A couple of weeks ago my friend Andrea and I hosted a food swap at the commercial kitchen space she shares on Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, despite the number of people who RSVP’d, turnout was rather low. I’m going to blame it on the fact that it turned out to be such a lovely day. Maybe an evening would be better than an afternoon. Still, it was a fine first outing and I’d love to hold another one later in the summer when people have lots of great garden bounty.
We ended up with a nice assortment of items: eggs, lemons and lime, bundles of fresh herbs, my limoncello and orangecello, spiced chocolate ganache by Andrea, French chicken soup also by Andrea, red onion jam, marmalade, dried wild mushrooms, sauerkraut and kimchee, chive blossom vinegar, coconut chips, a variety of pickled veggies, membrillo (quince paste) and persimmon chutney. I might be missing something.