Welcome to Alaya Retreat Centre

Food

Our Philosophy:

“We believe that the most important ingredients to good food are: love, dedication, creativity, happiness, generosity and olive oil.”

We ensure that our guests eat healthy and tasteful food. The meals we offer are prepared with fresh, seasonal, and, for the most part, locally grown and produced ingredients. We can provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and dietetic food.

We only use fresh ingredients and everything is prepared on the spot, using olive oil (if possible from our own olive trees) and fresh spices. We buy at the local markets preferably from local vendors.

We have a small vegetable garden so you might eat our own tomatoes, wild spinach, lettuces or peppers. In addition we have organic almond, cherry, apple, nisperos, kaki, plum and lemon trees. We make our own chutneys out of nisperos and grapes.

Our cherry crumble cakes even in winter have our own cherries in them, and our almond cakes have our own grated almonds. We pick rosemary and thyme in the hills behind the house and have mint, basil, salvia, oregano and other aromatic plants in our spice gardens.

Our menu is vast.
Here are some examples of our vegetarian menu items:

Warm dishes:
  • • Cream soups with vegetables from the season
  • • Risottos with mushrooms and chitakes
  • • Ratatouille with thyme and rosemary
  • • Caramelized carrots
  • • Spinach with almonds and raisins
  • • Roasted potatoes with rosemary
  • • Vegetable pies
  • • Stuffed courgettes with oregano
  • • Cous cous with seasonal vegies
  • • Bulgur with roasted vegetables
  • • Rice croquettes with dzaiziki ( greek yoghurt sauce)
  • • Quiches
  • • Pizza
  • • Rice with curry and tofu
  • • Vegetarian burgers
  • • Glazed onions with raisins
Cold dishes:
  • • Gazpachos of different types (cold Spanish soups of tomato, red beets etc.)
  • • Rice salads
  • • Salad buffets
  • • Tomatoes with oregano
  • • Pasta salads
  • • Vegan mayonnaise of carrots
  • • Bean salads
  • • Green salad with gomasio
  • • Salad of mung beans with red beets
  • • Vegetable pates
Deserts:
  • • Chocolate cake
  • • Lemon mouse
  • • Roasted apples with cinnamon
  • • Crumble pies with cherries or apple
  • • Lemon cake
  • • Chocolate mouse
  • • Ice-cream with warm cherries
Home made (ice) teas:
  • • Ellen´s Energizer: Fresh ginger-lemon with honey
  • • Maria´s secret: Maria Luisa from our garden with some secret spices
  • • Magical Mint: Mint-lemon from our garden
  • • Green Delight: green tea and mint with a dash of lemon
  • • Minty Morroccan but not with as much sugar as the Moroccans add…. 😉
  • • Indian Chais
Home made smoothies:
  • • Orange Delight: carrot-ginger-apple
  • • Grape Gossip: grapes, apple, mint
  • • Red Rooster: beet roots, red pepper and celery and others (depending on season)