At a time that now seems many more moons ago than it probably was, the theme of Asia was drawn for the November meeting of the Victoria Inn Food Club. Actually referred to as cookery club these days but I prefer the FC acronym, so ner.
Asia. Sadly the land mass and not the band, but a big old remit either way. One immediately thinks noodles, rice, chicken, and one is kind of
racist restrictively minded for going Chinese as default. There’s so much Asia and a huge amount of diverse and noodle free cuisine. Clean, precise tastes of Japan, spicy hits from Malaysia and Indonesia, a million billion curries from India and beyond, loads of vodka soaked beetroot involving Russian dishes. Yes. Russian dishes. I took the role of pedant away from Tom this month and had to ask, well we can do something Russian, yes? Debate ensued. Speaking in terms of dinner (are there any others?) it was generally consented that Russian grub sat better with the Eastern Bloc theme night yet to be drawn. However, if one was to get down to the geography of the matter then yes, Russian counted as Asian so would be accepted at the November meeting table. Geographical themed night, so Geography wins. So smug, gleaming and triumphant from this ruling, I made something Vietnamese.
Here we go.
And not a noodle in sight! A really good night, agreed by all to be one of the best meetings we have had in terms of both food and comedy from ‘I’ve only had 4 pints’ Ian. Not to mention a quick whip round of Stuart’s devilishly marvellous Sloe Gin. Treats for all!
Join me some time after the second Tuesday of the month for our pre Christmas meeting where we are tasked to bring in a traditional Christmas-time dish from anywhere but the UK. Interesting.
Until then, I bid you farewell.