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Monday, November 27, 2006

Dude, noggin!

One of the movies that our soon-to-be-three-year-old Yonah loooves is 'Finding Nemo'.  He knows a lot of the dialog by heart and can hum along with much of the score (that's my boy!).  But I found out not long ago that his favorite part of the film is a little aside where one of the sea turtles (surfer-dude types) says to his son "Dude... noggin!" and they proceed to bump their heads together in greeting.

I found out about Yonah's fixation with this exchange early one Friday morning while I was stretched out on the couch reading.  Yonah tore himself away from the movie and climbed onto my chest.  Once he was in position he planted his little hands on my shoulders so that his face was a few inches from my own and shouted "Dude... noggin!" at me with a big grin on his face.

I, of course had no idea what he was talking about (having been deeply engrossed in my New Yorker magazine) and simply smiled up into the smiling face of my beautiful little boy.

The next moment I was writhing on the floor, semi-conscious... with a small trickle of blood coming from my nose.  It seems his social-head-butting skills were still pretty rudimentary and he needed a little work on his aim.   In his youthful enthusiasm he had smacked his ample forehead directly into the bridge of my nose!

Of course, Yonah was upset at having been unceremoniously tossed off my chest (I'm not sure he understood yet that he had hurt me) and he started crying. 

After drying his tears and putting a bag of frozen peas on my aching nose, I decided that some head-butting practice might be in order.  I pointed out a couple of times where contact had to be made and explained that one needn't make contact as if with a soccer ball at the World Cup finals... just a nice, social tap of the upper forehead.

I think he gets it now, although he still occasionally stuns me with an over-enthusiastic 'noggin'.  :-)

I've shared this story today because I've had another sort of 'noggin' in my mind over the past few days;  Specifically Egg Nog-in!

This is the time of year when all the US supermarkets are well stocked with this yummy seasonal treat... and those of us who are living abroad begin yearning for its smooth, creamy goodness. 

So, for those of you who can't find Egg Nog in your local dairy case, here are a few recipes:

Egg Nog Version One (source here):


1 whole egg
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk [I use light/cooking cream]


Beat the egg with the sugar and salt and pour into a 10-ounce highball glass. Add vanilla and milk and stir to mix. Grate a little nutmeg on top.

Serves One

Egg Nog Version Two (source here):


6 eggs
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup brandy
1/3 cup dark rum (Captain Morgan for best flavor, but Myers is OK)
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups milk


All liquids should be very cold. Refrigerate in advance.
Beat the eggs for 2 or 3 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed until very frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Turn the mixer off and stir in the cold brandy, rum, whipping cream and milk Chill before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with more nutmeg.

Makes about 2-1/2 quarts.

Egg Nog Version Three (source same as version 2)


12 eggs, separated
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
1-1/2 quarts (6 cups heavy cream)
3 cups bourbon
1/2 cup dark rum
2 cups cognac
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened


In a very large bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add the sugar and nutmeg, and beat until well mixed. Using a wire whisk, beat in the milk, 4 cups of the heavy cream, bourbon, rum and cognac. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Before serving, beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff, and fold into the egg mixture. Whip the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream, and fold into the egg mixture. Fold in the ice cream, gently stirring to combine all ingredients. Sprinkle individual servings with additional nutmeg.

Eggnog can be refrigerated; however, the cream will rise to the top. Stir the mixture gently to recombine before serving. The amount of liquor can be adjusted to taste.

This recipe will make a punch bowl full of eggnog.

Note: If there is a big problem with eggs in your region, you may not want to prepare these recipes.  However, please note that you can slowly heat the egg mixture portion of the recipe in a sauce pan over a low flame until a reliable thermometer shows it has reached a uniform temperature of at least 165° F... then chill overnight.  I can't promise the resulting eggnog will taste or feel exactly the same... but at least you won't have to worry about salmonella.


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You know, I don't think I've ever tasted egg nog. That being said, slurping down uncooked eggs doesn't sound very appetizing.

Posted by: Fern | Nov 27, 2006 1:09:16 PM


Posted by: Doctor Bean | Nov 27, 2006 1:42:41 PM

My four year-old daughter laughs at the part where they want to initiate Nemo into the tank and call him "Shark Bait Hoo Ha Ha"

Posted by: A Simple Jew | Nov 27, 2006 2:08:00 PM

Ah, what's mild concussion when you have a loving, talking son... Seriously though, he's maybe going to be in very serious trouble if he goes to a preschool group or daycare with that particular line in greetings. Headbutting kids get marked out in any educational group as bad news, even if they think they're doing safe versions. They're just too young to be able to make that sort of fine judgement; it's a bit like judgements about crossing roads. There's probably a great PhD for some alert psych student there....

Posted by: Judy | Nov 27, 2006 2:09:35 PM



Oh, that's rich. ::wipes tear from eye.::

Posted by: Sarah | Nov 27, 2006 2:26:29 PM

LOL (except for the bloody pain nose part)

Those "Finding Nemo" turtles are great.

Never had egg nog though... they actually have raw eggs in them? Ick... i guess it's egg creams that lack the salmonella.

