Hosting Retro Parties
Whether you’re into fashion, cars or design, retro is definitely in. This generation’s love for something old is not as exclusive to the hipster crowd as you may think. Going back to our roots and basics is a worldwide trend and it is also the direction the food industry is taking, opting for naturally grown fresh ingredients. The junk food industry is stepping up their game and an article from New York Times revealed that there’s a unique formula keeping us addicted to the unhealthy potato chip. It’s important to make a statement in parties like this by showing people a healthier and tastier alternative. Preparing great food that would go well with your retro bingo party is easy as picking fruit.
Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables, minus the dip, can be a healthy appetizer or a light meal for your event. Here’s a simple recipe for Stuffed Tomatoes we found in Ladies Home Journal:
Ingredients: (Makes 8 servings)
- 32 assorted cherry tomatoes
- 8 ounces of soft, mild plain goat cheese
- 1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of finely grated fresh lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Preparing this is easy: Just cut out the top and bottom of your cherry tomatoes so it doesn’t roll out. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and transfer the mixture in a pastry bag. Pipe the mixture into the cherry tomatoes. You can choose to add an herb on top of the piped mixture to give it a nice color contrast. Choose a functional herb like basil, mint or snipped chives.
The good thing about this dish is that it’s not messy and is ideal for your bing party. It’s also bite-size so the danger of spillage is very minimal and the use of fresh ingredients with high profile flavors, like goat cheese, means you no longer have to add salt. Iceland Foods, a leading grocery brand and operator of Bingoiceland.com, believe that most of the salt in our diets come from adding it whilst cooking and is linked to health problems such as hypertension and heart disease. Making smart choices in ingredients can help reduce excessive and needless use of salt and sugar.
This recipe requires a lot of cutting but will allow you to include a whole lot of fresh fruit and fiber into your menu. You can combine any fruit you want, just make sure you toss apples and pears into a lemon juice bath before you skewer them to make sure they don’t brown (oxidize) during your party. You can also add a coconut dip by mixing fresh coconut and yogurt. Instead of adding sugar, you can opt to substitute it with Fiji dwarf that has sweet coconut water.
The good thing about this dish is that it’s easier to handle when you’re in the middle of playing bingo. The prep time is considerably longer but it will allow your guest to customize the flavors they want to mix in their kabob.
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