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Salmon and Guava Stacked Salad with Horseradish Raita and Tamarind Dressing

Salmon and Guava Stacked Salad with Horseradish Raita and Tamarind Dressing

This salad embodies me on a plate. It takes childhood experiences and intersects them with South Asian flavours and ingredients. Each bite is a redefinition of the journey towards home.

Born and raised in Kamloops, the Adams River salmon run was a huge part of the field trip experience of my elementary school years. I admit at the time, I was dismissive of nature. My naive approach to life didn’t really understand the connection to nature. Something so far removed from now, when I am constantly humbled and fascinated by it. The cyclical nature of the salmon run hits a nerve; the no end and no beginning is poetic.

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Everyday
Finger Lickin’ Fried Chicken

Finger Lickin’ Fried Chicken

From the grease on your fingers to the crumbs on your lips, fried chicken can evoke childhood memories from almost anyone. Even me. Sometimes I have a fried chicken craving from my youth. Unfortunately, my family were not, by nature, fried chicken eaters. At the Lehail house, KFC was the be-all end-all of special occasions. Buckets of chicken — with its famous blend of 11 herbs and spices — along with coleslaw, macaroni salad, fries, and biscuits, made appearances on occasions like New Year’s Eve/Day. Relatives and family friends were prerequisites.

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Everyday
Watermelon and Peanut Chaat Salad

Watermelon and Peanut Chaat Salad

Deep inside, I know that fall has officially arrived. The weather is chilly and pumpkins and apples are everywhere. But my mind — my heart, and stomach — aren’t quite ready to let go of summer. They never really are.

The upside of these warmish October days is that my parents’ garden still has tomatoes. Yes, delicious roma plums. They don’t taste as juicy and delicious as say in August, but they help to console my longing for summer produce. During the hot days of August, the tomatoes are deep red, juicy and intense in flavor. There are Beefsteaks, Roma Plums, Grape, Cherry, and so many Heirloom varieties. Each has their own flavour and personality. They are a tomato lover’s proverbial heaven.

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Boldly Spicy Tamarind Ribs

Boldly Spicy Tamarind Ribs

I have clear memories of barbeque season. You see, growing up, we lived in a city with scorching summer heat — barbequing was a necessity. It was a newfangled way to spend time, especially with the cousins, aunts, and uncles always dropping by on weekends. My parents were consummate hosts, so using our backyard for entertaining, helped break up the monotony. I have to give them credit for trying their best to emulate Canadian traditions (within reason) – they wanted us to experience some form of Canadian normalcy.

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