It’s Fermenting For Foodies third birthday! And I wanted to celebrate with a fiesta inspired cupcake worthy of all Cinco de Mayo celebrations….
A good glassful of eggnog is definitely a tradition in our house! With brandy for the adults and without for the kids, what could be more enjoyable?
In the world of eggnog there are two different kinds… a thicker, cooked, custard-like eggnog that is usually what you find in your grocery store. This recipe is for a light and frothy uncooked version of eggnog. I like it better because it has all the delicious flavour of a cooked eggnog, but using cultured dairy means that it packs a probiotic punch! It’s also quicker to make (whipped up in 5 minutes top) and uses whole eggs rather than just a ton of yolks.
- 4 egg yolks
- ⅓ cup sugar (see notes)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 egg whites
- 3 ounces golden rum (optional)
- In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until lightening in colour.
- Add in sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
- Stir in milk, cream, and nutmeg.
- In a separate container whip egg whites with 1 tbsp sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Stir egg whites into the egg yolk mixture and serve immediately or refrigerate and serve within 3 hours.
-I used powdered date sugar, but powdered white sugar is traditional (for quick dissolving). You could also use any powdered sweetener for sweetness.
-Use cultured milk and cream for a probiotic drink!
-You can add the rum into the yolk mixture, or leave it out to add to individual drinks.
We made eggnog for our tree decorating day… and though I took lovely pictures of my eggnog, the rest of the house was a mess!
It’s officially the Holiday Season! And if you’re anything like me… then you know the value of a good old-fashioned homemade gift. Homemade ferments are a unique gift that is sure to be appreciated by all your foodie friends. Most ferments can last outside of the fridge long enough to be unwrapped and enjoyed. Just be sure to stick a note in your card letting everyone know that it’s best to keep things refrigerated so that they will last.
If you’re uncertain what ferments make good gifts, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Seriously… who doesn’t love fermented vegetables? Whether you choose something simple, like a jar of sauerkraut, or a more exotic kimchi, it’s sure to be loved. My favourites are my Grandma’s pickles recipe and fermented cocktail onions. They both have a level of sass and sophistication that simply must not be missed.
Marinated Cheese Balls
All cheese is good… even vegan cheese. However, cheese balls are amazing. You can spread them on crackers, bread or vegetable slices. They look so pretty in a canning jar and would definitely make a great gift for any cheese lover.
I love grainy mustard. I love homemade hot sauce. I love zucchini relish, apple chutney and salsa. You really can’t go wrong with gifting condiments. This year I’m handing out jars of nasturtium capers and savoury plum sauce for my holiday gifts.
A homemade fermented fruit wine would make a very traditional gift. Don’t feel like you need to be bounded by that. Giving someone a flip-top bottle filled with a seasonally inspired kombucha or water kefir would definitely make your friends and family smile. And if you don’t have a SCOBY living in your house, make some ginger ale! Just be sure to keep these bottles in the refrigerator because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise. 😉
Meanwhile, my holiday gift to you, my lovely readers, is in the works. I have been playing around with my sourdough again… and I have some amazing recipes coming your way!
It’s the Holiday Season! Don’t wait for the new year to start developing your fermentation skills, start fermenting now! Here are some party friendly recipes for all your holiday celebrations.
Marinated Cheese Balls
I decided to start with a few savoury recipes before transitioning to some sweeter ferments. These cheese balls are amazing. You can spread them on crackers, bread or vegetable slices. They look so pretty in a canning jar and would definitely make a nice gift for any cheese lover.
Seriously… what kind of appys and cocktail party would be complete without some pickled onions eaten off of a tooth pick? Fermenting pickled onions adds that level of sass and sophistication that simply must not be missed. These are so much better than your usual store bought cocktail onions that you definitely need to have a jar of these in your fermentation larder.
Of course you could make a sweet fermented Cranberry Sauce, but why not try this savoury fermented cranberry relish to add a bit of flare to your holiday meals? Personally, I love, love, LOVE it with cheese. It’s a party-perfect condiment every time!
Mincemeat provides that bridge between savoury and sweet. Officially it started out as another way of preserving rich fruit and nuts for winter eating. It is now a holiday staple, often eaten as a tart filling. However, I enjoy mincemeat as a delicious accompaniment to a cheese board.
Candy Cane Ice Cream
I love probiotic ice cream. I’m such a believer in the benefits of a “daily probiotic” requirement (right up there with vegetables in my view of the world), and I love sneaking probiotics into unexpected places. I actually turned most of this candy cane ice cream into a cake for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday (another seasonal celebration in our household).
Seriously… probiotic truffles… maybe it doesn’t waylay all the guilt involved in indulging in this delicious treat… but it helps! It also makes a great gift.
Fruit Juice Cocktails
If the season has left you feeling like you need to save some money… here’s an easy way to turn juice into a sparkling alcoholic drink! Even if you don’t need to save money, aren’t you curious to find out what pomegranate juice might taste like after it’s been fermented into an alcoholic drink? Add a sprig of mint and you’ve got something seasonally delicious!