Last night’s episode of “Spice of Life with Bal Arneson,” was titled “Fishing.” Bal Arneson is a chef, cookbook author, teacher and a mother, who knows how well spice adds to her cooking, but she also makes sure to add some spice to her life as well, as this episode proves.
As the episode begins, Bal is making breakfast for Anoop and Aaron. Aaron wants cookies for breakfast, so Bal gives him the next-best thing; Cinnamon Scones with Chai Berry Sauce. As Aaron measures out the dry ingredients, Anoop cuts the strawberries. Then as kids will sometimes get their feelings hurt, a crush he had on a girl who did not return the favor, left an open wound on him and a few words sent him to his room. Anoop told Bal that she sometimes embarrasses them, but she then defended herself by stating that it is a mother’s job to embarrass their children. Bal then went in to apologize to her son, and the smell of her scones made it almost all better. Then Bal announced that after breakfast, they were going fishing, which then healed all wounds.
At they arrived at the pier, Danny was their guide who took them out on the boat. She told him that she packed a lunch, and if they caught fish, he would get to taste her Sweet Potato and Yam Samosas with Fresh Mango Chutney. So Danny assured her, they would certainly catch fish. As they made their way across one of the gorgeous Pitt Lake in Vancouver, British Columbia, Danny let Bal drive the boat for a short time. Soon they arrived at the Pitt River Lodge, accessible only by air or boat. As they got fitted with their fishing gear, Danny got them ready to go river rafting and fly fishing. Bal caught a trout on her first cast, and it was a fighter. The kids were thrilled, and it was a catch and release; they had to let the fish go. When the kids did not catch anything, Bal suggested they stopped for lunch to enjoy her samosas. As Bal demonstrated how she made the samosas and chutney, it was a mouthwatering experience for viewers. Bal received a huge cigar for catching two fish, but not a smoker; Bal got help with the cigar from Danny.
That evening, Bal made a fitting dish for dinner, Coconut Milk Poached Spice Smoked Salmon with Sautéed Peas. Bal gave viewers a great tip, to smoke the salmon after it is poached, by using wood chips in a small pot in the center of a platter, then surrounding the pot with the fish and peas, she lit the wood chips, and placed a glass bowl atop it, as the fish absorbed the smoke from the chips. When they tasted the delicious treat, both kids told their mother what a super job she did making dinner and catching fish on this episode of “Spice of Life with Bal Arneson.”
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