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In the winter of 2005 I was taking courses at UBC and suffering through the rains of my first winter in Vancouver and I got some amazing news from my younger brother, Nate: my 23 year-old brother had his own bar!

Nate had flown to Thailand to meet up with Linda, his Malaysian lover. He had planned to get a job teaching English in Bangkok, but before he got started looking for work, he and Linda decided to take a break and hang out on the beach at Koh Lanta for a little while. There Nate found an island that was still struggling to rebuild their tourism infrastructure after the December 2004 tsunami. Businessmen everywhere were looking for western partners who could bring a few thousand dollars in to help rebuild their businesses.

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There is something about eating food in season that makes dinner taste all the better. Instead of making that tomato bocconcini salad (one of my late summer favourites) with tomatoes grown in Peru or in greenhouses, anticipating those first plump, aromatic tomatoes sun-ripened on a farm nearby makes me appreciate them so much more. No longer is it just a salad, but a miracle of nature on my plate.

This is why I love the spot prawn season. Although spot prawn fishers in Alaska are permitted to fish year round, here in British Columbia the season is only eight weeks long starting in May. Would I like to be able to get my hands on the large, super sweet creatures all year long? Sure, but the fact that I can’t makes me value them more. I put more thought into how I prepare them. I savour every bite.

It’s also a good excuse for a party. So last week, a group of friends gathered in our backyard to drink home brewed beer and peel the shells off of freshly cooked prawns. Spot prawns are so sweet that they are delicious boiled and served plain, but the rare sunny May evening called for use of the BBQ.

I’m not a user of recipes most of the time, so you won’t find precise measurements here. But hopefully the broad strokes will inspire:
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