The Robson Ranch International Club held its meeting at Scotts Landing Marina in Grapevine on Thursday, June 15, 20017. The meeting was arranged by Alfred Van Gool who has a sailboat docked at the Marina and Rupa Mathur.
There were approximately a dozen people who attended the meeting. The weather was warm and the music a little loud, but the members seemed to enjoy it. Alfred took some members sailing in his boat.
The Marina has Big Daddy’s Ship’s Store and Galley. Big Daddy’s is more than the usual lakeside deli and grill. They serve a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, seafood and snacks. The members enjoyed the food. The seating is on the floating patio with a great view of the marina and Lake Grapevine.
We are happy that our membership is growing. In June Mara Lewis brought in two members: Gisela Troncoso-Chaples from Dominican Republic and Elvi Lamping from Cuba. Other members who joined the International Club in June are: Karen and Marty Visser (Marty is from Holland) and Sylvia Mawhee and Jerry Yates (Sylvia is from Germany). We are very happy that they have decided to join the International Club.
On Saturday, July 22, Fred and Diane van Naerssen along with Lenie Christensen and Ineka Dabelic prepared an Indonesian feast for the members. Fred, Lenie and Ineka are from the Netherlands. While reading this some of you must be wondering if they are from Netherlands, why would they prepare an Indonesian meal for us. Netherlands was once a colonial power. The Spice Islands were considered the jewel in its colonial crown, and the Dutch embraced Indonesian food not only in the colonies, but also back in Netherlands as well. Indonesian food is one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world. Rijsttafel is said to be a Dutch invention. It consists of rice with many small dishes of spiced vegetables and meats.
There were so many dishes prepared by our hosts that it would be difficult for me to list all of them. I will name only some: Nasi Goering (fried rice), Sate Babi (grilled pork with peanut sauce), Sambal Goereng ei (eggs in hot sauce), Kerrie Djawa (chicken in curry sauce), Rendang (beef in coconut milk), Babi Panang (grilled pork in sweet sour sauce), Ajam Ketjap (chicken legs in sweet soy sauce), Atjar Tjampoer (sweet sour vegetables) and Sajoer Boontjes (spicy green beans) and homemade Sambal (hot stir-fried chilies).
The guests brought in either appetizers or delicious desserts, which the members enjoyed very much after eating the delicious Indonesian feast. No one left hungry.
While recruiting new members I had told them not to miss this feast because Fred, Diane, Lenie and Ineka were going to prepare a really delicious feast for us. No one went home disappointed.