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Greek Dinner With Seven Friends

Updated on August 29, 2011
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Greek Dinner for Seven

Once a month a group of intrepid food adventurers assemble to partake of food and great conversation. Most of us love cooking. All of us love eating! While we share information on our favorite restaurants in the area we all love to taste the fare at these monthly 'get-togethers.'

We rotate where we meet between our homes. There is a theme for each month. This month it was Greek food. At the close of the evening we have lively discussions regarding what next month’s theme will be.

Anyway, thanks to the end-of-summer too-much-to-do, there were only seven of us at the Dinner Pals traveling dinner Saturday.

Greek Food was the menu:

~ Grilled lamb burgers with pita bread

~ Grilled chicken souvlaki

~ Two kinds of Tzatziki sauce (yogurt and cucumber and garlic sauce)

~ Greek salad with fresh beets

~ Fruit salad

~ Goat cheese, Kalamata olives, roasted red pepper hummus, garden fresh tomatoes, celery sticks, and an assortment of breads for dipping

~ Dessert was a selection of Greek pastries, cookies, and chocolate cake (no picture, sorry!)

The lamb and chicken were most excellent. Both of them were cooked outside on grills. Traditional Greek spices are garlic, lemon, cumin, and mint to name a few. There are some wonderful pre-mixed Greek spices on the market.

The salad was made using fresh local beets. The salad also had goat cheese and red onions in it. The dressing was light and very Greek!

The desserts were a wide selection of honeyed filo dough wrapped nuts. Also, for desert was a great Greek chocolate cake and Greek cookies.

The ‘befores’ included a red pepper hummus, authentic Kalamata olives and soft fresh goat cheese all served with fresh garden tomatoes and dipping breads. Kalamata olives are the rich deep purple olives with a meaty texture and lovely ripe taste. Kalamata olives are usually served with the pits in them (these were pitted though.)

No one went away hungry and we could not come even close to finishing all the food!

Please enjoy the pictures. What is your favorite Greek food?

BTW: This whole theme was inspired by the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Both the men and the women in our group like this movie! Do see it!

Next month the theme is a Tapas, tapar-to cover in Spanish, kind of dinner with one big change. The change is that the savory or sweet bite(s) that you bring don’t have to be Spanish in origin.

Tapas is the Spanish word for a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. Tapas are generally finger food hot, cold, sweet, or savory.

The delicious irony of our choosing tapas without specifying which culture or cuisine we use to create the tapas is that tapas originated in Spain by the melding of many cultures into small bites of food. The Moors brought African continental foods to Spain during the 500 years of their reign over most of Spain. So, we are being quite authentic in spirit here!

Now, just what should I make? Hmmmmm....... What would YOU like for me to make?

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      NMLady 

      7 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      LOL! me too!

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Oh my mouth is watering and I already ate! Delicious.

    • NMLady profile imageAUTHOR

      NMLady 

      7 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks Arlene! I appreciate your kind words!

      Jackie-- we use to go to one in Phx. So many things to try!

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      Jackie 

      7 years ago

      Last weekend we attended the Greek Festival up here. So I know the desserts must have been yummy, too! Of course, we tried other things too.

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      7 years ago

      Your Hubs are always a treat, and I love the way you write and illustrate them. With this Hub, I am reminded to attend the annual Greek Festival in Sacramento. First weekend in September, I think. I used to work above a Greek restaurant in Downtown Sacramento. I'd always go there to get away from my whining Boss Lady. My favorite was the lemon and rice soup with bits of chicken. I could eat that for days!

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