Shivaay Delights… Sharing Super Blogs!

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Hello my fabulous friends, hope your week was great! I have a busy day today as Indian wedding season kicks off here in the UK but I had to share my Fab 4 of the week. These brilliant bloggers are just sooooo cool! Check them out and please connect with them!

Here we go!…

Scratch it! from the extremely talented Tracy…I have seriously fallen in love with this blog! so versatile, so beautiful and so many varieties of recipes….
By Tracy “Just a Korean born, Polish raised, east coaster who’s fallen in love with the west coast, newlywed, who loves to cook and who is slightly obsessed with our four legged son and following adorable dogs on Instagram. With the help of my studly husband our goal is to cook entirely from scratch; here’s our journey to that lifestyle.”

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How cute are these little mini ricotta chimichurri bruchettas? So pretty!…@ http://scratchitcook.com/2014/05/07/ricotta-chimichurri-bruchetta/

Laura’s Mess, I am truly inspired by Laura and she has been a friend from the beginning. A refreshing and pristine blog, so welcoming and simple and adorned by so much culinary creativity!

Healthy meals and in her own words ~ “our everyday menu consists of healthy food crammed full of whole grains, antioxidants, vegetables and good fats (probably 75% plant based) but we’re definitely not averse to the odd cream cake or two. You’ll see a mix of everything on here. I’ll try to maintain categories to make things user friendly.”

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Pomegranate and star anise… how cool?! @ http://laurasmess.me/2014/05/04/pomegranate-and-star-anise-soda/

I came across Jill’s lemon meringue fudge recipe this week @ Crescent number nine and I couldn’t believe it! Lemon fudge…are you kidding me? the ultimate in amazingness! my favourite fruit with fudginess! It seriously can’t get better than this? Can it?!

Jill shares her bio with us and I can’t wait to make these squares of delight… http://crescentnumbernine.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/lemon-meringue-fudge/

“I’m Jill and I’m a primary school teacher with a love of crafts, a passion for reading, an obsession for organisation and a desire to improve my lovely home. I am new to blogging but hope to be able to collate my thoughts, ideas and projects all in one place.
 I have a dream of one day having my very own craft room where I will be able to make and design things all day long”

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My dear friend Ngan…an outstanding blogger, a talented cook, baker…who was one of my first WP friends that made a recipe of mine. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me, knowing that something I created in my kitchen was being made in somebody else’s kitchen around the world! I’ll never forget that feeling and it’s all thanks to Ngan who posted my peas and potato curry recipe on her blog. She gave me the confidence to go on and spread my recipes further. Thank you honey!

I drool at her pictures of fantastic recipes and these macaroons are no exception!

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http://ngansequitur.com/2014/04/18/passover-the-macaroons-and-almond-cookies-please/

Have a wonderful week ahead and I’ll be in touch! Much love D x

My Writing Process Blog Tour

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I am so excited that Ada @ More Food Please invited me to be a part of the My Writing Process blog tour! I have followed Ada’s blog from when I started to blog. She is an inspiration to me and also has become a dear friend on Facebook via WordPress. Ada’s recipes are soooo yummy and you’ll be wanting More food always as you look through her posts!

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For those who are unfamiliar with how the blog tour works, I answer a set of questions about my writing process and then introduce three other bloggers who will answer the same set of questions next week. Each of them would also introduce a set of three bloggers for the following week, and so on.

Recently I am finding that I am writing a lot more for my blog but my favourite Baking element has been put on hold…that and I’m trying to lose weight for my cousin’s wedding in August! So I’m trying not to tempt fate and bake any goodies lol!

My blog covers a range of vegetarian recipes that I either write up or adapt, mainly dependent upon the ingredients I have in the fridge. I have also written about Ayurveda which I have been interested in since I was a teenager. It is now that my passion for cooking that was stirred by the encouragement from my Aunt, allows me to explore this fascination even more.

The main reason for me starting the blog last year in July 2013 is because of my Aunt, who passed over of Cancer and who I have dedicated my blog Shivaay Delights to. I write to keep the passion of cooking which she ignited in me and to keep her memory alive! Recently I made a dish that I had made with her and it brought back such wonderful memories.

I write about my day to day experiences with food, be it cooking or eating or even pictures or thoughts I may have come across that insires me. I also write a weekly “Sharing super blogs” post, where I choose my Fab Four Bloggers off the week. I’m hoping to get round to all of my stunning blogging friends and their amazing blogs…

So without further ado let me introduce you to 3 more brilliant bloggers, who are close to my heart…and who will carry on the writing tour next week….

