Hailing from South Africa, there's definitely been a bit of a learning curve when it comes to American holiday traditions. When I originally came to the USA for a culinary internship in the latter part of 2013, my first taste of typical American traditions was Christmas. It was definitely fun to try everything, as seen on the internet and movies, for myself for the first time. One particular tradition I was very curious to try was eggnog and at first I was pretty disappointed (boo hoo ????). I never realized that it's an alcoholic beverage...
Of course, since I'm not someone that gives up on stuff that easily, I went home, did a little research and ended up whipping up a batch of eggnog for myself at home - sans alcohol. This time, I absolutely loved it! Eggnog for president!
Over the next couple of years when the whole food, low-carb movement started rising to the forefront, I adapted my go-to eggnog recipe to be low-carb friendly - And that's what's on the menu today - my Simple Low-Carb Eggnog.
For this recipe, I prefer cooking the eggs, because nowadays it feels like even when you buy free-range organic eggs from the supermarket, you can never be fully sure where they came from or even exactly how old they are. So, it's just a little safety precaution. Using raw honey to sweeten the eggnog, you also only consume about half a tablespoon per serving. Which is not only way less than the daily low-carb diet honey allowance, but also very good for you if you use local raw honey. Win-win.
The whole thing needs about 10-15 minutes of hands-on time, a good nights rest in the fridge and you're ready to go! Yummeh!
So, as you may or may not know, I usually give some life-updates at the end of every post. So, for this week's update, I am sad to say that there are no updates and by that I mean that we are still waiting on our baby - T minus 39 weeks and showing absolutely no signs that he is ready to move out of his comfy belly house ????. Because of us building a whole tiny house during the course of my pregnancy, the last 9 months FLASHED by. Now that we're moved in and have spent the last couple of weeks unpacking and are pretty much settled in - the days are just dragging by. We're MORE than ready to meet our baby and enjoy the rest of 2016 snuggled up cosily in our tiny house.
Also on the topic of tiny house - we're expecting 2 visitors towards the end of this week. My mom is flying in from South Africa and my sister Zellie driving down from DC to meet their first grandchild/nephew. It will be fun to see how we manage four people and baby in a tiny house for a couple of weeks, but at least I've already got the simple low-carb eggnog ready!
Sugar Free Eggnog
- 4 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 8 egg yolks
- 4 tablespoon raw honey (adjust honey content to your own personal dietary preferences)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- to taste rum (optional)
- Heat up the milk, heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large saucepan.
- While the milk mixture heats up, whisk the egg yolks and honey together until light and fluffly.
- When the milk mixture starts to steam, not boil, slowly add a ladle of it to the egg mix while whisking continuously.
- Now that the eggs are tempered, add it back to the saucepan with the rest of the milk mixture and bring it back to almost boiling. It will start to thicken a little bit.
- Pour the eggnog into a mixing bowl and leave to cool in the fridge overnight.
Tips and Tricks:1. If you would like to add rum to your eggnog - mix it in at the very end, right before placing it in the refridgerator.
Pin It! Simple Low-Carb Eggnog!
This is not “real eggnog”, but it’s a healthier alternatives and is very delicious!