I love a good toga party, partly because they are stunningly inexpensive, but mostly because they are great fun. What follows is are the best recipes I have learned in 10 years of throwing them. All the recipes are vegan and gluten free, and can be made ahead of time and served with out plates.
First the food:
I like to make things that pair well with bread and then ask guests to bring loaves. It works well. Bread is also the only gluten filled food here, not at all sneak, and easy for those with restrictive diets to avoid. Laying out fruit is a good idea, grapes are classic. Personally I like satsuma oranges.
This will make cheap canned olives amazing.
24 oz whole black olives, drained (2 cans)
2 roma tomatoes sliced
1 jar green olives
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Basil
1 tbsp Parsley
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1) Mix all ingredients together and let marinate for a few hours or over night.
Make your own for cheap! This recipe makes 5 cups; enough for a crowd.
6 garlic cloves, mashed and then minced
3 15-oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup of tahini
1 medium lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1) In a food processor, cream together tahini, lemon, and oil. Blend.
2) Add everything except chickpeas. Blend
3) Add chickpeas, blend until smooth
4) Scoop the hummus into a schmancy serving dish. Sprinkle with chili pepper flakes. Serve.
Home Made Sport drink:
This recipe yields 3 liters of low sugar sports drink. Make to have on hand the next day. Just as effective as vitamin water about an 1/80 the cost.
3 litters water
2 trays ice
1 lemon in slices.
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
Mix. Drink all.
Toga Wrapping. Get creative with toga wrapping and play games. We have traditionally enjoyed Greek theater games.
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