Bourbon and Spiced Rum EggNog

Bourbon and Spiced Rum Eggnog

Yesterday was a bit of a turning point.

Since I don’t know when we had gotten a little bit lazy. We weren’t going to the gym three times a week anymore and we’d make lists and plans and just not follow through with any of them. Freya said she wanted to stay in and drink – and Mudslides were looking to be the likely candidate.

On the way home last night we needed coal (so I could work from home next week) and we were supposed to go to the gym. Traffic was terrible and we were getting a bit fed up – the coal and the gym were probably going to get postponed – AGAIN!.

Approaching Chiswick roundabout I thought – no! – stop it – get your finger out of your you know what at get the coal. So we got the coal. The gym was still debatable – but finger was out again and we went! And it was probably the best workout ever. I managed 2000 metres of rowing in 9 minutes – we did weights – treadmill – etc. It was very energetic and rewarding.

What’s this got to do with eggnog?

On the way home I said we needed a protein shake – and then we said we could probably add the protein powder to an egg nog. And the seed was sown for eggnog! Without the protein powder!

We had this drink on Christmas Day and it was amazing. It was equally amazing last night. Even more special because I served it in my vintage 1950s Dorothy Thorpe Whisky glasses – which you’ll see often on Mad Men if you watch carefully.

It’s quite labour intensive but well worth the effort.

Separate two eggs, beat caster sugar into the yolks – and caster sugar into the whites until they are stiff. This took me ages!

Then add milk, single cream, bourbon and spiced rum into the yolk mixture and gently fold in the egg whites. Serve with a grating of nutmeg.

I used Kraken rum and Makers Mark bourbon – but only because that’s all I had. There’s 100ml of each in this drink so its quite potent for two drinks each!

Much nicer than a eggnog latte from Starbucks – and I imagine cheaper too – even with all that booze!

Green Smoothie – Green Love

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According to Honestly Healthy for Life ‘there is no better way to start the day than with an alkalising green smoothie’. I beg to differ – I can name several things; who doesn’t like a brew in the morning!

There’s something weird about drinking green stuff. Especially when that green stuff is spinach and parsley. In fairness it is also blended with mango, an apple, chia seeds and coconut water.

It’s very thick. I think it weirded Freya out – especially when I took a big gulp and it all got stuck in my beard and moustache! I guess you could add more coconut water to make it thinner!

You can certainly taste the parsley, and smell it.

I’ve already drunk mine and am on a second glass. It’s supposed to keep your blood sugar levels up – which is good to know!

There are four variations of smoothie in the book, five if you include swapping out the spinach in our one for kale. This one was called ‘Green Love’. They are all quite different. If I ever make them I’ll be sure to review them.

We think that a blob of creme fraiche, some parsley on top, ladled into a bowl, would make a lovely cold soup starter for a nice summer’s day dinner. Or to keep it vegan you could put a garlic and tahini dressing on top. Who knows!

We’re off to the boat today to get some finishing touches applied to a ‘fast approaching finished’ boat.

The sun is out, there’s no wind. There’s no chance of rain. The day is looking good. What’s more, my dizziness has gone so I can get back to normal and stop worrying about having a terminal illness. With all that spinach drink – third glass now – I’m sure to adopt some Popeye super powers in the next few hours.

Olive!