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Festive Buffet Food


During the festive season I find it easier to cook buffet style meals so that I’m prepared should someone drop by unexpectedly, the option to serve yourself has always gone down well with Mini Gourmand and the following dishes are things that we always eat at this time of year.

buffet menu

You can click the video below to watch the vlog that accompanies this post or if video’s are not your thing you will find the recipes below.


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Chicken Tikka Salad

This Chicken Tikka buffet salad will serve 8-10 alongside other dishes or 4 as a main meal.

You will need:

2 large Chicken Breasts
2 Tablespoons Tikka Curry Paste
200gPlain Yoghurt
1/2 cucumber
6 Radishes
1 Red Onion
2 Sticks Celery
1 Round Lettuce
4 Tomatoes
Mango Chutney

Marinade the chicken breasts in 100g of yoghurt and the curry paste, cook in the oven until cooked and allow to cook before slicing.

Arrange the salad into layers, top with the chicken, coriander and crushed poppadoms.  Make a sauce by mixing the yoghurt and mango chutney.

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This Game Pie will serve 8 alongside other dishes or 6 as a main meal.  I created this dish for the slow cooker but I’m sure it will taste just fine cooked in the oven.

You will need:

500g mixed game meat
4 Potatoes cubed
1 Tomato diced
2 Carrots chopped
1 Stick of Celery chopped
300g Chestnut mushrooms chopped
200ml Red Wine
2 Tablespoons flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 sprigs of thyme
500ml beef stock

Coat the game in seasoned flour and gently brown in a hot pan, add to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients and cook for 1 hour on high followed by 8 hours on low.  Transfer to an oven proof dish and top with puff pastry.  Cook for 20-30 mins until the pastry is browned and the gravy is thickened.

spring rolls

This recipe will make 10 large spring rolls or 20 small ones. I cook my spring rolls in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add meat or seafood.

You will need:

Grated Carrot
Spring Onion
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Pack of Filo Pastry
Olive oil

Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a small amount of vegetables and a sprinkle of chilli sauce, fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.

brie and mango parcels

This recipe will make 10 large parcels or 20 small ones. I cook my parcels in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add other sauces like cranberry.

You will need:

I Pack of Brie
Mango Chutney
Pack of Filo Pastry
Olive oil

 Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a cube of brie and a teaspoon of mango chutney. Fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.

chicken curry

You could make this curry with any meat or leave the meat out and just have a vegetable curry.  This curry will serve 6 as a main course or 10 with other foods.  I cooked this curry for 8 hours on low in the slow cooker but it could be cooked on the hob in an hour if needed.

You will need:

2 onions, diced
500g diced potato
4 Chicken breasts, diced
2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 head of white cabbage chopped
200g mushrooms
2 teaspoons Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Coriander Seed
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of grated Ginger
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon hot Paprika
1 red chilli finely chopped 
1 bay leaf.

Place everything in the slow cooker pot and cook on low for 8 hours. If you need to add more water add a small amount at a time.

lamb sausage roll

The Lamb Kofta sausage rolls can either be made in pastry or served on their own.

You will need:

500g lamb mince
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp chopped mint
1 pack of puff pastry

Al Sulttan

I last wrote about Al Sulttan in November of 2011, it’s one of my favourite restaurants to visit in Newcastle upon Tyne and now that I don’t live there anymore I miss my impromptu visits.

My last visit to Al Sulttan was a bit of a memorable occasion, I’d just found out that me and Mr Gourmand were going to have a baby and I was so nervous about telling him that the last thing on my mind was food.  Mr Gourmand had been looking forward to a meal at the restaurant all week as he had been working over 200 miles away and wanted some comfort food, I did secretly hope that some delicious food might soften the bombshell I was about to drop!

The restaurant itself is spacious with a good amount of seating downstairs and a function room upstairs that is regularly used for birthdays and weddings.

The buffet section is situated down the middle of the restaurant and the variety of food available is massive, the restaurant offers an a la carte menu but as the quality of the buffet is so good you rarely see anyone eating from the menu.

I like to start with similar things to what you see above, the food available does often change but you can always get homemade hummus, tabouleh salad and pickled vegetables.  The fried starters are always delicious and crisp on the outside and soft and flavourful on the inside.

I apologise in advance for the way the food is just slopped on my plate, by the time it got to the main courses I was having a case of eyes bigger than stomach and just piled the food on.

What excites me the most about the main courses on offer is the variety, you never know what will be on offer, there are particular meals (I have no idea of the name) that I get so excited about if I spot them under the silver lids.  There is always a selection for vegetarians although the meat eaters do get the bulk of the dishes.

There is nothing better than a cup of sweet mint tea (made with Lipton yellow label) after a super heavy indulgent meal, for some reason it allows me to pick my filled stomach off the floor and make my way home, without it I’m a complete mess!

The mint tea seems to aid digestion which obviously leaves room for homemade syrupy pistachio cake!

If like me you love really good quality food then you need to take a trip to the west road in Newcastle.

Laus 202 – Newcastle

Laus 202 is situated at 92-98 Newgate Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Chinese buffet restaurants are not really somewhere we would visit in Newcastle as the majority are quite poor when it comes to the variety and quality of the food on offer, I’d heard some good reviews from friends about Laus 202 and decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.

 The Sunrise buffet is available between 11.30 – 5.00pm and costs £7.90

The Sunset hour buffet is available between 5.00 – 6.00pm and costs £11.00

The Sunset buffet is available between 6.00 – 10.30pm and costs £13.00

What makes Laus 202 different from other buffets is the fact sushi is served, the sushi isn’t the best I’ve ever had but it’s edible.

Soup is usually standard at all buffets, what’s nice about the sweetcorn soup at Laus is the lack of salt in the soup.  I’ve been to some restaurants before where it tasted like a bucket of salt had been placed in the soup making it inedible.

The usual fried starters are available such as Seaweed, Spring Rolls, Won Tons, Prawn Toast and Samosas and a selection of dipping sauces are on offer.

Mr Gourmand and Mini Gourmand are massive rib lovers and there is a selection available to choose from at Laus 202 rather than just the usual BBQ.

Chinese buffet food on a plate never looks appetising when it’s someone elses but every dish that was sampled was very tasty and the sauces were thick rather than the usual watered down sauce that you often find at buffets.

Unfortunately during my visit there was no room left for dessert but a full selection is on offer throughout the day.

Spring Event at Newcastle Malmaison

Back in April I was kindly invited to the Newcastle Malmaison to attend a Spring Event, the event was a thank you to business customers who use the hotel on a regular basis, it’s a great way for the hotel to make customers aware of what they can offer and give other business in the area a chance to show their wares so to speak.

I did write a post on my Lifestyle Blog but wanted to save the food and drink for a separate post as I feel it deserves at least that.

The Malmaison do everything to a high standard especially their cocktails which are spectacular, I’ve had many different cocktails now in the Newcastle Mal and each one has been delicious.

The bar staff at Newcastle Mal were kind enough to make my friend Katie a non alcoholic cocktail which looked and tasted just as delicious as the alcoholic cocktails.

The seating areas at the Newcastle Mal are designed in such a way that makes them perfect for both a secluded private chat or a large group gathering.  The seats are all extremely comfortable and the views over the River Tyne are beautiful.

As far as Buffets go the Newcastle Mal did an excellent job at keeping the guests happy, choices ranged from mini cheeseburgers to finger sandwiches (crusts removed)

There was a wide range of desserts on offer, unfortunately I got swayed by the make up and only managed to take one picture.  The brownies and flapjacks pictured were to die for!

As always the wine was flowing and I imagine there was some very sore heads the next morning (Not mine may I add)