What came first- the chickens or the blog?


on December 19, 2012


Like most of you, it’s been a very busy December so my apologies for blog silence while I’ve been shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking etc etc.
But its been business as usual for the Gillybirds, laying two or three eggs daily. After slipping in the early morning darkness at the weekend and giving myself a cracking bruise on my leg I have been delaying opening the coop until there is a little daylight, usually around 8am, and they are all tucked up in bed by 4.30. Apart from the usual recipes to use up surplus eggs, I have been checking out some more traditional Festive recipes.
And what better recipe to start with than Eggnog!
Eggnog, or egg nog, is a sweetened dairy-based drink traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture). Brandy, rum, whisky, bourbon, vodka, or a combination of liquors are often added. The finished serving is often garnished with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg. I can’t think of anything I’d like less 😦
Eggnog is popular in the United States and Canada, and is usually associated with winter celebrations such as Christmas. Eggnog may be added as a flavouring to food or drinks such as coffee and tea. Eggnog as a custard can also be used as an ice cream base.
Eggnog may have originated in East Anglia, England; or it may have simply developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. The “nog” part of its name may stem from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip (from the practice of “flipping” (rapidly pouring) the mixture between two pitchers to mix it).
Another story is that the term derived from egg and grog, a common Colonial term used for the drink made with rum. Eventually, that term was shortened to egg’n’grog, then eggnog.
Well, wherever it comes from, I certainly have never been offered it, and don’t intend introducing it into the Gillybirds Christmas fare.
For those of you who fancy a go there are plenty of recipes online.
Nigella’s Nog
BBC standard

For those of you up to your eyes in tinsel and turkey, here’s one I prepared earlier 🙂
6 sleeps to go!


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