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The only pastry recipe you need this season

The only pastry recipe you need this season

At Ciroa HQ we're all about pastry in it's many forms, but when we saw this stunning creation by Amisha Gurbani (@thejamlab) our hearts were all aflutter.

Amisha has turned this recipe (originally by the amazing Julie Jones @julie_jonesuk into a work of art - honeycomb, fig and creme fraiche combine with buttery, flaky pastry for a delicious combination that's almost too good looking to eat.

Image: Amisha Gurbani

You can view the full recipe HERE - it is very thorough so you won't be left floundering with what can be a complex recipe.

Amisha also has some great tips she's picked up on the way which are well worth a read if you have a craving for perfectly flaky pastry filled with love.

We hope you enjoy making these - if you do try them, tag @thejamlab and @julie_jonesuk on instagram so they can see your handiwork.  If you can wait long enough to take a pic before eating them, that is.

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Your new favorite cocktail for fall

Your new favorite cocktail for fall

As everything fall-related begins to flood our insta-feed, we've been looking for the perfect cocktail that sums up the season.

And with this beauty spotted on The Cookie Rookie we think we've found it!

At its base is a classic White Russian, but the addition of pumpkin spice and everything nice makes it perfect for cosying up on chillier nights.

Are you ready for your new fall favorite?




To make this cocktail, start by garnishing the rim of the glass. To do this, mix pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and crushed graham crackers on a plate.

Dip the rim of your glasses in water and then into the graham cracker mix to coat.

For the cocktail itself, combine vodka, coffee liqueur and pumpkin spice creamer to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake to combine.

Pour the drink into your pre-rimmed glasses and top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice to serve. 

Serves 2.

This cocktail will look a little bit fancy and will taste a whole lot delicious.  We hope you enjoy!

Recipe and images by The Cookie Rookie.  

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Ready for a fright? These are our scariest tabletops yet

Ready for a fright? These are our scariest tabletops yet

After a 2020 that has been a little scary (for all the wrong reasons) we are looking forward to celebrating Halloween at home this year, and raising our spirits by making it spookier than ever.

We've already started planning some Halloween table tops - now we just need to pick which one we'll use on Halloween...or perhaps we'll spread out the celebrations over a few days and use them all. 

Are you ready to eat, drink and get scary?

For our first table we were inspired by the gold rims on our 'Going Out Skulls' plates. 

Using a simple white linen tablecloth we let the plates be the star and accessorised with new, vintage and thrifted glass bottles, a branch (spray painted black), some gold goblets and a few other pieces for a look that is sophisticated yet sinister.

For our second look we went to the dark side.  Using a black tablecloth we were able to really highlight the plates and of course, the incredible hand illustrated designs featured on them.

Filling our tables top with luscious red roses enhanced the floral design on our skull plates, with silver tableware complementing the black, white and red featured on the rest of the table.

For our final table, we pared it back to a chic monochrome black & white, with subtle hints of glamorous gold.

Gold cutlery and candles add the perfect finishing touch to a black & white table, for a look that is both chilling...and chic.

We hope our tablescapes have given you some inspiration for your own Halloween table.  

Just don't forget to BYOB (bring your own broomstick)!

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