part of the reason that the early civilizations were successful was because people had job specialization -- each person had that one special thing that they were good at -- and then people bartered so they could benefit from others' specialties. that's kind of like the food swap.
i'm good at making ice cream, but i don't have the patience or attention span for baking, the knowledge for jams, jellies, pickling, or beer, or the creativity for fancy spreads and dressings. but others do! and so, once a month, i get together with some other folks from around tucson and we swap delicious snacks.
here's the spread from this month:
nogales pesto and lemon hummus
hibiscus syrup and whole milk ricotta & sourdough starter
orange marmalade and candied orange peels
sweet rice cakes, vegan peanut butter cookies, homemade biscotti
blackberry plum jam and tomato lemon marmalade
concord grape chutney and horseradish & prickly pear jelly
kale walnut pesto and pickled garlic
sushi roll and kimchi
citrus miso dressing, nutella, and spicy harissa
and here's what we got!
spicy harissa sauce
blackberry plum jam and pickled garlic
kimchi and porter
whole milk ricotta and candied orange peels
are there any ice cream flavors you would like to see at the next swap?
(or are there any recipes from the above goodies that you would be interested in learning?)