Preserved lemons are lemon quarters that have been preserved in salt and are a common ingredient in Middle Eastern food.
Szasz Preserved Lemons
When George Szasz was growing up, his playground didn't have swings and slides; it had frying pans and ovens. For 35 years his parents, Peter and Iris, operated Szasz Restaurant and Delicatessen in Vancouver, which opened in 1960, four years before he was born. At age 13, he began working in the restaurant that offered central European fare, such as house-made sausages, goulash, paprikash and schnitzel.George would put his own spin on things, but not at his parents' restaurant, and not until some formal training. He studied hospitality at BCIT, and took culinary training at Dubrulle Culinary Arts. Szasz then worked at the prestigious Canadian Club at Vancouver's Expo 86. He cooked in hotels, and then headed to Brisbane, Australia, and Expo 88, where he worked as sous chef at the Canadian Pavilion restaurant. On his way home, George stopped in Fiji to marry wife Linda. They met in Vancouver where she also worked in restaurants such as Bishop's. Szasz worked for his father again and then it was time for something quite different. Linda and he had their first daughter, Marlena, moved north to Smithers, bought property and opened a restaurant. That eatery closed, but running it provided valuable experience when opening their next place. The couple had daughter No. 2, Temalesi, and returned to the South Coast, this time to Victoria.