Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dinner Greek style

Boy what a weekend! Got to the kids Friday evening. Finished the paper lanterns
Slept in a little bit and was at the other house for the party about 11 am. Started on unloading the cars. Then as we were sorting groceries, dd was getting table and things organized. We took the couch out onto the deck to make room for the extended table. DD had bought fabric for the cloth and it was about 3 foot short. So she left to find another piece of fabric. As it was getting late I took the 2 foot section of the dining table out and pushed it back together and then pushed the 8 foot+ extension up to the table and if just fit perfectly. (She had bought a 5 yard piece of black fabric for the table cloth, I washed it then trimmed edges and rounded corners slightly and surged all the edges.) I'm glad we were able to use it as I didn't take my serger and didn't have time to do another one. HA! Here is the table.. There was 13 guest as 3 were too sick to attend.

As each guest arrived they were treated to a hand made fresh corsage or boutonniere. This was done by a family just to enjoy the company of friends and family. I am so thankful to have such wonderful family and friends. New and old.
We baked the cakes first so they could set and cool. Parker had already made the Ice Cream and Sorbet they were in the freezer.

Started with the Pork loin, Parker filet it so as to unroll the meat, placed a goat cheese and I can't remember what else over the top and re-rolled it, layered pepper bacon over the top and under then tied the whole thing. See picture:
Goat cheese stuffed Pork Loin

 Oh lets see, he made the Phyllo cups the day before, for the spanakopita. Umm... He made up the spread of goat cheese with olives, lemon and thyme to go on the Crisp Rosemary flat-bread.  He wanted it to meld for a bit so the flavors would combine and intensify. He stuffed the figs and got them all ready to cook, See picture:
Dried Fig Souvlaki
Phyllo cups
Spinach, feta, mozzarella Parmesan

Then I was asked to prep the tomatoes for an appetizer it was stuffed with grated mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil and fresh chopped basil. See Picture:

We were so busy prepping the food we could ahead of time, the time just flew by and it was so much fun to be in the kitchen with Parker. At this point I felt I was running in circles...o-0
Parker gave an introduction to the dinner: Tonight you are going to be served foods that will push your taste buds over the edge. Some of the things you might never have even heard of. All I ask is that you at least taste it. You don't have to eat it if you don't like it, but please taste it first. Last time we had a lady that said "I Don't like goat cheese!" Parker asked her to please try it and she found out it was pretty good. She did like goat cheese fixed this way.  So on to the dinner:

First up was the Crisp Rosemary flat bread with goat cheese and Stuffed tomatoes with a drink called the Greek Lantern

The Spanakopita and dried fig souvlaki

Then...Oh boy Um..
I think it was the salad and Greek Mojitos

We got so busy we forgot to take some of the pictures. totally missed the Salad and Greek lemon soup. Then there was Fish and asparagus with sweet peppers,
And look at this set of dishes.. Oh my... Gorgeous!
Then the Pork and potatoes and a glass of wine.

Then he served a lovely cake with homemade coffee ice cream and Greek Coffee. 
Sorry no picture of this either. It really was a mad house in the kitchen. LOL
To finish off the whole dinner he served Spiced Fresh Orange and Honey Sorbet
When he first served this up they looked like rose buds.  By the time we put the house back in order and cleaned up ready to go back to the kids it was about 11:30 pm. 
What a wonderful time was had by all!!! Well this was a long post. LOL It could have been longer too. HA!

PS: Thanks to Lori Lange at We have used a lot of your recipes to serve other with great success. Why not check out her site and find yourself a new family favorite today.


  1. Oh my April what a fantastic spread! Beautifully laid table and love those lanterns you made - when you mentioned lanterns I hadn't thought square ones!
    What a very clever son you have and I bet you all did have a wonderful meal and a fabulous time with all your family and friends. Love the dinner service too! I bet you were all tired out after all that work and then the clearing away and putting things to rights but a great feeling of satisfaction that all went so well.

    Lynn xx

  2. Wow what a feast and the food was top notch. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to join you for such an awesome meal.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  3. Thanks Lynn and Desire, It was a blast. I'd love to do it again sometime.

  4. WOW April! how amazing and creative! Hope you are feeling better!