Paleo Dinner Party
The Swiss Paleo ladies (Lisa, Julie and Susan), along with our friend Ayse, got together for a dinner party last weekend and let me tell you…we ate some really delicious food! Nothing beats good food eaten in the company of good friends. Did you know that socializing is vital to your health and well-being? It’s good for your longevity and your immune system. Have a look here if you would like to read more about this. Those who know me well know that I’m not much of a social butterfly and I’m pretty happy just hanging out at home (yes, in my pyjamas on the couch), but I really do enjoy the company of friends and will definitely be working on adding more “connectedness” into my life. So, think of the people in your life that you enjoy spending time with and invite them over for a meal.
A Paleo Dinner Party
Can you really throw a ‘Paleo’ dinner party and still impress your guests? Absolutely! My guess is that a Not-So-Paleo person would have never even known they were eating paleo if they had joined us last weekend. We had it all: an apero, hor d’oevers, a main meal, wine (probably too much in my case) and desserts (plural…as in more than one). Take a look at a few of the things we enjoyed:
The Apéro: Hugos
I had never heard of a Hugo until now. And now, it could just be my new favorite drink. To make a Hugo: put the following into each glass: 150 ml Proseco, 100 ml bubbly mineral water, a splash of holunderblütensirop, a few crushed mint leaves, a wedge of lime and some ice. Warning: they taste delicious and are really easy to drink too fast. Be careful or you might end up under the table before dinner even gets started!
The Apèro: Hugo
The hor d’oevers
Julie made some hor d’oevers that were as beautiful as they were tasty. We had little shrimp cocktails with shrimp, tomato and avocado. The picture of these turned out too dark but I got a great shot of the other thing she made. Yes, I have fallen in love with figs thanks to this little bite of heaven. Fresh figs topped with buffalo mozzarella, wrapped in prosciutto and splashed with balsamic vinegar. No way to eat it politely…just shove the whole thing in your mouth and enjoy!
The Main Meal (show me the beef!)
We had a mixture of vegetables roasted with rosemary and lots and lots of meat. Julie’s husband, Pascal, grilled the meat to perfection.
Ribs…it doesn’t get more ‘caveman’ than that!
We also indulged in some decadent but paleo friendly desserts. On offer we had homemade almond butter chocolate icecream made with coconut milk, almond butter dark chocolate chunk cookies, and berry crumble. And of course I had all three. Sadly, I don’t have any more pictures to share with you. I’m going to blame it on the lighting. It had nothing to do with the amount of wine I drank. Really. I also realized that I might just be a little too food obsessed. Notice how there are only pictures of the food and not the people? So, invite a friend or two over for dinner. I’m just sitting on my couch waiting for the invitation…
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