Rotary Club Brazilian barbecue

At 18:30 we three were the second to arrive at the home of a fellow Rotarian for a barbecue. At 22:00 we left with a member bound for Hong Kong or Bangkok. In between, we had a lot of caipirinha, delicious food, and pleasant conversation that made us laugh.

This blog entry has nothing to do with music but everything to do with food. There was background music inside the house, but we were all outside.

On Tuesday 27th July 2010, a retired English physicist, an Indian IT engineer, and I met on the train to Hollandse Rading, two stops north of Utrecht Centraal station. We were the second to arrive for a barbecue at our Brazilian Rotarian’s home.

The entrance to the 1950’s home of our fellow Rotarian was a big bush of hortensia, so beautiful that I had to take a photo.

Colourful hortensia bush at the entrance
Colourful hortensia bush at the entrance

The Brazilian Rotary member and her Dutch husband warmly greeted us with chilled caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail drink decorated with a slice of lime and sugar around the rim of the glass. We were told it’s alcoholic, but the sweetness and our thirst made us want more. It’s a pity I did not take a photo, for the drink was central to the evening’s conversation.

We were so comfortable sitting at the table on the terrace that we did not venture into the long, well-kept garden, not least because it looked like it was going to rain.

The well-kept garden near Utrecht
The well-kept garden near Utrecht

And it did. By then, we were actively engaged in conversation. Our diversity index was high that evening: 2 New Zealanders, 1 Malaysian, 1 Belgian, 1 Indian, 1 English, 1 Italian, 1 from Ghana, 1 Turkish. Rotary Utrecht International is the third international club in the Netherlands (three international clubs in a total of 500 Rotary Clubs in the country).

The garden was bordered by a pond and another hortensia bush. On a nice day, we would certainly have strolled through the garden, but the grass was so well-maintained that we joked about taking our shoes off.

The pond at the well-kept garden
The pond at the well-kept garden

The white hortensia bush looked pristine.

White hortensia bush in July
White hortensia bush in July

Everything was set up well before our arrival.

Round barbecue in the well-kept garden
Round barbecue in the well-kept garden

For starters, we were served several dishes of deep friend stuffed balls and other pastries.

Brazilian starters
Brazilian starters

This was more than a barbecue. Dinner for a dozen Rotarians who had the time and interest to come here on a Tuesday night — the lucky dozen I’d say.

Dinner table for Brazilian barbecue buffet
Dinner table for Brazilian barbecue buffet

And there was more…

Dinner table for Brazilian barbecue buffet
Dinner table for Brazilian barbecue buffet

There was even dessert — home made desserts of merengue pie and passion fruit sorbet cake.

Merengue Pie
Merengue Pie

All of this accompanied by wine or beer or caipirinha!

Passion fruit dessert
Passion fruit dessert