WIAW: Acoustic night and festive hot chocolate

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on November 16, 2011


Hi everyone!  It’s that time of the week again wear we all get to go to the best party EVER!


This week I’m going to take you back to yesterdays eats, which were pretty tasty:


My day got started off in the right way with a lovely green smoothie, which I based on my Almond, Pear, Pumpkin smoothie, but I left out the pumpkin this time.  It still tastes fab with or without the pumpkin and I’, just loving putting almond extract in to my smoothies.  I even put some in my oats this morning.


Mid morning snackies came in the form of yummy dates, hazelnuts and a gigantic persimmon that was as big as my head, meaning more deliciousness for me. :)


Lunch was a lovely snack plate made from red pepper, chopped carrots, squash, and plain and cheese and chives Sakata rice cakes with some hummus for dipping.  The rice cakes tasted amazing and made great cutlery as hummus scoopers. 

In the afternoon I was feeling hungry so made myself a bowl of chopped figs with soya yoghurt that I dusted with peanut flour and cinnamon.  Mid way through I couldn’t resist the temptation to add some maple syrup to the mix too. 


This really killed the hunger pangs and tided me over during my workout and until dinner.  I think figs are such a pretty fruit when they are cut open, such a pretty colour- love them!

I was going to go to my usual body pump class on Tuesdays, but my friend asked me to go to an acoustic night with her which would mean missing my class.  Instead, I headed to the gym and did my usual Thursday strength workout, including 15 minutes on the cross trainer and a 5 minute cool down in the bike.


After getting home and freshening up I made a super speedy stir fry for dinner as I have a lot of veggies in the fridge that need using up before I go away this weekend.  I mixed savoy cabbage, courgettes, romanesco cauliflower, carrots and half a sweet potato and made a sauce from peanut butter, soya sauce, rice vinegar and sweet chilli sauce.  It was all topped off with some Omega Mixed Seeds…yum!

I then headed to the acoustic night with my friend, hosted by the Christian Society at university.  I’ve never been to an acoustic night before, so didn’t know what to expect.  Although I shouldn’t have worried as it was so much fun with so many talented singers and guitarists and there was even some poets too.   The music played ranged from indie to chart hits that everyone would recognise. 

It all took place at a coffee bar called Esquires, which was also new to me.  There was an awesome selection on their menu and they were promoting a gingerbread hot chocolate.  SInce I’m about everything that is festive at the moment I just had to have one.


Boy, this was sooooo gorgeous!  I love putting spices in my hot chocolate to switch them up a little and this has to be the most delicious yet.  It went perfectly with cosy atmosphere and a little sing-a-long.

Have you like to go to acoustic nights and such?

What is your favourite winter warmer drink?

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Shannon (Healthiful Balance) November 16, 2011 at 2:33 PM

As always, such yummy eats! Thats so cool that theres a snowflake on your hot chocolate :)
My favorite warm drink is tea and hot chocolate!

kabochafashionista November 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Ahhh I am totally loving the giant persimmons at the moment! My fave fruit and in giant form is just the best thing ever <3 Oooh we have an Esquires here in Newcastle and I saw the sign for gingerbread hot chocolate and I am tempted! I love it in there almost as much as Starbucks and they have so many yummy syrups to add..definitely recommend them!

Kate November 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I’ve never properly been to an acoustic night. I accidentally stumbled across one in a tiny little bar in Tunbridge Wells & wish I could have stayed for the duration but we were only in there to get drinks before going to another gig. They’re very calming, though!

My favourite winter drink HAS to be warm apple juice with cinnamon & cloves. & eggnog lattes, from Starbucks! Although this year, I’ve so far resisted the temptation to BATHE in them (like I usually do) & saving my very first one for after my 10k next weekend. It will be worth it!

Laura Agar Wilson November 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM

We really like live music so we’ve been to a few acoustic nights, they are really fun! We have a few Esquires coffee shops up here, they are great but I still have to admit I prefer Starbucks!

