"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

never have i ever....

Another interesting game...................

I read my niece Janet's posting a while back about the game she calls "I HAVE NEVER..." and which I remember being called "NEVER HAVE I EVER.........." (and having to have a drink if you uttered the words "I have never").  It was a drinking game from days past which turned into a kind of confession game.   For those of you who have never played it (Could it be another Christmas family game?? - Maybe not) even Wikipedia knows about it (THE CAPITALS IN BRACKETS ARE MY COMMENTS):-

"The verbal game is started with each player getting into a circle and putting up all ten fingers. Then, the first player says a simple statement starting with "Never have I ever". Anyone who has done what the first player has not must drink and put down one finger. Play then continues around the circle, and the next person makes a statement. The game is finished when any player ends up with all ten fingers down. There is an alternative form of the game in which the players drink indefinitely. (THIS IS THE ONE WE PLAYED). An additional rule - uncommon, but beneficial to the game - is that if there is no one taking a drink (IF NO ONE HAS EVER DONE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE), then the one who said that particular "Never have I ever............."  must himself take a drink (OR WE PLAYED IT THAT YOU MUST EXPLAIN IN MORE DETAIL EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAD DONE). This rule often forces the players to strategise more and makes for less disposable/pointless suggestions. 
Games such as never have I ever "reveal interesting things about the participants and help build friendships", according to one American college student. Players often admit to things that they previously had not. As with Truth or Dare, the game is often sexual in nature. In some variations, the game may be incorporated into other drinking games."

Example:  If the you say "Never Have I Ever Hooked up with Someone in this Room" and only two of your party goers drink.  You just learned a secret.... If only one drinks then you know someone is lying and you get the story.  Can get pretty personal.

It brought back memories of Fuzzy Duck, Fizz Bang and Fizz Bang Pop all which involved sitting in a circle and either confessing or reciting 2's, multiples of 2's and then throwing in multiples of 5 as well for Fizz, Bang, Pop, hand signals were involved as was drinking strange drinks (sometimes out of the gardener's veldskoen (bush shoe)).

This is a nice new "veldskoen".  Unlike the old and battered one that I once had
to drink Old Brown Sherry out of.

Now as I type about "NEVER HAVE I EVER..."  I realise just how very stupid I have been all these years.  I have never played this game with Kathy.  It is going to be an absolutely brilliant game to play at our next girls lunch.  It is going to take some serious strategy on my part but I am sure that I can work a way to get Kathy to confess to exactly who "Velvet" is.  (I have to start getting clever and find ways to outwit for winning "present game" again on Saturday night).  Pay back time!!!

I  hope I don't have to wait this long (but look at that look of glee on my face).

But back to Janet's post.  She did admit to playing the drinking game but she used "I have never..." as a means to "confess" to the books she has not read and movies she has not seen.   I am now busy making my list, which I hate to confess, includes movies such as Shrek, the Harry Potter books, Lord of the Rings (book and movie) and it goes on and on.  I would like to do a blog post on it (thanks Janet) and look forward to comparing lists with you.

Oh, getting seriously sidetracked again and I still have to give you the Egg Nog recipe.  I have always made it with raw eggs.  However, I read recently that homemade mayonnaise and egg nog with raw eggs is now not allowed to be served in many restaurants overseas because of salmonella.  I then found a recipe where you make an egg custard with the raw yolks - quite a lot more fuss - but I must say it is absolutely delicious.  You know me, I always mix things up a bit.  So this is what I did:-

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12 egg yolks
3 cups of sugar
vanilla essence - a dash

Beat until fluffy and light coloured

In a saucepan heat:-

2 litres full cream milk
1 can evaporated milk

Remove before it boils and add slowly to the egg mixture (whisking as you do so - I found out a bit later that it was easier to do if I poured the hot milk into a jug first).   Return to the pot and heat slowly (stirring all the time) but don't let it boil.  It thickens slightly.

Beat 500 ml cream until firm.

Beat 6 of the egg whites until they form peaks (was not in the recipe but cannot bake meringues and did not know what to do with the egg whites)

Allow Nog mixture to cool down and then fold in the cream and egg whites.

Now the fun part.

I am pretty versatile and have used Brandy, Whiskey (and whisky (the Scottish kind)), Southern Comfort, Bicardi White Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Gold - not all at the same time (but often a combination of 2 of the above).

This year I have used Captain Morgan and Bicardi - decided on the rum because we have a Caribbean theme going.  Captain Morgan also has a nice Christmassy, spicy smell (and taste).

This too is where we may differ as my Nog is very boozy.  So just add as much as you think you need - at least half a bottle of each!!!

Then add nutmeg and cinnamon.

I have also added ice cream to the mixture with the cream (if the weather is really hot - bit like a Dom Pedro), served it over ice cream and best of all made Egg Nog french toast on Boxing Day morning!!! (if there is any left)

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Here is the raw recipe for those of you with no fears of salmonella

Traditional Egg Nog

12 eggs, separated
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy/ thickened cream
2 cups bourbon
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup brandy
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

In a large bowl and using a mixer, beat the egg yolks together with the sugar for approx 10 minutes (you want the mixture to be firm and the colour of butter).
Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brandy - just a little at a time.
When bourbon and brandy have been added, allow the mixture to cool in the fridge (for up to 6 hours, depending on how long before your party you're making the eggnog).
30 minutes before your guests arrive, stir the milk into the chilled yolk mixture.
Stir in 1+ 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
In a separate bowl, beat the cream with a mixer on high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks.
In yet another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
Gently fold the cream into the egg mixture.
After ladling into cups, garnish with the remainder of the ground nutmeg.
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