Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Something to cluck about - Recipe set 64

Happy holidays - and we're off to save another farm animal.   This time?   Chickens!   As you see, chickens are friendly and sweet, beautiful, etc.  My kitchen is decked out in chickens and roosters (even though I'm a duck girl myself, however it's hard to find duck kitchen accessories.  If you find some, you're more than welcome to send them my way!)

Ok, so why chickens?
Well let me get to the potatoes of my meal first since you asked.

4 egg yolks to make enough eggnog for 6 people.
What do they say on the tradition of this drink?

"The origins, etymology, and the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are debated. Eggnog may have originated in East Anglia, England; or it may have simply developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.The "nog" part of its name may stem from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip (from the practice of "flipping" (rapidly pouring) the mixture between two pitchers to mix it).

Another story is that the term derived from egg and grog, a common Colonial term used for the drink made with rum. Eventually, that term was shortened to egg'n'grog, then eggnog.

In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink is described in Cold Comfort Farm (chapter 21) as a Hell's Angel, made with an egg, two ounces of brandy, a teaspoonful of cream, and some chips of ice, where it is served as breakfast.

The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Triangular Trade with the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America. When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute.

The Eggnog Riot occurred at the United States Military Academy on 23–25 December 1826. Whiskey was smuggled into the barracks to make eggnog for a Christmas Day party. The incident resulted in the court-martialing of twenty cadets and one enlisted soldier."

Erm.. the eggnog riot?  Lol.  I'm pretty sure I'm probably going to make this virgin.  But you never know with me.   I just can't see spending money on a bunch of brandy, rum, or whiskey I'll not drink.   I spose they sell the little bottles?  Nah, I need more tomatoes.

Let's do some numbers:

EggNog                                 Camilla's Smart Nog
Calories - 343                                   84
Total Fat - 19                                     2      
Cholesterol -  150                               0
Sodium -   137                                   6
Total Carbs - 34                                 12
Fiber - 0                                             0
Protein - 10                                       3.5 
WW Pts - 10                                      2

Who's got the smart noggin now?

Ok, and on to the sweeter part even.

I've always had a penchant for filled donuts.  Especially bavarian cream ones.
Looks like they have origins in Austira and Bosnia.  Hrm.

In Austria, doughnut equivalents are called Krapfen. They are especially popular during Carneval season (Fasching), and do not have the typical ring shape, but instead are solid and usually filled with apricot jam (traditional) or vanilla cream (Vanillekrapfen). A second variant, called Bauernkrapfen, probably more similar to doughnuts, are made of yeast dough, and have a thick outside ring, but are very thin in the middle.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

Doughnuts similar to the Berliner are prepared in the northern Balkans, particularly in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (pokladnice or krofne). They are also called krofna, krafna or krafne, a name derived from the Austrian Krapfen for this pastry. In Croatia, they are especially popular during Carneval season and do not have the typical ring shape, but instead are solid. Traditionally, they are filled with jam (apricot or plum). However, they can be filled with vanilla or chocolate cream."

No matter how you fry or bake em, donuts (especially filled cuz I like stuff filled, gum, donuts, pies.. you name it) are of a yum factor.. and hey, chickens will eat them too!

Let's do some numbers:

Original Filled Donut                     Chicken Little's Veganuts

Calories -  210                                          198  
Total Fat -  9                                               7
Cholesterol -  235                                        0
Sodium - 270                                             95
Total Carbs - 30                                          2
Fiber - 1                                                     3
Protein - 3                                                  3
WW Pts - 6                                                2

Funny how the donuts are less "guilty" than the nog.  lol

Ok, so I'm going to work on this donut stuff Saturday.  I have sooos much to do this weekend.  I'm not feeling 100% but I've got stuff to accomplish, and lots of fun stuff at that, seems Saturday is my only option.  So, Saturday it is.  :)
So, keep it tuned, see how my work is going.. you know I'll update you on my FB page I'm sure, and if you watch me tonight, IMIGHT provide entertainment creating some 'nog'. :)

Keep it real

Music enjoyed while blogging:
My 'ethereal' station on Pandora

Current Motivation:
Getting myself healthier for the week-end

Current craving:
Baked potato, and home-made riblet, with lots of pickles.. Mmm.. dinner!

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