Firstly Sonal over @ Simply Vegetarian 777. A creative vegetarian blogger, a friend and most importantly has taken on the roll of my surrogate chilli sister as we both can’t get enough of it! She has always encouraged me and welcomed me into her blogging world and friends. Her recipes are divine, bursting full of flavour and you’ll always find something different to experience on a daily basis.

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Now comes my incredible Italian friend Michaela who explores her love of Italian food and from whom I have learnt to make authentic Italian dishes. Her tiramisu is to die for! I can’t wait to meet her one day and cook with her. Holiday in Italy…friends and food what more could you ask for! But for now go have yourself an Italian journey via Easy Italian Cuisine

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Prudy, Prudy, Prudy…my stunning friend over @ Butter, Basil & Breadcrumbs . She is a gorgeous person, never forgets to leave beautiful words after every recipe I write but must importantly I am inspired by her loveable energy and beyond original recipe ideas. Her logo is soooo cool and so is she…so please had over to and see for yourself…

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Thank you so much Ada , for allowing me to be a part of this tour! I am looking forward to reading the posts for next week’s blog tour!

See you all soon…much love D x

 

Shivaay Delights…Sharing Super Blogs!

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This week I am super excited, meaning I’m more excited than usual lol! I have become an aunt for the second time and saw my little bundle of joy yesterday! You can really forget how small newborn babies are. All other things that seem to matter don’t matter anymore when you’re cuddling this new seedling. Congratulations to my brother and wife. Thank you for another cutie pie!

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Now to even more celebration…My Fabulous 4 of the week!

Miss Marzipan…a beautiful and extremely talented cook. She describes herself as “A curious soul + a dash of inspiration, sweetened to taste = the satisfaction of creative DIY!”
“….a sweet-toothed girl (who also loves her veggies!), a grateful mother to a gorgeous toddler and a baby Cupcake (my nickname for her) and a quiet explorer who seeks the creative satisfaction of ‘doing it herself’.

Miss M also not only creates stunning dishes but also touches upon important questions that we would love to understand. A light and balloon feel like blog that just lifts your spirit as soon as you connect! Just brilliant…Enjoy…I know you will!

http://missmarzipan.com/2014/04/26/sugar-free-easter-treats-beetroot-red-velvet-cupcakes-for-an-iqs-inspired-celebration/

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Pizza Rossa…a simple yet extremely effective and original blog. The cooking and baking is beyond creative. The recipes are absolutely to my liking and out of this world! Rachael has been a vegetarian since her teenage years and now lives in Switzerland. She loves all types of cuisine especially Italian, just like me! There are so many recipes that I wish to post of hers but I will just give you a little feel of what you’re about to enter and see. I know you will return again and again! http://pizzarossa.me/2014/04/21/pina-colada-macarons/

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My dear Melissa over @ the enchanting “Glen House”. A blog set up and centered around her stunning home in Ireland. Not only do we get a chance to be invited into her home but we also get to go to her holiday home in Goa, India. Melissa is a gifted baker and cook and I adore her kitchen actually no! I am in love with the whole house! So quaint and picturesque you’ll never want to leave. Thank you Melissa for your ever loving support!

http://theglenhouse.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/fiesta-friday-brownies/

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This week I came across an inspiring article by the amazing Heather Blynn! An article about women being their own kind of beautiful. Allowing yourself to be yourself and not comparing to anyone else. Written so well..it truly lifted my spirit that I had to go on to explore the blog even more so, for myself. What I found was a revelation…and has touched my soul! I am yet to read up on more of her enticing posts, come join me! As I start this journey…

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http://heatherblynn.com/2014/04/28/women-be-your-own-kind-of-beautiful/

I hope you are enjoying finding new blogs and beautiful new bloggers! I’ve already got my next four lined up! See you next week…have a great one! Much love D x

Shivaay Delights..Sharing Super Blogs

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I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my Fab four blogs with you last week and here I introduce you all my friends, to four more wonderful bloggers…
I’ve found it so difficult to share only four blogs a week, as I just want to share so many! However in time I know I will get round to you, as I appreciate you all. I’m also loving the fact that I am able to explore new blogs too by doing this post. So I am having way too much fun!

