Last week I had a talk with friends about the perfect gift. We all agreed that it’s super difficult to give someone trinkets and nonsense things. At least not if the person didn’t put it specifically on her or his wish-list. Like that drinking game for your grown-up cousin…maybe not so cool. Or that ‘bake your own boyfriend’ cookie cutter might be funny once but probably ends up in the drawer and never be used again. You probably wouldn’t want any dust catchers in your home either.
There are a few gift ideas I love to fall back on when I don’t have anything specific in mind. Like when non of my family members and friends mention in my presence “Oh, I’d wish I had (fill in the blank)”.Since that pretty much never happens I almost always turn to my “the great three”.
First food. Invite someone for dinner, prepare a DIY cake mix, make your own chocolate or take them on a food tour around your neighborhood. Secondly, and that’s my personal favorite, events. Preferably everything that has to do with traveling like a weekend gateaways or short city trips but tickets to a concert or an amazing exhibition are great ideas, too. And last but not least, timeless pieces are always great gifts. This year I put Staub cookware and a knife set on my Santa Claus list. But I also love receiving and giving jewellery and beautiful accessories like the La Vedette Rose Gold watch from elegant brand Cluse Watches.
And now that I only talked about giving presents to others, how about treating yourself. With a good book or a table alive with friends and a glass or two of Vegan Eggnog, also known as Veggnog. It’s a creamy seasonal drink, slightly on the sweet side and the fresh nutmeg flavour creates festive Christmas vibes. You can drink vegan eggnog with or without Brandy or use it as some kind of creamy sauce to pour over your pancakes or a bowl of fresh fruits. Or dip your Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rolls in it. All kinds of delicious ways to enjoy this vegan eggnog.
Creamy Vegan Eggnog
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup soaked cashews
- ½ - 1 cup water (or almond milk)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 5 soaked dates
- ¼ tsp salt
- a few dashes of cinnamon
- Optional: ¼ cup brandy (or to taste or ½ shot per mug)
- In a highspeed blender, combine all ingredients and blend for 2-3 minutes or until very smooth and creamy
- If too thick, add some more water (or almond milk)
- Store in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving
- Serve in a glass jar or cup and sprinkle with dash of cinnamon