As little as possible, besides scouring 2 web sites for clues on what to send my two swap mates, and pawing through all my stashes to see what made me think of which new mate. Fun? You betcha!
Besides the obligatory washing, cleaning, cooking, etc., I also tried me hand at making ice milk. Ice milk?, you ask. That was the thing back in the … whenever it was that Americans started getting paranoid about the cream in their milk.
I scalded the remnants of my quart of nonfat milk (not having evaporated milk on hand), stirred in a few cubes of very dark chocolate, and stuck it in the freezer. Then eagerly stirred it every half hour or so, trying to replicate the effects of churning ~ remembering mum doing that when making ice cream in those old metal ice cube trays in the early 60s, before dad got an ice cream churn.
Mine turned out hard as a rock, and unsuitable for anything except a very slushy but delicious, milk shake. After thawing for several hours in the frig, that is. Might try the frozen custard recipe next, with half-n-half….
But I did mix up a batch of Josée’s delicious double chocolate coconut (which I add for chewiness) brownies that I bake in a square pan instead of as muffins. Yes, I know they have to bake longer that way, & I don’t do them in the summer, but I was desperation! I get 16 pieces from the pan, and I know the 12 cupcakes wouldn’t last nearly as long.
And my swap mates’ boxes are In The Mail ~ yeah ! ! !
Teresa down in Rio will get hers in… a couple of weeks, probably, after clearing customs, but my secret notions swap mate will get hers this week! Hope they’re both pleased, and have as much fun with the contents as I had picking them out!