At our New Year’s Party I’m planning to hand out invitations for our get-together in January: namely a “Soup Swap”. Officially in 2012 “Soup Swap Day” is January 21 but our party will be the next weekend to allow us all time to get our soups together. (Click on the link above to fill in the details I may omit or change.)
How it works:
Everybody who wants soup must bring soup: Make a large pot of soup and divide it into 6 quart-size containers and FREEZE the soup. Allowing the soup to be frozen means you can’t really make it the day of the party; you must plan in advance.
The frozen soup is vital on a couple of levels: 1.) it’s easier to transport, 2.) it survives being set out the party, and 3.)folks can take it home and return it immediately to the freezer knowing it will keep well until they’re ready to use it. The soup containers should be labeled with the type of soup and the ingredients. A recipe per se is not required but an ingredient list allows people with food allergies to select with caution.
Bring your frozen soup to the party and set it on the soup table. One of the main elements of the occassion is being prepared for “The Telling of the Soup”. You must entice us to choose your soup by explaining where you got the recipe OR what the exotic ingredients are OR how many grueling hours it took to make. The idea is to make a story of why you made the the soup you did.
Finally, each person in the soup swap picks a number from a hat thus determining the order in which each person gets to choose his/her soups. How many containers does each person get? 6. Bring 6, take 6 home. The minimum number of people for this party to work is 6, but actually the more the merrier. More people means more diverse choices when the soup swapping starts.
Can’t wait for the soup swap! A freezer loaded with cold-weather comfort food. YUM!
(Some photos above are from the Soup Swap website.)
Have you got a party planned for January? Does it have a theme?