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BC Strawberries

Many BC fields are bursting with strawberries right now. 
We asked listeners for their favourite ways to eat strawberries... and we got a lot of ideas, both sweet and savoury. We'll speak with Bobby Lax, a chef and community food coordinator for theTofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild. That's just after 7:30 am on Sunday.

Here is Chef Lax's recipe for Poached Spring Salmon Salad with B.C. Strawberries, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, garden fresh nasturtiums and an orange sherry vinaigrette

Orange Sherry Vinaigrette
Step 1: Zest and juice 1 orange
Step 2: Add 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp grainy mustard
1 shallot
Salt and pepper
Step 3: Now slowly whisk in 3/4 cup good olive oil

For the Salad
Step 1: Toast in oven at 375 degrees for 6-9 min ┬╝lb hazelnuts
Step 2: Roughly chop the hazelnuts once toasted and set aside
Step 3:  Remove the green tops and cut in half
1/2lb of strawberries
Step 4: Salt and Pepper generously on 4 5oz pieces of salmon
Step 5: In a wide bottomed pot bring up to a very gentle simmer
2L Fish stock or salted water
Step 6:  Turn stock or water down to just under a simmer and place fish gently in the pot in a single layer making sure they are covered by the liquid
Step 7: Cook fish in liquid for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the portion.  When ready it should flake easily with a fork
Step 8:  Arrange on 4 plates 2-3oz of a hearty mix of nutritional/salad greens
(Chef's note:  Make sure to buy a sturdy mixture of salad greens that will still stand up in the bowl rather than withering at the sight of a cooked piece of fish.  These are best found at farmers markets and can include more traditional braising greens like baby kale or swiss chard.)
Step 9:  On top of the greens place your piece of salmon and the strawberries. 
Step 10: Then add large flecks of B.C. goat cheese like Salt Spring Islands "flower chevre"
and nasturtium flowers
Step 11:  Dress each salad with a couple of spoonfuls of dressing and then top with hazelnuts
Step 12:  If this is a brunch, lunch or dinner enjoy this meal with a chilled glass of B.C. Rose, which in its best form can smell like strawberries in a glass.

Crab and Strawberries.

2 avocados cubed
1 english cucumber
2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 can of crab meat
juice of 2 limes
olive oil
salt and pepper

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