I held a Food Swap Event at my house this past week, having been inspired by the one I attended in April at The Reading Terminal Market (see my post about that event here!) I was so jazzed about the foodstuffs I saw and swapped I couldn't wait to go to another event. I talked about the event with a lot of people and every time I mentioned it, people were as intrigued as I was about it. I kept thinking I could do this - host a food swap, so when I asked two of my local Collingswood acquaintances if they'd be interested the response was very positive. I struck while the iron was hot - organizing the event in a matter of weeks so that I could keep the interest in the event blooming. It worked - I got a great response from the Facebook postings and group invitations I created.
People came from mostly from the immediate area of Collingswood. We did have some visitors from the next town over, Westmont. Our friend, Maren, came down from where she lives in NJ - which is about a half hour away. The guests who surprised me the most were the women I met at the Philly Food Swappers Event - Pam and Sam. Sam found my blog post and commented on the blog. I wrote back to her and told her I was holding one at my house in a few days. I asked her, via my comments section, if she would like to attend. And she did! With only a few days notice, she and her best friend not only came to my party but they each brought delicious and beautifully packaged items - key lime meringue marshmallows and preserved lemons.
I made pickled vegetables - Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Red Onions and Celery. Quick Pickles - brined in apple cider vinegar. I wanted to do something quick, inexpensive, tasty without having to chop, can and cook for hours on end. These came out really well. The recipe is one of my modified pickle recipes that I tweaked/stole a few years ago from a Martha Stewart idea.
I set out some snacks for people to nosh on - my summer salsa and a guacamole.
The Pickles! They are tangy, spicy and sweet.Open House Tour - Dave was the volunteer stationed at my house for the day. Susannah and I "met" via Facebook. We have a mutual friend who introduced us. Turns out we live a block apart - though we never see each other!
Items we swapped - though this list is incomplete due to memory loss!
- Honey Ginger Butter Spread
- Curried Chick Peas
- Lemon Balm Simple Syrup
- Pineapple Infused Vodka
- Preserved Lemons
- Key Lime Meringue Marshmallows
- Strawberry and Banana Chip Granola
- Vegetarian Chili
- Cheese Cakes (3 for tasting by Eric Sewell Wolf)
- Cream Puffs with Coffee Flavored Cream Filling
- Maren's Marinara
- Pickled Vegetables
- Rum Punch (that was a knock out!)