☆ I start off with Afra Cooking…Afra started her blog in March 2012 after her kitchen had been newly renovated. What a fantastic way to start! Her first post was one of my most favourite foods in the whole wide world..the perfect boiled egg. This is what I love about Afra, she cooks what makes her happy and in turn that joyful energy comes through to the reader. A lovely person and one who has supported me and Shivaay Delights, both here on WordPress and on Facebook. Thank you honey…

http://afracooking.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/tarte-tatin/

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This is an absolute stunning tarte tatin and the picture…simply splendid!

☆ Jhuls…Jhuls..Jhuls! A dear friend who comments on my posts daily, who is a kind and loving soul. Who is also very generous when it comes to giving away awards. So here I repay her love and kindness. The blog she has titled “The not so creative cook”, but that is so far from the truth! Jhuls cooks everything and its extremely creative, I especially love her baking. In particular these

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http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/fiesta-friday-11-bars-of-gooey-ness-and-blissfulness/

The narrative is fantastic and funny and she is like a ray of sunshine in my life. Thank you Jhuls!

☆ I have recently come across Aneela’s blog “The odd pantry” , The way she writes is very entertaining. She has a way with words and the food is fantastic…Her own about description of herself wil keep you hooked. It did me!
“I am an Indian transplant in San Francisco who loves to cook. I love to cook because I love to eat; I get bored easily, and I need constant experiments to keep my palate from snoozing.”

A lovely bright layout, so welcoming and warm, just like Aneela’s personality

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http://theoddpantry.com/2013/10/26/solid-citizen-channa-dal/

☆ On to the lovely Serena @ The rustic plate..a blog that had me at rustic. Fresh ingredients prepared in a simple way, and boy does Serena do that! Stunning compilation of dishes and recipes to comfort your inner child. Just wow! From breads and biscuits to salads and sweet treats. You will find everything you want at the rustic plate. Go roam around and have a look for yourself….

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http://rusticplate.com/2014/04/15/some-cream-of-tomato-soup-please-but-hold-the-cream/

Shivaay Delights…Sharing Super Blogs!

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I want to show my appreciation to my fellow foodie blogger friends,  for all the support and love they give to me on a regular basis.  Awards are lovely but I really wanted to show off individual creations from these wonderful cooks.  So today starts the first of many Sharing Super Blogs posts and fantastic food creations…

I start off with Prudy from Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs…a beautiful person and an amazing cook.  She has a variety of foods that she posts and her skills are endless.  A beautiful lay out of her blog, especially the characterized cook busy in the kitchen entices you to come back and see what more Prudy has been cooking and baking away.  I particularly love this recipe that I saw this week from Prudy…

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Looks so delish…I posted it on my Facebook page and so many people have loved it too…Strawberry Banana & Cheesecake Splits…Thanks for always being there Prudy…x

The pretty Lillian over @ Sugar and Cinnamon is a very talented pattisier who not only tries to make healthy versions of her favorite desserts but tries her hand at Vegan recipes plus she herself is lactose intolerant.  This doesn’t stop her.  Lillian never fails to amaze me with the range and variety of desserts she creates and posts.  I like Sugar and Cinnamon and you can see that in my recipes but I love Lillian’s “Sugar and Cinnamon” blog!

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A stunning picture showcasing Lillian’s Chocolate & Coconut Tarts.  How can you resist them???

Next is amazing Amruta..who is over @ Minty Chai…love the blog name, as I love mint and can’t do without my chai! In her own words “Cooking and baking is my favorite way to unwind and photography is a hobby I developed as I travelled around and wanted to capture the world from my perspective.” And boy does she capture it well. You must see her outstanding photography…here is just a snippet

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This extremely elegant Fig And Mascarpone Tart had me at the fact that the figs are homegrown! Wow…How I would love to grow such exquisite fruit…The flavour combination is superb and I for one can’t wait to make it!

I have recently started following the lovely Farianti over @ Simple Delights..I absolutely adore her simple style of cooking and the delights she creates are too good not to be shared. You all know my love for Nutella, so when I saw this Nutella Filled French Toast recipe…my mouth was watering just by looking at the pictures

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Follow Farianti and you will be introduced to delightful recipes and such a kind person. Thank you for your support for Shivaay Delights!

So here you have my Fab Four for the week and I will be back next week with some more incredible fellow blogger friends that I wish to show off and thank!
Have yourselves an exciting Easter break, much love D x