Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bloggin' the Nog

I meant to bring it, I really did. I'd read my friend Giovanna's post last December about the eggnog at Pearl Bakery and how next year she'd remember to bring a flask of bourbon. Inspired, I planned to dig out Dave's flask and fill it with some of Clear Creek Distillery's Oregon Brandy and head over for a glass of my own.

But about halfway there I realized the flask was sitting on the counter where I'd left it, locked and loaded, but since I'd arranged with Giovanna to meet there and guide me through the process, I charged on. And, sure enough, there she was, sitting at a nicely out-of-the-way table in a corner of the café, the better to tipple unnoticed.

When she admitted she'd neglected to bring her flask, too, I felt a little better, and we made our way to the counter and ordered our glasses. As noted in her post, traditional eggnog is made with softly beaten egg whites folded into an egg yolk-rich cream and milk mixture. She writes:

"Pearl's eggnog has none of these.  In order to avoid the raw egg situation, they make a cooked eggnog. And you know what a cooked eggnog is? It's nothing more than crème anglaise. One of my very favorite things. This one just happens to be nutmeg-flavored."

If you decide, like I did, that you absolutely have to try this lovely concoction, you'll have to hold the line when the young person behind the counter asks if you want it mixed with anything, and when you decline, asks if you're sure you want it plain, cold, in a glass. At that point, just nod and smile and let them think you must be a bit batty to drink something so lusciously rich all by itself.

Unless, of course, you remember to bring that flask.

Details: Pearl Bakery, 102 NW 9th Ave. 503-827-0910


Giovanna said...

I say we both open our 2011 calendars right now, and somewhere in the second or third week of December write: "Eggnog at Pearl. Bring flask!"

Kathleen Bauer said...

Consider it done!

Drew said...

Here in the South, we call it "boiled custard" even though, of course, it's never boiled. It's heaven in a glass and another reason to look forward to the holiday season. In fact, I think I'll have some now.

Kathleen Bauer said...

It does tend to make me want to have a pitcher in the fridge to pull out at opportune moments. But I'm trying to resist for purely selfish (and self-sustaining) reasons. Glad it's at Pearl Bakery if I need it!