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fleeting thoughts like the clouds in the nog

  • Dec. 13th, 2010 at 11:59 PM
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One of my earliest memories involves egg nog. I recall waking up because I heard my parents talking and I came out into the kitchen area and found them sitting about and having egg nog. I recognized the buttery yellow carton that Darigold eggnog came in. I might not have been able to read but I knew that carton was special. I have such a fondness for that stuff when I spy it in the grocery store every holiday season with its recipe on the back for "egg nog french toast". (Which is brilliantly simple)
Some like to cut theirs with milk but I like mine full strength. Just a small glass. My toes wiggle and I can't help but smile.
Equally it is fun to make egg nog. It is a bit thinner than store-bought but it has its own special appeal and you can control the sweetness or spice. When I was a kid I went to a Christmas party at the public library and there was an egg nog that was barely sweetened but had a healthy dose of freshly grated nutmeg that was enticing. It was like tasting the spice for the first time but softened with the milkiness of the beverage.

I have been reading a book about the period immediately following the Great War and there is a section of the book that talks about a hospital that was created to help rebuild the faces of men who had been horribly injured. The doctors were doing some amazing work in the early field of reconstructive surgery and it would take a long time to do the work and to recover. Often the men in various stages of healing couldn't really eat or drink much (as it was painful) but one thing many could ingest was egg nog. It was high in calories and provided protein. The hospital had its own farm with chickens and cows to make this drink. It reminded me of something my Mother mentioned. When she had braces as a kid -it was pretty painful when they would tighten things and it made eating a bother. My Grandmother would make my Mom some egg nog. Her recipe involved whipped egg whites so it was rather frothy.

Eggnog of solace

Beat six egg yolks together with 1/3 cup of sugar. (some like more, some like less but you can always add a bit more) Whisk in 1 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cups of cream. Ideally you want to use whole milk and considering what you are making the idea of going light just seems a bit silly. It is also Christmas. You want the full experience. I won't judge you too harshly. Then add 1/4 cup of bourbon *hic* and 2 Tbs of brandy. Again you can add more if you feel that you really need to relax all those muscles. After all Aunt Madge is likely bringing her yams & marshmallows and you have to get it down somehow. (you can always omit the alcohol but let's not) Put that in the fridge to chill for a bit. (at least an hour or so) This will allow the alcohol to kill anything that wants to kill you and allows some of the flavors to mingle with each other like they are at an office Christmas party. Like the one in The Apartment. When you want to serve this you will take your six egg whites and whip them up until they form stiff peaks. As if you were going to make meringue. Gently fold these beautiful clouds into the nog. You don't want to crush them. It isn't like you are Mommie Dearest trying to ruin their hopes and dreams. They should float gently on the surface and just ever so slightly begin to melt into the nog. Just like you will after a couple of drinks. Sprinkle Nutmeg on top for a garnish. Or if you want to do something a little different why not sprinkle some cardamom on top. It will be spicy and citrusy but not overwhelm the rest of the nog. This should make about six servings if you are in the mood to share.

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ms_pooka wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
bourbon. gads! speaking of early memories, my dad used to come home from work on friday evenings and have a bourbon and coke and would let me have a sip, thinking it was just coke. nasty!

and now, looking back, i'm a little surprised they would allow us to sip alcohol. my sister claims she was given a beer as a toddler, but i'm not so sure she didn't just steal it.
au_gout wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I remember taking sips of my Dad's beer. I would taste it and think it was disgusting.
needlediva wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
as you know, my mother was not a particularly motherly sort of person. but her making this for me (in little one-egg portions, sans alcohol) when i felt awful was very comforting. i forgive her a lot, just for the eggnogs.
au_gout wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
She had her moments of knowing what a person needed.
needlediva wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
and yes, back in the olden days, giving little children sips of alcoholic beverages was standard practice. different times.
au_gout wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
*hic* didn't hurt too much.
upna wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
O.M.G Do you know how much I want to make eggnog?! But I didn't have a recipe and I didn't feel up to consulting Martha or Williams-Sonoma or whoever else is formidable. I helped myself to two half glasses at the house I was babysitting last night. I spied the Darigold container and could not help it. It was delicious. I love eggnog.
au_gout wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Darigold eggnog makes people do all kinds of things.
robiewankenobie wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
one times? my friend decided to make the real egg nogs? and i had it for the first times? and i got really really drunks on it. then i went to see the movie sneakers (before your time) and was terribly confuzled.

(i can't find it online, but it's worth a rental - try it with eggnog, it will be nifty)
au_gout wrote:
Jan. 28th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the movie Sneakers. (I believe I saw it in the theaters...)

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