Sunday, 13 April 2014

Walking The Red Carpet

Thursday night I was lucky enough to attend The Amazing Spider-Man 2 World Premiere at the iconic Leicester Square. Walking down the red carpet along side the stars of the movie was surreal. Jamie Foxx mixed up some tunes on the DJ set above the entrance to the Odeon cinema while Andrew Garfield danced along - the fun atmosphere vanished my prior nerves.

*** The photo quality isn't too great because I didn't want to accessorise with a Lumix on the red carpet so unfortunately I had to rely on my iPhone! ***


I wore a black skater dress from Zara with my Christian Louboutins (I later noticed my red soles blended into the red carpet!) and a cream clutch from Accessorize.


The film was, well, Amazing! I was doubtful that I would enjoy the film because I haven't seen the first Spider-Man but I enjoyed every minute and sat at the edge of my seat eager to know what was going to happen next. It's well worth going to see it while it's at the cinema, being 3D and all...

After the premiere Tanya, Jim, Marcus, Lucy, Chloe and I listened to our moaning stomachs and went to Nobu for some sushi (or steak in Marcus' case - not the best place for a non-fish eater).


I'd never been to Nobu in London and it didn't disappoint. We indulged in courses of yellowtail tuna sashimi and salmon sashimi in sauces you can only dream of, black cod which can only be described as heavenly, and the best shrimp tempura I have tasted. 

Oh and I can't not tell you about the cocktails - I took Tanya's recommendation to have the Japanese Mojito and I'm so glad I did. Instead of rum, it's a mix of vodka, vanilla and lime. I later ordered a Margarita but despite how lovely it looked presented with a slice of cucumber, I regretted not ordering the Japanese Mojito again.


We all had a wonderful evening of food-judging, film-critiquing, and giggles - a night that I will remember for a very, very long time.

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Baby Shower

Yesterday was a huge success, it really couldn't have gone any better! We all had a fun day of playing games, guessing the baby's name, and eating cake pops. As I've kept you in the loop with all my planning during the lead up to the baby shower, I couldn't leave you without a little (or large) insight into how the day went, through the lens of a camera. Well, they do say a picture is worth a thousand words.


Okay, yes I know I said a picture is worth a thousand words but this one needs a few more words. My auntie kindly volunteered to make the cake, so she decided to make the sponge either pink or blue. When the mother-to-be cuts into it, the colour of the sponge determines the sex of the baby. It was pink so I guess it's a baby girl on the way!

The piƱata was the highlight of the day! Everyone had a turn - there were 30 guests so you can imagine how sturdy it was!
Don't forget your party bag full of macaroons!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Healthy(ish) Cake Pops | Recipe

As you know, it's my mums baby shower tomorrow and I have set myself the task of baking cake pops for everyone even though I have never made them before. So this week I made a few to test out a recipe. 

After scanning many cook books, and of course some serious Googling, I failed to find a healthy cake pop recipe so I made up my own!

There's also a full video version of me making them at the bottom of this post.


Ingredients
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
4 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Agave Nectar
2 tbsp milk (I prefer almond milk)
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Pack Candy Melts
Sprinkles - I use 100s and 1000s

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Step 1
In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients - coconut flour, baking powder and salt.

Step 2
Melt the coconut oil in the oven for a minute or two.

Step 3
Now add the wet ingredients - 4 large eggs, agave nectar, milk and vanilla extract. Give it a stir and add the coconut oil. Whisk all the ingredients together until there are no lumps.


Step 4
Spoon the mixture into each of the cake pop holes in the cake pop mould. Put the cake pop mould onto a tray so that when you take them out the oven they don't fall out!


Step 5
Put the lid on and place in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes. Mine needed about 22 minutes.

Step 6
Cool either on a cooling tray or in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.



Step 7
Melt the candy melts as instructions state on the pack. When melted, dip the cake pop stick into the candy melts and stick them through the cake pops about half way.

Step 8
When set, dunk them straight into the candy melts until fully submerged. Mine was quite thick so I needed to add a couple of drops of vegetable oil to thin it.

Step 9
Tap on the side of the bowl to remove any excess. 



Step 10
Before the candy melts set on the cake pop, sprinkle over any toppings of your choice.




Step 11
Bite that cake pop! Delicious, aren't they?


My look of approval and utter delight:


For the full step-by-step instructions watch my video at youtube.com/niomismart: