Sunday Baking – Chai Banana Bread

Happy Sunday everyone! This Friday was midsummers eve here in Sweden so I’ve spent the weekend picking flowers, eating strawberries and celebrating the start of summer.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

After a nice weekend I like to spend my Sunday relaxing and one thing that always slows down my pace and relaxes my mind is baking. Today my mission was to use up some very ripe bananas and what better way to do that than to make banana bread. As you may or may not know I spend quite a lot of time on Pinterest so every time I decide to bake or cook anything I have a look through my pins to see if I can find something I want to make. If I can’t find anything on my own boards I just do a quick search. Today I did find something in my Pinterest archives, this chai banana cake I pinned ages ago from Spoon Fork Bacon that just looks so amazing. I gave it a try and let me tell you it’s definitely the nicest banana bread I’ve ever tried. It also makes your home smell like heaven when you make it which is a plus.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

I served mine with some plain whipped cream to balance out the spice-packed goodness but you can definitely have it just as it is.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

If you want to make this just head on over to Spoon Fork Bacon and whilst you’r waiting for your cake to bake you should have a look at some of their other recipes because they have some pretty amazing-looking dishes over there.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Talk to you soon!

Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is almost here! I plan on taking it easy with a glorious bath and a horror movie marathon but this post is for all you party people out there, planning on throwing the spookiest gathering of the year.

Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

I have created two classy Harry Potter cocktails that I will share with you today. Now wether you are throwing a party with a HP theme or not these two cocktails are the perfect spooky-looking duo. Just change up the names and they can fit into any theme you desire. How about Werewolf Soul and Full Moon or maybe Raven Feathers and Graveyard Fog? The possibilities are endless but I think I will stick to my beloved Harry Potter.

The Death Eater - Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

The Death Eater

Despite it’s grim name and appearance this  is a wonderful, fruity cocktail with a prominent raspberry flavor. The lime gives it just the right amount of acidity so be warned, it’s dangerously easy to drink.

  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 20 ml Chambord (or other raspberry liqueur)
  • 30 ml Lime juice
  • 20 ml Simple syrup
  • 1 tsp Black food coloring
  • Soda water
  • Ice

The Death Eater - Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

  1. Add the vodka, Chambord, lime juice, simple syrup and black food coloring to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake.
  2. Put some large ice cubes into a highball glass and fill a third of it with soda water.
  3. Slowly pour the contents of the shaker into the glass and watch as the darkness takes over.

The Pensieve - Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

The Pensieve

This is essentially a Fitzgerald with edible shimmer. As all sours it is quite… sour, but it’s also packed with flavors from the gin and the bitters.

  • 50 ml Gin (I used Tanqueray)
  • 30 ml Lemon juice
  • 20 ml Simple syrup
  • 3 drops of Angostura bitters
  • 1/3 tsp Edible Pearl shimmer
  • Ice

The Pensieve - Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

  1. Add all your ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake, shake, shake.
  2. Pour into a champagne coupe and serve.

The Pensieve - Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

I hope that you will have a wonderful halloween and if you end up making any of the cocktails please comment and let me know what you thought of them.

Spooky Harry Potter Halloween Cocktails - Bits & Spaces

Talk to you soon!

Rosy Valentine’s Cocktail

I recently bought some pink dried flowers for a cake I was making. I only used a tiny bit so I wanted to come up with another project where I could use them. Since Valentines day is only a week away I figured a rosy floral cocktail was in order.

Rosy Valentine's Day Cocktail - Rose Gin Sour

The Rose Gin Sour

This fragrant cocktail is slightly sweeter than the original whiskey sour. I have switched up the lemon juice for some lovely blush coloured grapefruit juice and topped it off with a few drops of rose water.

To shake up a glass of this floral concoction you will need the following:

  • 50ml Gin
  • 30ml Pink grapefruit juice
  • 10ml Simple syrup
  • 3-5 drops of Rose water
  • Dried flower petals for garnish

Rosy Valentine's Day Cocktail - Rose Gin Sour

Pour the gin, grapefruit juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until the outside gets frosty. Pour into a champagne coupe, add a few drops of rosewater and a pinch of flower petals. If you want to make it non alcoholic just leave out the gin and add some sparkling water once you’ve poured it into your glass.

Rosy Valentine's Day Cocktail - Rose Gin Sour

Enjoy as a pre or post dinner cocktail with loved ones, friends or by yourself, preferably in the tub with some nice snacks.

Talk to you soon!