Annette Cook November 16, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I’ve never experienced an aocutsic night but its sounds like the perfect tonic to a chilly evening.

I am really jealous of the gingerbread hot chocolate – are you serious?!?! I need you to recreate me a recipe for it asap!!!!!!

:) x

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

That hot chocolate is gorgeous! and looks delish. I want to try it!

~Jessica~ November 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’ve never been to an acoustic night, but it does sound like something I would enjoy :)

My favourite warming drink would have to be a soy cappuccino, although at Starbucks’ prices they are pretty wallet-sapping!


Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) November 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Gingerbread hot chocolate sounds too good!

Kit-Kat November 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Yummy looking stir-fry! :-)
I have gone to some acoustic nights, but not much. They are lots of fun, though!
My favorite winter warmer drinks are Soy cocoa, warmed soymilk sweetened with stevia and a dash of pumpkin spice and nutmeg, Good Earth original Tea, and Starbuck’s Vanilla Rooibus tea. Sometimes I’ll have coffee….. for a charge-up, that is. Do you like Starbucks? Here in Washington State (Seattle is where it was started), Starbucks shops are everywhere!
PS: Love your blog!

LilyLipstick November 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

That hot chocolate looks so good! I tried the Starbucks Praline Mocha the other day and it was so yummy. Your stirfry looks so good too. x

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) November 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

At uni our colleage bar used to have acoustic nights quite regularly and they were always amazing.
I’m not actually a huge fan of hot chocolate, but that one looks so good and I love the decoration!

Alexandra November 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Lovin your eats! You’re so creative with your meals girl! And that snowflake in the hot chocolate is wicked cool ;)

Maria November 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Gingerbread hot chocolate sounds amazing- I love gingerbread and all the warm drinks sound fab (eg gingerbread lattes) but I dont like coffee- so my newest addition is a soy chai latte-mmmmm :)

Tessa at Amazing Asset November 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Oh my goodness I cannot get over that design! Almost too pretty to drink ;)
Your eats look fantastic as well, you are supaaa creative with them

eatinglikeahorse November 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I can imagine how good that gingerbread hot chocolate was – and the snowflake is lovely!
The acoustic night sounds great; I love singing and live music so it would be perfect for me :-)

homemadeadventure November 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM

That hot chocolate looks beautiful, as do all of your meals!

Alexiasana November 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM

i love live music, acoustic nights are the best. I havent been out for a concert in ages though! i really should fine a good one around me soon! love your green monster, havent had on in a long time, but its so cold right now that i am craving for something warm in the mornings!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Thank you!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

The hot chocolate was awesome as was the music! It was a really lovely chilled out evening. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

It was too pretty to drink, but well worth ruining the snow flake on top as it tasted fab! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I love chai soy lattes minus the coffee for me though. Gingerbread lattes are also a fave of mine…yum! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Thanks! The hot choc was pretty awesome!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I was really impressed with this acoustic night…there was such a great atmosphere.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

A praline mocha sounds lovely!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Thank you! I do like starbucks but because I don’t drink coffee I always have to get my flavoured lattes without the coffee, so I guess i don’t really appreciate as much.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

It’s fab!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

It really was so much fun!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

It tasted divine!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

It tasted amazing! Please let me know if you come up with a recipe. :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

It was the first time I wnet to Esquires and was generally impressed. :) But, I guess Starbucks rules!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

The hot chocolate was lovely!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Same here! It’s all about the over sized persimmons!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Warm apple juice with spices sounds lovely! :)

brokencookiesdontcount November 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I just tried those crackers for the first time. They were pretty good but would have been wonderful with hummus! Figs…..

Nada (One Arab Vegan) November 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

All your meals look so simple and delicious! Loving the fig concoction especially :) Favourite winter warmer drink is herbal tea – Yogi tea is the best.

leashieloo November 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I love gingerbread hot chocolate! The snowflake on top of your drink is so cute, I wouldn’t have wanted to mess it up!

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