Last week marked the Hotic family’s arrival in Canada precisely 20 years ago. Ksenija Hotic, a photographer and fan favourite at the Dep, passed around childhood photos along with home-smoked sujuk and basturma (pastrami’s precursor) from her family in Rexdale. As everyone around the table sampled the meats and finished up their varză călită, she recounted what it was like growing up on their first farm back home in Ključ with her parents.
Her dad Dervis was and still is an avid fisherman and hunter, catching more fish than capercaillies these days (viz. Fiesta Farms vid). Dervis claims he owes his hunting skills to his lucky charm Ksenija.
It’s these very same friends who support her “Cookin’ it like a boz” ventures, formerly at TUM or here at the Dep: her Bosnian sarme (cabbage rolls) were featured in our February showcase and have been a favourite among Dep patrons for over 3 years.