Special Supper with Special Guests
Our Global Cuisine Potluck in September, the 24th in our monthly series, will bring us dishes full of fresh vegetables from our gardens. To create the Vietnamese cuisine that is our focus this month, several cooks are promising spring rolls and the unique fruit and vegetable salads the Vietnamese love.
The dinner is Saturday, Sept. 15th, 6 p.m. We will be sharing it with several special guests from the diocesan office: Bishop Stephen Lane, his wife, Gretchen, and Heidi Shott, Canon for Communications and Social Justice. Everyone is invited to meet these leaders of our diocese.
We also invite everyone to try a new recipe from the dozens provided on the Time and Talent Table in the parish hall or from the website www.vietnamese-recipes.com/. The site has 1,200 recipes – appetizers, salads, meat dishes, poultry, rice and noodles, soups, seafood, vegetables, desserts. Pick something that makes use of your own garden vegetables.
Vietnamese cuisine varies by region, according to Dennis Sim of The New York Times’ Ask.com. “The colder, Northern region is known for its hearty beefy stews. That is the region that was conquered by the Chinese in the second century BC… stewing is a popular style of cooking here.”
“The Central region of Vietnam is the home of imperial cooking… the food here is highly refined just like the former court chefs used to cook it. Delicate portions are served in multiple courses. Down south where it is more tropical, the cuisine borrows from those of neighboring Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. Rich with seafood, the food here shows a bit more of an Indian influence and is generously spiced with chilies, coconut milk and a variety of herbs and spices.”
Remember to bring your own beverages. We will provide ice water and coffee. If your dish needs to be assembled or reheated, come a bit early. And, as always, non-cooks are welcome to help us set up (5:15) or clean up afterwards.