The very name “eggnog” sounds magical to my ears, like something Mr Tumnus or Mrs Beaver would serve up to keep out the wintery Narnian chill. Possibly it really does have actual magical properties because not only does one slurp bewitch you into dreaming of the winter holidays, it’s medicinal credentials are as potent as a well crafted restorative spell too. I’m not going to go into the individual benefits of each ingredient. Look them up if you like. Or read Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. But it’s worth knowing that it’s the combination of ingredients that makes the recipe nutritionally greater than the sum of its parts.
Served cold for breakfast it keeps me going until lunchtime. Served warm (not hot) and whisked to a froth at night and I know I’m in for a good nights sleep. Right now I’m dozing over my smartphone as I post this and it’s still an hour away from my bedtime.
But enough chat from me. (I really am falling asleep.) Whisk the following: 2 egg yolks, a cup which is part full fat milk and part cream (according to preference), a pinch of vanilla powder, a shake of ground cinnamon, a tiny grating of nutmeg and some type of natural sweetener (honey or Stevia are my personal favourites) and serve. Yep, it’s as simple as that. Whether or not you choose to add brandy / rum / whisky / an incantation is entirely up to you. But I think that Mr Tumnus would have simply poured it into a china mug, stirred it with a hot poker and sipped it in front of a toasty open fire. Good night!