(My grandmother and my brother, 1980)
As I have a habit of going East instead of West, we traveled to Vietnam recently to teach Simon about Vietnamese cuisine as well as me picking up more tips from aunts, uncles and cousins.
Although stating the obvious, we discovered that there was nothing like great home cooked food. Food made for the family is always something we tend to add a little more effort to, sprinkle a few extra miles, seasoned with lots of love.
“Lets do it!” Simon says, “You and me.” And there it was, our history in the making.
Inspired by our summer trip to Northern Italy, where we ate at secret family mountain restaurants over 5 hours, 9 courses for 30euros each with friends. We set our foot on the path and we just did it.
Dedicating as much time, love and passion into our project, our plans for the supper club or the ‘underground’ restaurant were simple. Make good food – no gimmicks necessary – just keeping in mind a small trick of Grandma’s.
Our Grandmothers, mothers and all their mothers throughout the generations were more or less powerless in society. But ironically, they had so much grip over their families and their men. They held power over men, even the most powerful men who ruled countries and created war. Each I am sure, was held by their taste buds – every evening, every meal time.
Its going the extra mile. Its giving the juicer bit of meat to your favourite person.
I would be afraid to cook for my grandmother, however, I would love to - she'd tell me how to do it perfectly. She knows everything as she has lived a life long before me.
Menu Ideas: Friday 29th/ Saturday 30th January 2010
-Summer Rolls of Egg, Barbequed & Cured Pork, Shredded Pork Skin, Spring Rolls, Mint, Corriander & Lettuce
-Lemongrass Beef With Vermincelli
- Shredded Chicken With Corriander & Lime Salad
-Prawn Crackers & Puffy Seaseme Rice Paper
-Braised Ham & Quails Egg In Fish Sauce & Coconut Juice Served With Rice
-Banana With Tapioca in Coconut Milk
On Saturday 30th January, we will be really pleased and honoured to welcome Daniel and Lesley Walsh (Parents of tomeats) and their friends to our humble restaurant. And hope that they will experience lovely Vietnamese cuisine as taught by my mother and her family.