The girl in the park was surprisingly decent, Robot and Frank was such a lovely story, Cockneys Vs Zombies was very amusing, silly and unexpectedly enjoyable, Toy Story 3 is just brilliant, Nativity 2 was a huge let down after the brilliance of the first one and Frances Ha was much better that I had prepared myself for.
I have been enjoying all things raw of late and after seeing a few other recipes for raw carrot cake floating around I decided to ditch the Asda extra special hand finished carrot cake and give this one a whirl. It turned out so delicious that I am planning a raw tiramisu next.
Raw Carrot Cake Ingredients:
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup raisins
pinch of salt
Vanilla Cashew Frosting Ingredients:
Raw cashews (soaked overnight in water)
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
To make the raw carrot cake pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Then press the mixture into a cake pan. Then to make the vanilla cashew frosting pulse together all ingredients in a food processor and then spread over the raw carrot cake and pop in the fridge.
Bill Cunningham: New York was extremely fascinating despite my lack of interest in all things Vogue, Come September was rather wonderful and made me want to get up and dance, Halloween still spooks me, Vidal Sassoon The Movie was quite interesting to me, What Maisie Knew was just fantastic (what a talented little actress) and What To Expect When You're Expecting was silly but just a background one for knitting.
A few lovely memories off my Fuji X10 from some of our London days out. Exploring the streets of Battersea back in Halloween, lunch at Franco Manca (so sad there isn't one here in Brighton), a coffee stop at the Science Museum and an evening tour of the disused Aldwych underground station.
The early morning Eurostar journey in the fog, a very empty Paris for December time, falafel for lunch 2 days in a row, as frequent as possible cafe stops, pain au chocolat for breakfast every day, sunny afternoons spent sitting in those green chairs in Jardin du Luxembourg, spending hours in La Grande Epicerie and wishing we could take back more goodies than our rucksacks could carry and having no particular plan so just wandering the back streets. That is why I love Paris.
We finally made a visit to Lewes last week after it had been on my 'to visit' list for a few years now. It was such a charming town that we only skimmed the surface of with the 2 hours parking we had. The main reason for the trip was for the farmers market (we came away with lots of cheese, a hand made wooden bird feeder, a couple of pots of snowdrops for the garden and an assortment of cakes). Oh Lewes we loved you and can't wait to return to all the antiques shops, to try out every single coffee shop and stock up on cola bottles from Mary's sweets!