Monday, December 27, 2010

Nog Circus

Prior to Christmas day dinner, I was sitting at the dining room table playing a board game with two of the boys, and R. was behind us in the kitchen whisking & whipping eggs & cream for his nog concoction: double boilers, nutmeg grater, eggshells, rum, vanilla, etc., when suddenly he let out a terrific yelp, dropped the stainless steel bowl of hot nog, which sent the eggy froth splashing in a lateral, circumferential sweep of the kitchen, managing to hit counters, hardwood floor, fridge, cupboards, cat dishes, windows, stovetop, rug, blender, toaster, microwave, wine glasses, champagne glasses, ferns, chairs, sink, dishwasher....did I miss anything? WHAT A MESS. He incurred a steam burn on one of his hands, nothing serious, but sharply painful, resulting in the sudden & fierce gravitational pull of the bowl. Paul and I jumped in with towels as R. ran his hand under a steady stream of cold water. Luckily, it was a rather large quantity of eggnog in the bowl, so all was not lost. It's amazing, though, how such a small amount becomes a really large amount when measured in splishes, droplets, dribbles and flat puddles.

(Note: the finished product, after all was sopped up, was sublime. The perfect accompaniment to my pecan pie, which I flavor with vanilla extract, Cognac, plus a splash of cheap Mexican vanilla.)

10 comments:

  1. After all that excitement, I'm wondering if you returned to your board (bored) game?

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  2. Ack! I've burned my hand melting chocolate over a double boiler -- hurts like. Glad the remaining drink was good -- don't know if I've ever had freshly made nog.

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  3. Ow! I can't tell you the times I've suffered Kitchen Ows - I am a danger in the kitchen, though I am getting better :-D

    Thanks for stopping by my place - with our horse-less selves *sigh*

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  4. Hi, I'm Eddie, and here from the lovely Matguerite @ Cajun Delights to congtratulate you as a fellow recipient of her "Making Smiles On Faces Award". My culinary skills are very limited so it is with awe I look at her wonderful creations. I think if she saw mine she would have to give me a special award LOL "Hysterics - Burnt offerings in the kitchen". LOL
    Marguerite and I have been great blogging pals for about a year and she thinks I am very Canaille and has made me an honorary Cajun. As it is I am a Brit and ex ambulance man and boy, we've had our fair share of snow this year - 4 weeks of it - the worst winter since records began in 1910.
    You treated the steam burn in the best way. Nasty things are burns - glad more serious damage was not done . . . . and you were able to save some Eggnog.
    Like the blog very much ~ I'll return if I may.
    Best wishes for 2011 and hope you had a very Happy Christmas ~ Eddie

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  5. wild evenings y'all have out there on the West Coast!
    glad that you all survived with minor injuries, altho i empathize with R.: those scaldy kind of burns can hurt for quite a while.
    cheers to you T.! and happy almost new year (stop by the twisted knickers for NY's eve party, ok?)
    xo
    susan

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  6. Cro, definitely not 'bored'!

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  7. Tara, I'm surprised you've not made nog before, being the fantastic cook that you are! It's easy, and a completely different animal from the store-bought crap.

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  8. Kathryn, one of my rules in the kitchen (for myself) is no glass of wine until after I'm done using knives. Too many fingertips in the stew do not a good stew make. Ack!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Eddie, nice to see you here! Marguerite is amazing. She's my go-to person for all things Louisiana. I'm a big fan of southern cooking, and her repository of recipes is a treasure trove.

    Cheers -- and stay warm!

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  10. Susan, well, it is the Wild West. (Actually, it's more like the provinces, but it's nice to have a more risque reputation. Ha!)

    Happy to New Year to you, on the other side of the continent!

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