It all started with a sandwich: a divine, roast pork shoulder sandwich, seasoned with garlic and rosemary, balanced by a spicy-acidic cabbage and radish slaw. When sdebrango posted this recipe to Food52 -- it would go on to win Community Pick status in the Your Best Cheap Feast contest, most deservedly -- I decided I needed to taste it, preferably as soon as possible.
And since I already knew Suzanne, also known as sdebrango, to be a great hostess of potlucks, I suggested we all throw one -- and I offered to bring a glut of homemade ice creams in exchange.
Sdebrango, of course, made her portable pork sandwiches. The pork was perfect, tender and falling off the bone, and the slaw acted as a perfect foil. These sandwiches were messy in the best possible way.
Fig and Quince brought a variety of springtime Persian treats. First up was Tut, a mulberry-shaped sweet made from ground almonds, cardamom, and rosewater.
She also brought spring green almonds and sour green plums.
Queensashy brought her very fancy Brandied Tropical Fruit Cake, a warm-weather version of Sri Lankan Christmas cake, and a batch of sweet and salty Fig and Rosemary Cocktail Cookies. I contributed ice cream, as promised -- batches of Ginger and Raspberry Jam, Vanilla Chocolate Fudge, and Vanilla-Mascarpone with Roasted Pears, all using top-quality milk, cream, and eggs from the Hudson Valley.
Happy, full Food52ers after their Brooklyn potluck.
Cristina is a writer, cook, and day job real estate developer. She studied literature, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing, and completed the Basic Cuisine course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She lives in Jersey City with her husband--a Frenchman she met in Spain--and their sweet black cat, Minou. Follow her writings, recipes, publications and photography at theroamingkitchen.com.