I love fresh sardines, but in their place -- outdoors. Grilled in the kitchen, they aromatise -- and not in a pleasant way -- the furthest reaches of your house. The worst of the smells come from the fats that burn under the fierce flame.
Cooking them in the oven limits the damage. Heat the oven, at its highest setting, for 30 minutes. Lay the sardines in a baking tin, season with salt and pepper, and put them on the top shelf of the oven. They will be ready in five to 10 minutes, depending on size.
Sardines for four cost me £3.10.