Making lunch for Little Sissy’s Bachelorette Weekend

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My little sister is getting married! Well both of them are, but one of them is only 2 months away! This weekend we celebrated her bachelorette in San Diego. It was a very nice laid back weekend. Nothing crazy…except during the pool at night… but I’ll respect the privacy of some people and not mention too much LOL.
IMG_4804During the planning of the bachelorette, my sister was going to have a private chef come and make us lunch but with expenses adding up, she decided to nix that idea. To my surprise and (initial horror) she asked me to make them lunch and maybe do a little cooking course for the girls. As fun as that idea sounded, aside from my family, I’ve never cooked for a large group before, let alone people I have never met! My first reaction and answer was a quick and horrified, NO! hahaha but it WAS for my little sister and how can I continue to write about cooking and food when I turn down such a good opportunity to cook and do something I love especially for someone that I love? And so…. I accepted.

Immediately, we finalized a menu.
Shrimp Summer rolls– Easy enough. I just needed to tweak my sauce.
Grilled Pork Vermicelli (Bun Thit Nuong)- This was going to take more time. I’ve made the marinade for this meat before but I didn’t have a recipe that I could confidently replicate.
Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail– Opening cans…easy.
Lychee Sangria– Never made it before but how can anything with lychee and elderberry extract to be bad right?

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Testing out the peanut sauce was easy enough. It doesn’t require that many ingedients and I already had a base recipe that was good. Eventually I came up with a sauce that I was very happy with and the secret ingredient was coconut milk!

For the grilled pork- This was a bit more stressful and required more time. As good as it is, I didn’t want to give my family grilled pork too many times within a short period. In total, I made it twice and tweaked my recipe 3 times. By the bachelorette weekend, I still wasn’t sure how it would turn out…but it was the best marinade I’ve made and I’m saving the recipe for sure!
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All in all, it was a bit stressful planning and preparing for the lunch, but on the day of everything went just swimmingly…I might even say perfect, especially with help from my other sister and a few other people. The most important thing to me was the taste and flavors and I couldn’t have asked for all the dishes to come out better! My concern with the meat was undercooking or overcooking the meat, but it turned out great! It was my first time cooking at such an important event for people that weren’t my family. I gotta say…there’s a lot to be said for thoughtful preparation! I wish I had more pictures of the lunch but it was just too hectic. I hope you enjoyed the ones I did take!
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Now…my other sister is getting married next year…what will be on the menu then? =)IMG_4798
Congrats Sissy V! Looking forward to your big day!

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