Both of my parents come from Romania, and although I was born in Montreal, and never really learned more Romanian than “Hello, how are you”, “Kiss my ass” and “Leave him alone, Mother”, I still consider it a fundamental part of my identity. I can easily pick out Romanian being spoken in a crowd (even if I can’t understand it), and grew up eating and sharing Romanian food with my family.
Tonight, with our Table Talk guest being the lovely Ksenija Hotic, who will be speaking about Bosnian food and the immigrant experience, I thought I’d dig into my own Baltic roots and invite my Dad down to help me make a big batch of one of his favourite classic Romanian dishes, Varză Călită (stewed cabbage with smoked pork hocks). It will be served up in true Romanian style, along side a big helping of mamaliga (soft yellow corn polenta), topped with sour cream and crumbled feta cheese, with a bit of cucumber and dill salad on the side.
#GF #vegan option available
7pm – TABLE TALK: Ksenija Hotic
Len Senater is the founder and proprietor of The Depanneur, who happily cooks for his friends and neighbours every Tuesday night.
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