The Christmas festivities along with the awesome weather, also brought along a runny nose and a sore throat. Yep, Santa came laden with gifts but there was not much he could do to cure a common cold. So, guess who played the angel with the healing touch? My Dad!
But, before you draw any conclusions and question him on his style of parenting, let me tell you, he is a wonderfully progressive parent who knows exactly what to do and when to do it. While the paediatrician and my mother were obsessing about cough syrups, my Dad had a secret remedy. Two teaspoons of Doctor’s Brandy in a mug full of milk. And you know what, It worked!! The congestion was out the next morning and Santa was welcomed without a drippy nose. Well, okay, that doesn’t make my Dad the “Parent of the Year”, but it did make him my saviour angel!
On the other hand, my mother was the master of stealth which she would employ to feed me something nutritious. We did establish the fact in the previous blogs on how poor an eater I was in my childhood. And with Christmas around the corner, both my parents, one with his “one shot” approach to all situations and the other with her shenanigans to use any festival to feed me, had a ball of time with “EGGNOG”.
To my mother it was the most delicious and no-fuss method to get me to drink a couple of glasses of milk, with the added nutrients of egg, for my dad it was the perfect disguise for a nice hot drink to soothe down the chill of the winters. As for me, it didn’t really matter. Because at that point I could barely differentiate between the ‘one shot’ wonder or the one without it. What it did was, it led to wonderfully peaceful naps during the wintery afternoons.
So, with all the life lessons that I have learnt from my Dad, and of course my Mom, I hereby bring to you my easy and fairly cheap recipe of eggnog. You can either go my Dad’s way, or play Ms. Goody Two Shoes, and follow my Mom. That is totally up to you. Either ways, they are delicious and embrace the festive spirit. So, go for it, because, Santa doesn’t come with tissues to wipe your nose!
Milk – 1litre
Condensed milk – 3/4thcan
Eggs – 2nos
Egg yolk – 1no
Cinnamon powder – 1tbsp
Rum/Brandy – 200ml
- Add the milk to a thick bottomed pan with ½ the condensed milk required and the cinnamon powder.
- On a low flame let it come to a boil.
- While that happens, take the eggs and the egg yolks in a big bowl, and blend until creamy.
- Add the remaining condensed milk and blend further until creamier.
- Now, by this time the milk should be itching close to a boil, turn down the flame and add one ladle full of the milk mixture into the egg mixture, stirring the egg mixture continuously.
- Once the milk has been incorporated into the egg mixture, turn off the gas.
- Now very slowly, add the egg mixture into the milk on the stove, stirring the milk continuously.
- Once completely incorporated, turn on the heat on a very low flame and keep stirring the mix until it is slightly thick (about 7 to 10mins).
- Once thick, strain it through a sieve, and let it cool refrigerated for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours, in a good-looking bowl, pour the rum/brandy and add the refrigerated mixture and stir well to incorporate all of it together, well.
There you have it, the best eggnog, your guests have ever tasted. It is not to sweet, doesn’t hit them like a hard drink, but after 2 or 3 of these (which they will easily down), will make even the most stuck-up of aunts’, join in the Christmas fervour.
- For those who do not believe in my Dad’s theory of evolution, please refrain from the alcohol, for the kids, but add a bit of Irish flavouring, to just make it take JUST SO AWESOME.
Other than that, I have no really helpful tips to give, because I believe, every festival is to be celebrated with the fervour it deserves, and well, the elves, and the reindeers and Santa get cold! So have fun with the eggnog. It keeps you warm and happy. And sure, embraces the festive spirit. And while you are at it, like, comment, share and follow on Instagram and Facebook, because that just fulfils my wish this festive season. More coming up, rub your eyes and glue them for more delicacies! Until next time then, spread the CHEER!