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Nov 27, 2006 2:29:31 PM

We love "Finding Nemo" and as parents can totally relate to Marlin's difficult time with 'letting go.' We always end up with tissues at the end of that movie. My kids love the sea turtle part, and same as ASJ, the initiation scene where Nemo is named Shark Bait, and has to swim through the ring of fire on "Mount Wannahockalugie" :-)

Can I reprint your Egg Nog recipes at the Diner?

Posted by: Ezer Knegdo | Nov 27, 2006 4:43:55 PM

We have that movie in Hebrew...really funny to hear "pidyon-karish, whoohahah" as "shark-bait". Funny in general, actually. probably marginally more educational.

Posted by: Tzipster91 | Nov 27, 2006 4:47:51 PM

Great movie and good taste by Yonah to choose the 'cool' part of the movie to emulate! Love that boy of yours. Give him a big kiss on the back of the neck from his Auntie Val.

Posted by: val | Nov 27, 2006 5:48:00 PM

Better to receive than give

Should have been the title of this post.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 27, 2006 5:56:25 PM

I've never had egg-nog either, though I'd love to try it...

Posted by: Irina | Nov 27, 2006 9:20:23 PM


great movie :) yonah made a good choice!

Posted by: Sarah | Nov 28, 2006 12:22:47 AM

i love those turtles! And i love you for making me laugh with your story (both your blog and your comment on mine). Thank you.

Posted by: mercurial scribe | Nov 28, 2006 3:12:10 AM

LOL! Not a fan of egg nog (ducks for cover), but definitely a fan of Yonah stories...keep 'em coming!

Posted by: mcaryeh | Nov 28, 2006 8:32:02 AM

What self-respecting Jew drinks raw eggs? Jews eat their eggs well cooked - either on the seder plate or in the cholent! Sort of fits in with the comparison between Jews and eggs - the more you cook them, the harder they get (we survive despite persecution).

Posted by: westbankmama | Nov 28, 2006 9:36:15 AM

Too much Egg nog will also leave you semi conscious on the floor...

Posted by: gilly | Nov 28, 2006 12:44:56 PM

Cute. Dude.


Posted by: Account Deleted | Nov 28, 2006 1:59:30 PM

Egg Nog? Bei Treppenwitz?

OK, all I will say about Egg Nog is that - yes, it may sound disgusting, what with all those raw eggs and what-not, but it is insidiously good. I try to limit my consumption to - at most - one cup per year. That's because it's a Fat-Ass and Heart-Attack, all in one convenient little glass.

Think of it as a goyisch gogl-mogl.

Egg Noggin, duuude!

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 28, 2006 3:03:24 PM

Fern... Do you use mayonnaise? If so, you have been slurping down raw eggs for some time now. :-) Seriously, it is delicious and tastes nothing like you'd imagine.

Doctor Bean... Indeed. :-)

A Simple Jew... Yonah always yells the words along with that part of the movie too.

Judy... Not to worry. So far he seems to get that this is a father/son thing.

Sarah... always happy to take one for your amusement. :-)

Steg... As I said to Fern... if you've eaten mayonnaise on anything you've been consuming raw eggs.

Ezer Knegdo... Please feel free to reprint them. However, they aren't mine so please credit and link the sources I have provided.

Tzipster91... I haven't seen it yet in Hebrew. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it.

Val... OK... If I have to! :-)

Jack... Hindsight = 20/20. :-)

Irina... So go to your local market and pick up a quart in the dairy case. Let me know what you think.

Sarah... I'm assuming you're talking about his taste in films... not his penchant for violence against his dad.

mercurial scribe... My work is done here. :-)

mcaryeh... G-d willing there will be many, many more.

westbankmama... 'Al ta'am v'reyach... ' :-)

Gilly... Depends on what you put in it. I love it without alcohol as well.

a. ... Thanks. I can't wait to get an update on your new digs.

Elisson... I knew I could count on you to understand the finer things in life.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Nov 28, 2006 4:11:24 PM

Will do. thanks!

Posted by: Ezer Knegdo | Nov 28, 2006 5:50:34 PM

Eggnog ... mmm ... haven't had one in years. But it was so incredibly, wonderfully good that I still remember the last one I had.

Funny, though: when I read "noggin," the first thing I thought of was what would be the Yiddish pronunciation for the imperative form of the Hebrew word "nagen" -- as in: "Play some music!"

Posted by: Rahel | Nov 28, 2006 8:49:44 PM

I could have sworn it meant this noggin when you mentioned your 3 yr old.

Posted by: Jewish Blgomeister | Nov 28, 2006 10:41:55 PM

JB: WHAT a COOL site link! I am positively DROOLING over their graphics! :-)

Thank you!

Posted by: zahava | Nov 29, 2006 9:29:42 AM

That's right you do graphics..I forgot didn't you do Barock orchestra's logo or something like that?

Posted by: Jewish Blogmeister | Nov 30, 2006 2:59:40 PM

Another eggnog suggestion (especially if you're making it alcoholic) is to add in a little Amaretto.

Posted by: Daboysof905 | Nov 30, 2006 7:53:30 PM

Your eggnog will make a great addition to my De-Christmasification Crusade:


Posted by: Daboysof905 | Dec 6, 2006 8:27:47 PM

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