|Setting up and getting to know each other|
Out of the 17 swappers, I only knew four beforehand. And while it goes without saying it was lovely to have some friends there, to me the spirit of the swap was really embodied by the fact that my house filled up with all of these strangers - some who had come from as far as Paso Robles! - to meet like-minded folks and share their food creations.
Upon arrival swappers found a spot on the tables to set up, mingled with other swappers, and enjoyed the incredible edibles that were the potluck. The food on hand here was impressive, and included multiple salads, cakes, muffins, beverages and savory items like deviled eggs and chicken cranberry endive bites.
|Potluck table #1|
|Potluck table #2|
But you're here to hear about the swapping part, right? First off, everything was delicious, beautifully presented and totally diverse. From fennel pollen to caramels to liver pear and brandy pate, the entire range of sweet, savory, spicy and salty was well represented. And, even though we had multiple strawberry jams, they were all different: strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, strawberry lemon, strawberry vanilla, plus orange marmalade and Pink Lady apple jelly. A couple kinds of kimchees, perogis, enchiladas, truffled white beans, chipotle beets, various pickles and sriracha sauce (a hot swap item for sure!) rounded out the offerings. (Did I miss anything?)
|Flavored liqueurs by Andrea|
|Simple syrup trios by yours truly|
|Eat the Love Jumbo Cookies by Irvin|
|Jams, jellies, candied citrus, fennel pollen and more by Hongmai|
|Sik Hye (Korean Rice Dessert Drink) by Jeena|
|Salsa fresca by Pamela|
|Orange marmalade and candied espresso walnuts by Michelle|
|Sriracha sauce by Mary|
I apologize to my fellow swappers for not doing a better job documenting every swap item that was brought. Things were a bit crazy as a first-time swap host, but I promise to do a better job next time!
Other lessons learned? Make more items so I can swap with more people, of course.