A friend of mine hosts a Soup Swap twice a year. The rules are pretty simple. You bring 6 quarts of soup, preferably frozen. One at a time you tell the group what soup you brought and what’s in it. This is when you “sell” your soup: why did you made it, where you got the recipes, what add-ons you brought along (croutons, bacon bits, etc.) Then you choose a number (there were 27 of us this time). When it’s your turn, you get to choose one of the soups. We go from #1 to the end, then from the end back to #1 until all the soups are parceled out. To help with the process, there is the “Wall of Soup” where everyone’s soup is listed. Once all of a soup has been taken, that soup gets crossed out.
Of course there is also wine, appetizers and my friend always serves tomato soup over rice. If it’s your first time at a soup swap, you are a “soup virgin”. One woman often has her mother make her soup. Occasionally someone buys their soup and that’s part of their soup story. Everything is OK.
The first time I went to a soup swap, I was the only one who brought a vegetarian soup. I came home with 6 meat soups that I promptly gave away to neighbors and co-workers. Most of the time there are a fair number of vegetarian options, but it’s the experience that draws me back.
This time I brought “Any Squash Shooters” and my add-on was a little cello bag with two shot glasses and a small packet of popcorn. I came home with Tomato Pesto, Creamy Butternut, Coconut Curry Squash, Tomato Red Lentil and 2 quarts of Vegetable Salsa Soup. I’m already planning what to bring to the spring Soup Swap.
What soup would YOU like to bring to a swap?