Saturday, 7 June 2014

My Canadian Voice

Over the past year I have participated in writing monthly posts with Valerie Lugonja from A Canadian Foodie in the Canadian Food Experience Project. I've really enjoyed each post because they made me think about what it is to be a Canadian food blogger.

Canadian food bloggers are more than just foodies. We reflect on what we've eaten and created, we spend time taking photographs of our work, and we share it with the world. Our posts are full of a wide range of delicious creations - farm fresh produce, local food heroes, gardening, preserves, and food from all cultures of the world. We are a pretty great bunch and I am proud to be one of us.

The recipe I am sharing today is a really quick recipe for a week night meal or even a lunch. And I think it sums up me as a Canadian food blogger. It's a Fresh Salmon Wrap and features locally caught salmon, a homemade corn relish from last year's BC corn, cucumbers from a local farm, spinach from my garden, and a whole lot of happiness.

Fresh Salmon Wrap - serves 4-8

4 salmon fillets, skin removed
1 tablespoon oil
2 tripe avocados
1 clove of garlic, mince
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber
1/4 cup corn relish, purchased or homemade
2 cups baby spinach
8 7-inch tortillas
Salt, to taste

1. Heat a frying pan and season the salmon with salt. When the pan is hot, add the oil and cook the salmon until just cooked through. Cut or tear into bite sized pieces and set aside.

2. While the salmon is cooking, make guacamole. Mash the avocados and the stir in the garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, and yogurt. Season to taste with salt. 

3. Use a veggie peeler to peel thin strips of the cucumber. Rotate the cucumber while you are peeling it so that you are left with just the inner seeds when you are done. 

4. Layer up your wraps. Start with spinach and then smear on a little guacamole. Add some salmon and cucumber, followed by corn relish. Wrap up your wrap and enjoy!

The Canadian Food Experience Project began on June 7 2013. As we (participants) share our collective stories through our regional food experiences,  we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity.

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