25 December, 2013

Christmas (Rich Dairy-free) Eggnog: Here's to Your Health!

Well, Christmas is here and it's a long time since I posted, back in September. I've written a few things but haven't managed to get back to them to finish taking the pictures. Here's the thing -- for non-professional bloggers who want to still provide a somewhat finished product, it takes one heck of a lot of time to write, edit, take pictures and edit them, and then set the whole thing up in a finished and fairly blemish-free form. Of course we do it because we want to help make the web a great place to get information and recipes and we want to make that available for anyone on any budget. For anyone, someone, like me who may have given up her job to caregive for a family member, and is on a budget so strict that it might disappear if it were stretched to buying many cookbooks. Or for young people, students, mothers, people without jobs, people who don't have much money but who still want to eat as well as they can.

So even though I don't have too much time or energy for blogging these days, I still want to do what I can. I want to contribute in my small way to what's out there and maybe do it as a thank-you to all you others who do the same, and whose recipes I use, whose words I find inspiration in, no matter how tired or discouraged I feel. And that can be fairly often, because my mom has now developed dementia on top of the Parkinson's and I'm the only sibling close enough or with the will to do anything.

But today is Christmas, so I intend to leave that all aside. We have the tree and decorations up; we have the presents opened, carols listened to, and lunch out of the way but I still have too much work left to do. I have to finish off the knitting projects for my children and make multiple batches of shortbread cookies, fix a turkey meal for my mother and try not to be disappointed that I didn't get to more. I'm also reinstalling ubuntu after running out of memory on my old installation and trying to work out all the kinks and recreate my customizations.

In the midst of all this I intend to stop for a precious time, put up my feet and enjoy a cup of homemade eggnog with just enough kick of rum to make my tummy sing, but my head remain clear.

In case you might need a pick-me up, here's the recipe. I started with the classic recipe from Joy of Cooking, but made a few shortcuts that really don't affect the quality much and make it easy to create this. It's very good.

Have a warm and wonderful Christmas, if you can. And though there's nothing especially healthy about this drink, in the physical sense, I think it may pick up your spirits. Have a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

Rich Dairy Free Eggnog -- Makes about a quart or so


6 whole eggs and 2 yolks
1/2 lb (about 2 cups, more or less, to taste) confectioner's sugar
1 cup good rum
1 pint soy coffee cream (or cream, I used Silk)
2 cups soy milk
Grated fresh nutmeg (about 1/8 - 1/4 small)


Put 6 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks in a bowl and combine with an immersion blender or use a regular blender. You can also use a bowl and whisk but that will take longer and require a bit more arm action. Beat them until they are uniform in colour and a frothy light yellow.

Add the confectioner's sugar (icing sugar) slowly and blend well until there are no lumps. Add the rum and give it a quick swirl. Add the soy coffee cream and soy milk. Grate in the fresh nutmeg and briefly blend. Whip 2 egg whites until stiff but not dry and stir them in by hand. Refrigerate for a few hours to develop the flavour.  The egg whites will separate out but you can use a whisk to blend them back in before you pour the nog. I usually serve it in a wine glass, which is a nice portion. This will keep for at least a few days--maybe.