[I’m participating in NaBloPoMo. Thirty days, thirty posts. Thursday is Day Four, and it I bring you a wrap-up of a great community event.]
That’s what part of the food loving community around here was asking last Thursday. Another addition of Brooklyn Swappers went down at the Brooklyn Creative League. I’ve attended every #BKSwappers held, and this time had the most attendees and a huge amount of food.
This time around, I brought five items to trade, and honestly regretted not bringing more. Spotted on the back row in the picture below, I brought bacon jam/butter/rilettes, Chinese plum sauce, sweet, savory, spicy tomato jam, quince jam and peaches in honey syrup.
Brooklyn Swappers has always been a high point in my schedule when I know it’s approaching. Not only have I made great friends with fellow swappers but these events are constant sources of inspiration. New sauces, jams, infusions, pickles to experiment with. Everyone also brings snacks, so it’s a joy to try cookies and breads, teas and galettes, all kinds of delicious creations.
The more I attend the swappers, I realize that quality and creativity is important. And my latest haul is absolute proof that the high quality paid off.
For my Chinese plum sauce, I got Apple Pie infused Rum. For the quince jam? Jane Lerner‘s salted caramel sauce (DIVINE!). Two little jars of my bacon jam and I have a jar of Johanna’s Bourbon Blueberry Peach Jam and Grace’s Mango Habañero Hot Sauce. The peaches in syrup resulted in a jar of Connecticut honey from one of the sweetest beekeepers I’ve met. What I could probably call the culmination of the swap lies at the front of the group – for my tomato jam, I got a sizable chunk of Lisa Guido‘s home cured guanciale.
Now, if that selection doesn’t lure you into attending a swap, I’m not sure what more I can do! Oh wait, I can. Not only have I made great friends with fellow swappers but these events are constant sources of inspiration. New sauces, jams, infusions, pickles to experiment with. Everyone also brings snacks, so it’s a joy to try cookies and breads, teas and galettes, all kinds of delicious creations. There is ALWAYS some dish that just makes me scratch my head in its deliciousness, and scribble it down in my mental list of to-makes.
So if you live in New York, I recommend becoming a fan of BK Swappers on Facebook and checking out upcoming swaps. Whether you’re an introductory canner, a pro, a baker, an infuser of liquors, or a fridge pickler, you’re more than welcome to join the fun.