Julie Marteleira

LEÑA, TORONTO

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I GREW UP IN LIS­BON, so I love seafood. The first time I saw a spot prawn was at Ca­noe, when I was a young cook do­ing a stu­dent in­tern­ship. And when I say saw, that’s what I mean—in that po­si­tion, you don’t get to taste them, you just look. Now that I know them bet­ter, there are a lot of things I like about them. For one thing, they’re al­most ex­clu­sive to us. Another is that they are so sea­sonal [the com­mer­cial sea­son usu­ally starts in May and lasts just six weeks]. They taste great fried or poached or raw. They’re so sweet. I just love them. —J.M.

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