I was in fun — albeit intimidating — company last night at the Long Beach Soup Swap ’11. Held at the Bella Cosa Boutique in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, several of the ‘hood’s “A-List” foodies were there. I knew most of them, sure. And as someone who’s held the Swap at my house three out of the last five years, it was insisted upon that I show up. Still, I felt sort of like an interloper, there more to gawk and learn than to participate. Like I should have had a spy camera in my coat.
I will link to everyone’s recipes as soon as I can, but for now, a little local color.
There was soup, and there were beverages, and there was beer, and fresh-baked bread, and even brownies. Everyone took turns describing their soup, and then everyone got to pick four different kinds. Jennifer Beaver described her roasted carrot soup as “sunshine in a bowl,” because everybody loves it; the kids, the grandparents, the fancy dinner party guests. It was good salesmanship. As we each took turns choosing soups to take home, this one went first.
Kim Peterson leaned forward with a smirk and described her Potato and Leek soup with bacon as, “A salt lick for a horse.”
“The salt shaker lid wasn’t screwed on very tight,” she said, nursing her second glass of wine of the night. I toasted her roundly. Now she’s my kinda gal. Naturally I took some of her soup next, to compare and contrast. Betcha I’ve done lots worse in my day.
As you can see, my Persian Yogurt and Rice Soup looked nice in the lineup. But that’s as far as it got. I forgot to print out the recipe for everyone. And I used masking tape to write the name of the soup on the container. (In my mind, though, I get props for even making a soup this year. It’s never been easy for me to get that organized. )
I couldn’t even find a black Sharpie, so I used a bright pink marker dug out from one of the kid’s old crayon baskets.
Other entries were a little more considered.
Sasha Kanno, director of Farm lot 59 and Long Beach Local, a local food collective, brought home-baked bread and her own jalepeno honey that literally stopped everyone in mid-bite. And I don’t even like jalepenos. I’ll try to get the recipe out of her for you soon. Yes, it was that good.
Kelli Johnson’s tomatillo and turkey chili soup was a huge hit, of course, and another woman’s tomato and bread soup was the only thing that got me through my teen daughter’s birthday party today. When a soup can fortify a parent against 25 14-year-olds in the backyard, that’s some hella good soup.
There were more people, and more soup, but of course I left my notes at the Swap so I can’t tell you the details. I shall report back with recipes when I get them.
In all, a successful Soup Swap in Long Beach. I hope to see twice the people there next year for Soup Swap 2012. Start thinking now!