In honour of the first Canada Day that I will celebrate as a Canadian, and for those of you looking forward to the 4th of July weekend in America, I’ve assembled a round-up of the best 4th of July and Canada Day recipes at the Immigrant’s Table. It’s getting hot in here!
Amidst Brexit, Donald Trump and a growing fear of strangers, this is not an easy time to be an immigrant. I am thankful to look in my travel bag and find a shiny new Canadian passport – because I know that at least here, strangers are still accepted as our own. In other places, new citizens are not so lucky: there is talk of dangerous migrants, and homegrown terrorism, and the job drain. There are riots. There is fear.
When I start to feel this way, to worry about where we’re going and how ruinous getting there will be, I do the only thing I know how to do: I go into the kitchen and I cook. I chop up a refreshing salad. I grill fish on a cast iron skillet. I cut myself a slice of Israeli cheesecake. I whip up a fresh drink to help wash away the heat of the day. And as I prepare to welcome friends who are coming in for the weekend to celebrate Canada Day in what is not always the most patriotic province in Canada, I gather up my best 4th of July and Canada Day recipes and get ready to serve a feast.