You can buy these lovely fresh sardines from E.Leclerc the French supermarket really cheaply for less than 5 euros per kilo. Absolutely delicious just pan fried on one of those ridged pans.
This was the first time I’d cooked sardines, since then I’ve got better at removing the bones! Really simple meal with crusty bread and local white, slightly fizzy, Gaillac Perlé wine. Here’s a link to the wine for a good description of what that tastes like: