When my friend said she was coming to dinner with her husband, immediately I began to prepare excitedly what we were going to have for lunch. Having studied nutrition, and as a foodie, I absolutely love putting together recipes and healthy food ideas.
After swirling a few ideas around in my head, I decided to take the plunge and do my first buffet. Being a lover of Mediterranean foods, I chose a Greek theme. Here are some of the dishes I served at the buffet:
- Grilled Halloumi
- Garlic and Chilli Bread (Gluten free)
- Carrot and Greek Yoghurt Dip
- A fresh salad
Buffets are great ideas to do for a lunch or a tea. They allow the palette to enjoy a vast array of textures and flavours, and can be catered for different needs. This buffet was suitable for gluten free and vegetarian.
I bought some of the ingredients (dolmades, hummus), although I do hope someday to take sometime to formulate my own recipes for these. However, below I have included the recipes I did home-cook for the grilled halloumi, Carrot and Greek Yoghurt Dip and also the Garlic and Chilli Bread.
1 halloumi steak
a pinch of basil
a pinch of oregano
I split the steaks into four pieces and then grilled them until they were melted. This was around 5 – 10 mins.
Carrot and Greek Yoghurt Dip
A squeeze of lemon juice
I grated the carrot and then blitzed with the Greek yoghurt and lemon juice in the food processor. I then covered and placed in the freezer.
Garlic and Chili Bread
3 slices of gluten free bread
2 tbsp of dried garlic powder
1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
Butter or coconut oil
Slice the bread into 9 smaller pieces, spread on butter ,or coconut oil and then place the garlic powder and chilli flakes on top. Place in oven for 10 mins or until golden brown.
Having a themed buffet is tons of fun and can be packed with lots of good nutrition, also. I loved the experience and hope to do and share more of these in future.