A Bright Quinoa Salad



Hello all! It has been a while! I have found my kitchen again in this lock down period and have been creating lots of new recipes for you.

As it is sunny here in the UK, I thought it only fitting to make a colourful and healthy salad to lift our spirits.

Though a difficult time, I have always managed to use and create recipes from the ingredients I have in my home so it hasn’t been so bad apart from the constant… “Mummy!! I am hungry!!” song I seem to hear on a constant basis lol.

This salad is packed with protein and nutrients to help us get through this time.  Very simple, easy and versatile.  Feel free to adapt it in anyway!


1 cup pre boiled quinoa

1 yellow bell pepper charred and diced

10 cherry tomatoes chopped

1 small red onion diced

1/2 cucumber diced

1 tin of sweetcorn drained

Handful of coriander chopped


4 tbsp Olive oil

1/2 the juice of a fresh lemon

salt to taste

1/2 tsp sumac

1/4 tsp onion granules

1/2 tsp garlic granules


1, Combine all the prepped veg and quinoa together and mix well in a large bowl.

2, In a smaller bowl, make the dressing with the ingredients above, stir well!

3, