Herring with pickled vegetables

When everyone has finally moved from Christmas tables it is time to show what I had on mine. So let me start with one of my favourite and the most missed thing in Turkey - herring with vegetables. It is a must have dish on any Lithuanian table and everyone love it. To my great dissapointment my Turkish family don't like it as they don't like anything that is not actually cooked. Still it doesn't change my taste bugs.

What we need:

2-3 salted herrings
2 boiled carrots
1 onion
2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
a pinch of sumac or cinamon ( optional)

for marinate:

500 ml of water
1 teaspoon of salt
1,5 teaspoon of sugar
2 tbsp of white vinegar
2-3 peppercorns
1 bay leave

What we have to do:

1. Prepare the marinate. Boil the water then add sugar, salt and spices. When sugar and salt melts, add the vinegar. Mix it, turn it into boil and remove from the heat. Pour over cut carrots and onions. Leave until it cools.
2. Cut the herring into small pieces, place onto a serving dish. Add pickled vegetables, sprinkle some sumac and sunflower seeds on top. Serve cold.

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