You can still buy it today, but especially in the 1960s and 1970s cheap lumpfish caviar was very popular in Germany as a substitute for the hideously expensive sturgeon caviar. For that touch of mock luxury in your home.
I got hold of a 1970 recipe brochure issued by Christensen, a major producer of German caviar featuring some astonishing combinations.
‘Hamburg Welcome’ – Slices of liverwurst topped with caviar and served on Korn (grain spirit) shot glasses.
‘Caviar bread how the Danish like it’ – With an egg yolk placed inside of a tomato ring
‘Astronaut food (after landing)’ – With minced pork, probably for Danish astronauts.
‘Party platter Piroska’ – Vegetable salad with eggs, splattered with a load of caviar mayonnaise
‘Festive Caviar Bomb’ – Mixed with butter and horseradish, cooled in a mold
‘Caviar Collier Necklace for the Fist Lady’ – With chopped eggs, the unavaoidable pimento-stuffed olives and tomatoes
‘Beef tenderloin Peter the Great’ – A rather wicked interpetation of Surf and Turf