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Let’s Do Lunch!

Fresh spring dishes to lure friends to your table

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    In springtime, there are plenty of reasons to host a lunch party. Spring garden vegetables are beginning to peak. The days are getting longer. And having good friends to lunch is as good a reason as any other—especially after a few years of lockdown.

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    If you’re a little rusty or you’re new to hosting friends for lunch, then we have some tested and true recipes that’ll ignite your imagination. Plus, each provides variations depending on your dietary needs or preferences. The trick to hosting is not to overcomplicate your menu with too many sides.

    In our feature is a list of helpful tips that’ll keep you focused. From ambience and décor to food prep tips, we’ve got you covered. While sipping, laughing, and eating together will lift your spirits after seasons of restraint, these recipes will wow the tastebuds.

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      Tandoori Salmon Tacos with Spicy Lime-Pickled Radish and Onion
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      Tandoori Salmon Tacos with Spicy Lime-Pickled Radish and Onion

      For this cross-cultural take on tacos, sockeye salmon is marinated with yogurt and a fragrant but mild tandoori-style spice full of the warm flavours of cumin, coriander, nutmeg, and cardamom. After grilling, omega-3-rich salmon is enclosed in a warm corn tortilla and topped with spicy Mexican-style radishes and red onion pickled with lime juice and jalapenos for a kick of heat.

      Toast your spices

      Toasting whole spices will give you superior fragrance and flavour. If you’re new to this process, try it with some whole coriander and whole cumin. Toast a small amount of each separately in a hot pan until seeds begin to pop and smell fragrant. Remove from heat and allow seeds to cool slightly, then grind using a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder dedicated to this purpose. After grinding, measure out the amount required for the recipe and save the rest.