“Egg”nog is such a classic beverage, reminding me of the chilly, winter Christmas season I experienced for many years living in Canada. Of course the reality for me again is summer enjoying cold icy drinks by the pool, a scenario where eggnog usually does not enter the picture.
Growing up in Australia I can never recall having egg nog and my only knowledge of eggnog was formed from television shows depicting a snowy North American scene at Christmas, a roaring fire, a cosy house and a glasses of eggnog being passed around.
I am not a traditionalist at all when it comes to this time of year, I find Christmas to be too commercial and consumer driven and I prefer to avoid this buying for the sake of buying attitude. Of course there are frugal and simple ways to enjoy the season and making food is one way my family chooses to enjoy this time of year.
Last night Big G mentioned a few “ideas” for recipes he would like to see on Vee’s Easy Vegan. Eggnog was one of his suggestions perhaps to take him back to what he knows at this time of year. I put together eggnog in name only and without the rum which often accompanies the adult version of this drink.
Traditional eggnog includes milk, cream and sometimes raw egg, not my idea of a good time. Eggnog minus the booze is perfectly fine and equally delicious.
Enjoy this spicy beverage however you decide to dress it up.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3 TBS coconut cream
- 1 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric ( for color)
- 4 TBS maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Blend all ingredient for at least 2 minutes
- Garnish with powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, a cinnamon stick
- Increase ingredients as required
This week I found some things lurking in my fridge that turned out to be waste. When I was cleaning out the fridge and looking at what was in there I placed everything on the bench. I could see a bag of rotting greens ( again!) and some grapes that had been hidden and were starting to go brown at the top.
I left this waste alone and went about my business only to return to find little g had eaten most of the bowl of grapes. She did not seem to mind the brown bits though I did take a few away and cut the tops off them. I guess the secret is to leave waste out and see what happens!
In the end the waste turned out to be the last bits of the bag of greens and that is it. This will be the last of the store bought leafy greens for a while as we have an abundance of spinach, lettuce, watercress and pak choy with rocket, more lettuce and spinach and beet greens coming up as well.
The rest of the fridge is looking clear. The very hot weather we are having means less cooking and more salads so I am using perishable items quickly though obviously not quick enough for some things based on the waste this week.
I am still concentrating on areas of waste in the rest of the kitchen. My freezer is next and it is a little daunting. Next week I will share what I have discovered. Stay tuned!
Have a fabulous week.
Have you been paying attention to food waste lately? How does your fridge look?
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