Thursday, November 17, 2011
ATX Swappers: November 2011
My regular food swap group did not have a swap this month, so I managed to get a spot in the ATX Swappers event. The swaps are free, but since they are hosted at people's homes there are a limited number of people who can attend, and it fills up fast. The offerings were all wonderful, and I came home with a great loot: several flavors of spicy marshmallows, Japanese style salad dressing, 2 bottles of home fermented apple scrap vinegar (which I will use the heck out of!), apple-cinnamon syrup, homemade granola, beer bread, Amaretto ice cream, cranberry-apple jam, Honeycrisp-Ginger sauce, and pickled carrots.
This time around I made pumpkin gnocchi, adapted from this Happyolks recipe. Getting the consistency right was a little tricky—I ended up using quite a bit more flour + some cornmeal—but they turned out good and were fun to make. After making 18 dozen of them though, I was a bit worn out. I still had a bit of pumpkin puree left, so I packaged up some of that to swap as well.
The food was not only great tasting, but lovely to look at as well... here are a few samples of what was being offered:
It was fun meeting some new people and seeing the kinds of things they make... and then eating it, of course. I just love this little community that has popped up. If you haven't tried out a food swap yet, I highly recommend it. For more information on swaps or how to start your own, check out this blog post from June.