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Today’s food blogger choice is the vegan cook from the clear, concise and full of delicious food blog “Why not vegan?”
I saw this amazing picture. Roasted brussel sprouts with a garlic spaghetti, I know I will be trying this very soon. I always seem to forget that sprouts are available during the whole year and not just at Christmas where everyone eats them for tradition, rather than actually wanting to eat them!
Check out this food blog…it will inspire you! Much love, D x
Lasagne originated in the region of Emilia-Romagna and is traditionally known for the wonderful layers of ragù, bechamel sauce and parmigiano regiano with meat and vegetable layered within.
In this all vegetarian lasagne you will find that I have combined the tomato ragù with the aubergine and peas already and I personally adore the bechamel sauce with the cheese melted all over as the last layer. Which I must admit I do keep til the end when eating it.
My husband and I seriously love Italian food and that’s why we were led to Rome and Sardinia for our honeymoon. I have never tasted pizza and pasta so good as I did on the streets of ancient Rome. I must have been an Italian in my past life and now of Indian origin I think Im working through the alphabet lol!
I will definitely be exploring more Italian recipes as I go along in this very exciting culinary journey of mine…do come along for the ride!
1 large aubergine thinly sliced
1 medium onion grated
1/4 tsp dried red chilli seeds
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
A little boiling water
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp salt
200g tomato passata
150-180g frozen petit pois
9 pre soaked lasagne pasta sheets *see notes*
150g cheddar cheese grated
For the bechamel sauce
1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
Salt to taste
Pinch of pepper
• In a large saucepan heat up the oil throw in the onion and aubergine, sauté until tender. Sprinkle in the chilli seeds, oregano, salt and the garlic, pour in a little boiling water and mix
• Let it simmer for about 7 minutes and then stir in the passata and the peas. Cook for a further 10 minutes on a low flame, then set aside
• To make the white sauce. In a small saucepan melt the butter on a low flame, stir in the flour and cook through for a few minutes stirring continuously. Slowly pour in the milk whilst still stirring and leave on a low flame, keep stirring and once the sauce starts to thicken up, sprinkle in the salt and pepper, stir and take off the heat
• In a deep rectangular baking dish place 3 pre cooked lasagne sheets then spoon out half of the aubergine filling and spread out. Another 3 sheets on top of the aubergine layer and then the remainder of the aubergine mixture.
Last 3 sheets to be placed and then pour out the luscious creamy white sauce. Top off with the grated cheddar cheese
• Bake in the oven at 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4 for approximately 30-35 mincutes until the cheese is nice and crispy and golden
• Slice into healthy size squares and serve with a salad of your choice
Note* to pre cook the dried pasta sheets just put them in some boiling water with olive oil until they are a little softer.
And yummy Vegetarian food!
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Have a brilliant day! Much Love D x
Yesterday evening I was greeted by a wonderful tweet from “Daddy’s Grounded.com” Husbands who must not be stopped!
I clicked on the link to find my husband’s praises being sung. As you all know he loves cooking too and is my pillar of support! He has contributed some gorgeous guest recipes that have been liked even more than mine! I think he should start a blog of his own as he is always interested on how many likes and views he gets! 😉
I am so thankful for him and it is even more satisfying to see how appreciated he is in the blogging world. Being titled as “Shivaay Delights’ Husband” made me giggle but also filled my heart with pride.
So here I take time out to say THANK YOU to my Husband! For everything he does! My passion for Shivaay Delights is enforced by his love of food and him supporting me on this amazing journey! Love you!
Be thankful today for all those you love and tell them! It’s always nice to hear! Much love D x
The fresh baby leaf spinach penne featured above…
Yesterday I had a really busy day! It was go go go! It was also very warm here in the UK so I didn’t really fancy anything too heavy to eat! We had some fresh baby spinach leaves in the fridge to be used and my husband decided to take control in the kitchen. Yay! dinner was going to be made for me! Wooo hooo! Whilst I carried to clean up after the kids….
I was treated to an aromatic and extremely tasty penne pasta salad with bright green spinach and glorious garlic running through it. Enough garlic to compliment the spinach and chilli flakes to lift the oil dressing. One pasta recipe I know I will be wanting again and again…Thanks H, lots of love xx
1 packet of baby leaf spinach
3~4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste
Dried red chilli flakes optional
Pre cooked fresh penne upon instruction
Gently heat the garlic with the olive oil, mix and combine the oregano so that it infuses into the oil
Stir in the penne, making sure all the pasta is covered in oil. Season with salt, mix.
Tear in our roughly slice the fresh baby spinach leaves
Turn off the heat, sprinkle in the red chilli flakes and the spinach will wilt a little as you toss the pasta
Serve up with some grated parmesan or in my case some grated mature cheddar to add a sharpness to the dish
An amazing writer, cook and TV personality, Tarla Dalal. The Indian cooking queen. I have made many of her recipes but recently I had the urge to eat Khandvi…A subtle tangy rolled snack made from (chickpea) gram flour and yoghurt. This particular dish is very special to me as my aunt and I made this together. She had taught me the technique.
