Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Opening Night

*Excuse blurry images. My camera doesn't take the best nighttime shots*
I have just returned from a wonderful evening attending the release of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. The cinema I attended really went above and beyond making the opening night that extra bit special. There was a light display projected onto the cinema in which scenes from the movie played, live actors were posed around the cinema, such as Agatha making pastries (I only wish I got a shot with the actress), Gustav and Zero even welcoming us at the door. A special cocktail was even created in honor of the release, however, I unfortunately did not get to try one.

The movie was absolutely fabulous, entertaining, suspenseful and so distinctly Wes Anderson. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to! It really lives up to the hype. And now, of course, I am dying to try my hand at making my own Courtesan au Chocolats!

The night was topped off with a big mug of chai and cheesecake at a nearby cafe. It's nights like these that really enhance an otherwise uneventful uni filled week.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

This recipe is always progressing. It first begun when I spotted a can of coconut milk in my cupboard. Intrigued, I had an idea to heat it up and add some cocoa to see what it would taste like. Who knew that from then on I would become obsessed, constantly tweaking the recipe to make the most perfect, thick, chocolaty concoction. With winter around the corner, I find my experimenting completely justifiable. After a long week, I can think of no better way to wind down than with a steaming cup of this hot chocolate, listening to this song and reading hours into the night.

The coconut milk transforms what would otherwise be an ordinary, milky hot chocolate into an incredibly thick liquid, much like a Spanish hot chocolate. If you like your hot choc this way, then definitely consider giving my recipe a try.

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
1 cup (or mug, whichever you prefer) coconut milk
1 row (4 squares) semi-dark chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp golden syrup
dash of vanilla essence
cinnamon, optional

Pour 1 cup of coconut milk into a pot. Shave the chocolate, place it in another cup and add the cocoa powder. Add 2 tbsp of hot water and stir until smooth. Heat the coconut milk on the stove to about medium heat. Add the chocolate mixture. Stir. Then add the vanilla and golden syrup. Heat in the pan and continue stirring until it reaches your desired temperature. Pour into a cup. I like to serve mine with a sprinkle of cinnamon. (and you'll see my poor attempt at coffee art. If you want to do the same, just place a dollop of pure coconut milk on top and swirl with a spoon)

P.S I was excited to discover that a friend from Uni has a blog-check it out here!