The Bishop is coming for our Vietnamese supper
The next Global Cuisine Supper will celebrate the foods of Vietnam and the arrival of our bishop for his September visit. Martha has invited Bishop Stephen Lane and his wife, Gretchen, to join us for supper on Saturday, Sept. 15th, the evening before he celebrates the Eucharist with us on Sunday morning.
Recipes for this special supper will appear soon on the Time and Talent Table in the Parish Hall. Help yourself to any of them or share your own favorites from this Asian cuisine. In next week’s News from the Pews we will describe some of those dishes. In the meantime, here is a brief description of Vietnamese cuisine from Dennis Sim of The New York Times’ Ask.com:
“The abundant use of fresh herbs and vegetables sets Vietnamese cuisine apart from those of its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Vietnamese food is a healthy mix of light and refreshing flavors with very little added fats.
“The Vietnamese love to wrap parts of their meals in rice paper and lettuce leaves – grilled shrimp, grilled beef, stir-fried pork are all good candidates for the filling, although sometimes only vegetables and herbs like mint, basil and cilantro are used. The spring roll, which has come to personify Vietnamese food is a favorite appetizer on most Vietnamese menus.”
In southern regions, the cuisine borrows from neighboring Thailand and Cambodia and is spiced with chiles, coconut milk and herbs. More about that later. Stay tuned.