Early purchase of eggnog u s e f u l i n c a k e a n d s mo o t h i e
Although it is considered a seasonal Christmas treat, commercial containers of eggnog appear on store shelves long before the Yule season, and even at other times of the year. In Medieval Britain, drinks with eggs (possets) were used to toast prosperity and good health and were usually only available to the wealthy. By the 13th century, monks were known to drink a posset made from eggs and figs. The drink, laced with rum, ventured to North America in the 1700s but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the term “eggnog” was generally accepted for the drink of eggs, cream, rum, nutmeg and other spices. To be authentic, the drink should be consumed from a wooden cup, known as a noggin. This week’s recipes use commercial eggnog in a cake and a smoothie.