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Food Friday: Christmas Cheer 
21st-Dec-2007 08:11 am
Egg nog.

I miss it.

I suppose I could make my own. There's a whole domain dedicated to making up a batch.

Honestly, though, I couldn't ignore the fact that it's made of raw eggs if I made it myself.

Apparently, the terminology is a corruption of 'eggs and grog' since grog was slang for rum.

I've never actually had egg nog with rum in before. My usual egg nog fix comes from Mayfield. Their egg nog is brilliant. But, then again, I really don't dislike anything they make.

I've found it interesting that the regular Christmas offering in the US1 is cookies and egg nog while in the UK it is mince pies and mulled wine.

The thing is that mulled wine includes cloves on its ingredient list. I cannot stand cloves.2 So, festive treats are pretty much a take it or leave it situation for me.

After the University Carol Service, we were invited to the Vice-Chancellor's house for mince pies and sparkling wine (and orange juice!). Even if they had said that they were serving cloves with clove icing, I still would have gone. Curiosity killed the cat...but seeing what the Vice-Chancellor looked like and having a peek at his library brought the errr...cat...back.

My favorite festive gathering however wasn't either of the two traditional variations. It was always the hot chocolate and doughnuts that my undergraduate university gave out near the end of the autumn term. Cold outside + hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts = Brilliant

What are your favorite Christmas (or other winter holiday) nibbles?

1- In my experience. I can't say what yours has been, because...well...I'm not you.
2- I suppose it is beside the point that I really don't like red wine...
21st-Dec-2007 08:29 am (UTC)
Egg Nog doesn't have to be made with raw (or nearly raw) eggs. I'm positive that Mayfield stuff wasn't, the Health Department would have their asses for making and selling egg nog with raw eggs in it.
21st-Dec-2007 08:54 am (UTC)
I'm a mince pie and mulled wine girl. I also like Xmas pud with brandy butter.
21st-Dec-2007 10:06 am (UTC)
I liked mulled wine and mince pies. I'm sure you could make some yourself without any cloves in.
21st-Dec-2007 10:46 am (UTC)
and if you get bored of egg nog, there are other nogs out there ;)
21st-Dec-2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
White chocolate pretzels and peanut brittle.

Plus Stilton, which we have a round of on Christmas Eve because instead of turkey or goose or ham we have the traditional English Sunday dinner. *g*
21st-Dec-2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'll have to make some mince pies and mulled wine this weekend. :-) But hot cider and doughnuts are high on my list this time of year, along with eggnog.
21st-Dec-2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
My great aunts (one is now 103 and the other passed away) made these cookies which are basically like Rice Krispie treats, but with Corn Flakes instead of Rice Krispies. They'd dye the marshmallow goo green, and make little wreaths out of the mixture. For the finishing touch, they'd put on cinnamon candies or red m & m's for "berries". I LOVE THEM.

Also? Mince pies. A will be getting some and saving them for when I visit.
21st-Dec-2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've had the marshmallow fluff/cornflake wreathes, mmmm!
21st-Dec-2007 04:16 pm (UTC)

Especially because my mom decided early on that they had too much fat, so she'd make potato kugel for Hanuka instead. Which is good, but not at all the same thing! (Also, missing the point, which is the oil, after all.)
21st-Dec-2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
The greatest thing about winter is that Starbucks sells peppermint mochas. I mean, you can get them at real Starbucks all year, but the ones that are in the bookshop only have it at Christmas time. And they are the best thing ever.

I loooove latkes, but they're a hassle to make that I usually only do them at Chanukkah. Same goes for my mom's cuccidati. They are annoying to make because you have to grind up the figs and everything, so she only makes them at Christmas. But they are soooooo delicious.
21st-Dec-2007 09:52 pm (UTC) - This is gonna *kill* me :-(
My favourites were:

Spiced cider (I always put in a few extra cloves; my hated spice was star anise)

Egg Nog, with either a splash of brandy or whisky, and a good sprinkle of nutmeg

Homemade English Toffee

Sugar Cookies

Mincemeat Pie (I always used Nonesuch)

A stocking full of tangerines and walnuts. Tangerines always reminded me of the holidays :-)

I think out of all of this, I can still have the handful of walnuts *lol*
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