. (Dieter's tip: a whole can is surprisingly modest in calories, too. A can on a couple of those corn or rice disk things can come in at about 200 calories - or one meal if you are doing the 5/2 diet and spread your 600 calories evenly over 3 meals.)
But I am upset with Aldi. After languishing in the cupboard for many months, last week I found a can of "sardine sprats" from Germany via Aldi, and they were smoked and extremely delicious. (Unlike your more routine sardines in oil, or tomato sauce. Actually today I had a can from Portugal in a chilli sauce which was quite nice. I generally don't care for the tomato sauce versions, though.)
But, as with their smoked mussels from Germany, Aldi no longer stocks these sprats. In fact, there are no German produced canned seafood there at all. The nearest I found was something from Poland. (Herring, I think.) But most of their stuff is now either Thailand or from the extremely dubious food processing standards of China. (I refuse to buy such Chinese products.)
I don't know where I could find smoked sprats like the German ones again. Perhaps I need to visit a few more Mediterranean delis around South Brisbane/West End. Perhaps a reader from Melbourne might locate some, and could arrange a parcel to Brisbane?
Update: hey, someone has already written "The Sardine Diet". Dang.