So, we over here at The Scholastic Scribe have decided to go with the flow, as it were. We missed 2 school days last week because of snow. The first 3 days of this week have been canceled, as well. Well, you can't expect Our Humble High School to resume operations with another foot of snow on the way?
Yup, you read that right-0. One more foot expected, starting this afternoon, trailing into Wednesday evening. So, we might be back in school on Thursday, but chances of that happening could be slim to none.
Instead of going to the gym yesterday, I went to the grocery store to provision us for the next onslaught. And I spent about an hour shoveling a "neutral zone" on the back patio, so we could grill steaks and at least pretend that Spring is on the way.
One hour's worth of heavy, wet snow. I'm pretty sure I burned a few calories. Probably not enough to offset the following, an old Midwestern standby in situations such as the one we're facing out here in DC this week. But there's nothing like a hot toddy to warm the soul, now, is there?
The Tom & Jerry
(Invented at the Planters' House Hotel in St. Louis)
1 cup sugar
1 bottle brandy
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1 bottle dark rum
Glass Type: mug
Separate the eggs. Beat the whites until they form a stiff froth, and the yolks~to which you have added the sugar~ "until they are as thin as water," as the professionals advise, gradually adding 4 ounces brandy (spiceaholics will also add a pinch each of ground allspice, cinnamon, and cloves). Fold the whites into the yolks.
When ready to serve, give it another stir and then put 1 tablespoon of this batter in a small mug or tumbler. Now add 1 ounce brandy (although some from the South prefer bourbon) and 1 ounce Jamaican rum, stirring constantly to avoid curdling. Fill to the top with hot milk and stir until you get foam. Sprinkle a little grated nutmeg on top. This one may require practice and a certain amount of fiddling, but it's well worth the effort. Note: Some people find the milk too rich and filling, so they use half hot milk, half boiling water.