Thank you for my Versatile Blogger Awards!


Recently I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by four amazing fellow food bloggers. When I started blogging in July this year I never knew that blogging would give me soo much joy and happiness. Just cooking, writing up recipes, taking pictures and putting up posts is satisfying enough ~

But these awards touch my heart as I know that I am connecting with you all.
So I am honoured and extremely thankful to

Anjana @ The Corner Of Happy & Harried ~ her blog shares her excellent cooking and craft skills. There is something for everyone! And I especially love when we get into our deep and meaningful conversations about “Mc Dreamy!” oooh I’m blushing now lol x

Shanna @ Curls and Carrots who I have just recently got to know. Her blog is also delightful and centres around her awesome family of four! I love her recipes and pictures are always so colourful! Thanks for the cocoa recipe that you shared. I think I shall have a cup tonight before bed! x

Anjali @ Blog for Anyone who has a very informative and gorgeous blog about health, beauty, entertainment, music, pretty much anything! So much variety in what you get to read and each post I eagerly look forward to, not knowing what topic will be discussed. Thanks Anjali! x

Ada @ More Food, Please who has been a friend from the beginning. We follow each other on our facebook pages also. This way we know what we are cooking up or doing next! Love, love! reading your blog and always looking forward to the next post. You’ve been there from the start! Your an inspiration! Thank you Ada x

I am nominating these 15 fellow bloggers! My apologies in advance if I haven’t mentioned you but be assured you will be soon as I nominate more awards!

All these bloggers are now a part of my passion for cooking and blogging, they share every experience I post up on Shivaay Delights and I thoroughly enjoy conversing with them on a daily basis. Thank you so much friends and I hope you accept my award nomination x

Savory and sweet food
Simply vegetarian 777
tasty treats 13
My food tapestry
The not so creative cook
Transplanted cook
Yummy chunklet
Deliciously elegant
Sparkle bubble
Radiating blossom
Tiny white cottage
Georgia Kate’s kitchen
Oh Lidia

And also another nomination to whitbits kitchen as she absolutely astounds me with her amazing culinary love of Indian cooking. She cooks better Indian food than me x

The rules are to
1) Display the award certificate on your blog
2) Link back to the person who nominated you
3) Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers
4) Inform your nominees that you have nominated them
5) Write 7 random facts about yourself

My 7 random facts

• I eat nutella with a fork straight out of the jar?!

• My first ever music tape was by Kylie Minogue. I just loved her!

• I love painting my nails with funky patterns

• I love taking a stroll on a crisp autumn morning

• When I was young I couldn’t wait to get a pair of red sparkly shoes like Dorothy in the wizzard of oz!

• I don’t like goats cheese!

• I used to sing in a choir in school and loved it!

I hope you all enjoy receiving this award and pass it on to even more fellow bloggers! x

And to all my wondeful Shivaay Delights supporters! Thank you x

Much love D x


Magical Spaghetti Pomodoro


This spaghetti dish is truly MAGICAL!!! You put in all the gorgeous ingredients into one pot and in 15 minutes you will uncover a cooked dish ready to eat!

Such a rustic looking recipe which allows for the spaghetti to be cooked in its own starchy silky sauce. You will find that all the flavours are absorbed into the spaghetti and are more intense as it all fuses together in this abra-cadabra pot!

I made this on Sunday when my brother and family came round for an early supper. I went into the kitchen, prepped the ingredients, did my magic and casually kept returning to see my work in progress…I love this recipe as you can spend more time with your loved ones whilst the supper is happening on its own!


A real winner for us that evening, combined with some soft tear and share garlic bread courtesy of my brother as soon as he found out we were having pasta!
Thanks Bro and family, we thoroughly had a nice time and it was sooo good to catch up!


400g dried spaghetti
1 medium onion sliced into crescents
3 garlic cloves sliced
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1½ tsp dried oregano
vegetable stock at least 800ml
1 green chilli chopped (optional)
½ tsp paprika
Salt to taste
1½ tbsp olive oil
10-14 fresh basil leaves chopped


• Put all the ingredients apart from the basil in a large non stick saucepan and cover with the vegetable stock


• The stock should soak all the ingredients, bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally to avoid sticking

• You will find that the stock will be absorbed quite quickly so add to the pot to help the cooking process. Do check seasoning as this will alter with the extra stock


• Once the spaghetti is al dente (firm to the bite) it is ready, Throw in the basil so that it will permeate with the sauce

• Serve with some grated Parmesan and in my case a mature Cheddar!