However I had forgotten to make a note of the recipe, so I referred to Tarla Dalal’s brilliant recipe. The results were outstanding in terms of flavour. I didn’t take step by step pictures as it was my first attempt. But I know I will use this particular recipe time and time again so knew that all of you would love it too! I’m also bringing some at Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party co hosted by my lovely friend’s Selma & Jhuls…x
1 cup besan (gram flour)
1 cup fresh yoghurt mixed with 1 1/2 cups of water
2 to 3 drops of lemon juice
2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste
3 1/4 tsp sunflower oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
5 to 6 curry leaves
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies (optional)
For The Garnish
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
Combine the gram flour, yoghurt-water mixture, lemon juice, ginger-green chilli paste, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt in a deep non-stick pan and mix well to make a smooth batter (taking care that no lump remains)
Cook on a slow flame, while stirring continuously till it becomes thick (approx 8 to 10 minutes)
Grease a clean work top surface or a flat metal plate (approx. 10”) on the reverse side using ¼ tsp of oil and spread a spoonful of the batter on a greased plate or work top and wait for a few seconds and try to roll up. If it doesn’t, then cook for a few more minutes, and check once more till done
Divide the batter into two equal portions. While the batter is still hot, spread each portion evenly using a spatula, on the reverse greased side of 2 thalis evenly to make a thin uniform layer using a spatula (refer step 1)
When cool, cut the khandvi on each thali lengthwise (approx. 1½” in width) into equal portions (as shown in the image) and roll up each gently (refer to step 2 and 3)
For the tempering, just before serving heat the remaining 3 tsp oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.Pour the tempering over the khandvis.Serve immediately garnished with coconut and coriander
The video link is in Hindi but it will give you an idea of the technique that is needed to make this dish
You Tube Video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C_2p-Si0gvU
Original recipe @
You all know how I love to sneak in vegetables in my cooking wherever and in whichever form I can! So here is another one to add to that collection
I tend to work alot on the basis of the produce my fridge is storing at any given time. So for this recipe, I happened to find a colourful and plump aubergine and some fresh spaghetti my husband has bought, caught my eye…
I was able to make a thick, rich and quite luxurious textured aubergine sauce. With notes of roastedness!! Is there such a word?!!! (well there is now lol! 😉 )
It looked like a shop bought jar sauce but had all the goodness of home cooking! It went down a treat. Also if you don’t loke aubergine, please do give this a go. You may surprise yourself! Have a tremendous Tuesday, much love D x
1 medium aubergine
3 garlic cloves minced
½ tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
400g crushed tomato passata
½ tsp salt
1 red onion finely
⅓ tsp dried oregano
⅓ tsp chilli powder
• Preheat oven to 200°c, grease the aubergine with a little oil and roast for 15-25 minutes until the aubergine skin is wrinkled and the flesh is all soft and squishy
• Blend the aubergine with the skin, garlic and passata together to form a thick rich saucy paste
• In a medium saucepan, heat up the oil on a medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, chilli flakes and oregano together until the onion becomes a little translucent
• Stir in the aubergine tomato passata blend and season with salt and chilli powder, combine well, cover and simmer on a low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
• Serve the yummy sauce with spaghetti or penne..whichever you prefer…Enjoy!
A few years ago, I went out with my colleagues for a meal after work. We all decided on an Italian restaurant that had just opened. We made ourselves comfortable and it was time to order the starters.
A dear colleague of mine, Francesco was speaking to the waiter in Italian and requested a dish that was not on the menu. I was intrigued and when all our starters arrived he got a steaming shallow dish of Spaghetti Aioli/ spaghetti “aglio olio”!
It looked so good and I wish at the time he had ordered I would have gone for the same. Though not on the menu he said that if you request it at restaurants they will most always accommodate as it is very much a loved dish in Italy!
In the next few days l, I just had to recreate this adorable dish for my husband and me. I put a twist on mine with lemon so that the freshness would cut through the strength of the garlic.
We have this very often now! And am so happy that Francesco had this dish as now we get to enjoy it! I hope you do too..
What’s cooking in your kitchen today? I have some stuffed peppers to prepare for lunch! Have a fun filled Wednesday! Much love D x
1 green chilli sliced finely
6 cloves garlic crushed
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste
Lemon to taste
Fresh Spaghetti pre cooked
• Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan with the garlic on a low heat
• Add the chilli and oregano. Let the flavours intermingle. Cook on a gentle heat for 5-8 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic
• Pour in the rest of the oil
• Take off the heat and stir in some salt and fresh lemon juice
• Take the pre cooked spaghetti and place into the saucepan. Gently combine and toss the pasta until it is covered in the garlic oil dressing
• Serve with a sprinkling of parmasen cheese and devour!