All of a sudden Xmas doesn't seem that exciting, yes I know there is the family time, the presents, the excitement that Santa is coming and celebrating the birth of Christ.
Every year we go to 6pm mass and every year I watch as my children try to make me have a melt down in mass. There was that time the 7 year old, who was a then 3 year old decided that he would just walk up on the alter and sit in the Priests chair. Or that time the 7 year old who was a then 5 year old, tried to ride the statue donkey in the nativity scene and ended up smashing his head on baby jesus in the manager. Or the time the then 4 year old started playing tiggy with a friend and I think the alter may have been bar…
The whole time I just do that face that says "I am going to kill you when I catch you" but also says "come closer, I love you" but they sense it is a trap every time. How does one stand up in front of hundreds of people and go get their child. I prefer to pretend he is not mine and let the grandparents claim him at the end.
Back to the good things about Christmas! Christmas to me is about family and food. We have the same routine every single year. The same routine that I have done my whole life.
Christmas Eve means going to mass with the family, getting home and having a few beverages to wipe the memories of what just happened in mass, followed by finger foods, fudge, egg nog, cocktails and late night swims..
Christmas morning means waking up to a huge cooked breakfast with iced coffee ice-cream beverages and yoghurt crumble. Moving onto a delicious Christmas banquet of lunch and desserts and finishing the day with a huge dinner and more sweets to tie us over.
We then have our family boxing day tradition of going to the beach and playing drinking games, quoits and eating all those naughty delicious balls (mind out of the gutter!),you know, the christmas treats that you only get to indulge on at this time of the year.
How the hell am I going to survive the silly season sugar free?????
The obvious answer is to recreate my own versions of the things I love. Yes I can do that but obviously thats going to take a lot of time and effort on my part and time and effort are annoying. The thing I love about xmas is all the family coming together and sharing their treats. My cousin Biancia makes the best balls, my Aunty San makes the best caramel tarts. My mum has the iced coffee cream drinks down to a fine art and not to mention her mars bar slice, rum balls, apricot balls, tim tam balls, white christmas…. to name a few. I think I will need to win the lottery to make all the things that make christmas so special to me.
I thought about having Christmas as an amnesty… What happens on Christmas stays on Christmas. I know from past splurges on sugary treats, they never taste as good as I remembered anyway and everything is a thousand times more sweeter and yuck, so I probably won't eat much anyway (probably…….)The egg nog, the slices and all the things my christmas dreams are made of, may not be as delicious now that my taste buds, no longer need sugar.
I have decided that I am going to man up and try and recreate a few things I do love. The first will be Egg Nog.
Egg nog always starts off December for my family. My brother and I, are often in competition to see who can purchase the first carton of egg noggy goodness from Woolies.. This could lead to me camping outside the store on the 31st of November, just so I can rub victory in my brothers face.
The recipe for egg nog is :
- 6 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 110 grams sugar,
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 litre milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 pinches ground nutmeg
- 2 pinches ground cinnamon
- 250 grams booze!, rum, bourbon, brandy... anything you like
- 120 grams cream
RECIPE'S PREPARATION1. Fit butterfly into TM bowl. Add eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt to bowl and beat on speed 3 for 30 seconds or until blended and frothy.
2. Keeping the butterfly in place, add milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat again on speed 3 for about 20 seconds. Then cook for 10 minutes on 70 degrees, speed 3.
3. If drinking it hot, add alcohol and cream (if using). Mix for 30 seconds or so on speed 3. It should be nice and frothy by now! Serve and enjoy.
4. If drinking cold, cool the mixture in the fridge. Whip the cream in the TM until soft peaks form. Set aside. Without cleaning bowl and with butterfly still in place, return milk mixture to TM, add alcohol and blend for 30 seconds or so on speed 3. Fold in whipped cream and serve immediately
Obviously all I will have to do is substitute the sugar for dextrose. Seems easy enough… not much I can really burn or destroy, I guess. I can tick that one off my list of things to make. I would probably not use any alcohol either, because the 1 year old seems to get a bit violent on the turps. Last thing I need is baby fight club happening and the 1 year old getting on the naughty list.
So this is my first challenge. I will report back and let you know how it goes.
I apologise for the slackness in blog entries lately. Facebook keeps rubbing it in my face by telling me how many days since "my friends" have enjoyed a blog. Im sure those nigerians looking for sugar mummas are devastated by my lack of updates….
The truth is, life is exceptionally busy at the moment and my cooking skills have gone from hardcore mumma to my husband complaining that there is no food in the house, because I have not been shopping (i currently hold the record for most amount of days I have said I was going shopping but never ended up going… it stands at 8)
There is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is going to be shining like a mofo in 2 weeks time when i'm on school holidays for 6 whole weeks!!!! I promise then I will blog and maybe even cook a recipe or two.
Thanks for reading this and coming back to my site again!!