Friday, November 19, 2004

Banana Mocknog

My Florida cousin Rich reminds me that this is eggnog season, and I like his observation that "even if you are a Grinch...and for some odd reason don't like eggnog you've got to admit it is a fun word to say: 'Eggnog'. Those two short syllables with dominating vowel sounds and the alliterative 'G' closing each syllable - say it over and over and it feels like your tongue is doing a little dance."

Of course "banana" as in "bananafannafoefannafeefifoefannabanana" can be fun, too, which brings me to this recipe for Banana Mocknog...

    1 banana that's starting to turn brown
    1 cup of crushed ice
    1/4 cup of milk
    a few drops vanilla extract
    a dash of nutmeg
    a dash of cinnamon
Throw this all in your blender for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass, garnish with some more nutmeg, and enjoy.

Although you have no eggs, no refined sugar, very little cholesterol and fat, you do have a smoothie that tastes a lot like eggnog and has all the benefits of banana--dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C.

Another banana thought:

(Variation: I tried substituting real eggnog for the milk the other day, but didn't like it as much as the guilt-free version.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Originally uploaded by rfin.

This is not a fuddled, wuddled, poodled, noodled, paddled, battled, puddle. It's just a sunny puddle.