my first food swap

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table 1 at 6/6 food swap

I finally got to attend my first swap and it was all that I expected and more. I spent most of Monday getting my swap items ready. I ended up making small batches of several of my household staples – horchata, salsa casera and black bean dip. I was a bit nervous that there wouldn’t be much interest in my stuff, but it done got swapped!

I absolutely loved the energy and inherent friendliness that carried into the evening and although a bit intimidated at first, loved the bartering process.

I came home with:

Cocoa roasted almond-butter
Oven dried tomatoes in oil
Beer bread from Trent
Anise Pizzelles from Kate B.
Bruscetta & Eggs from the lovely couple whose names I’ve forgotten
Anchovy-free tapenade


The eggs and salsa were devoted to huevos rancheros yesterday.  The tapenade and oven dried tomatoes were perfectly suited for the pizza dinner that I had planned for last night and the rest of the stash is slowly disappearing as the girl and I snack throughout the day.

Thanks to Megan and Kate for hosting this lovely get-together. I had such fun trading food and our bellies will be filled with yummy things for the rest of the week.

The Author

vegetarian. mama. love to cook, read, knit, take pictures and make things. places where food, memory, and culture intersect are my favorite.


  1. What a great picture of the swap! Mine all came out noisy. 😦 Rami and I have really enjoyed the horchata that you made, and I hope that you liked the salsa! And don’t worry about being nervous. This was swap number four for me, and still got the jitters when it was time to trade. 🙂

  2. Food swaps are such a neat idea. I ran a craft group back in the North-East and we threw yarn, craft supply, and even clothing swaps throughout the year. They were always a blast, but applying the idea to things you can EAT might just take the cake. Can’t wait to participate in one of these.

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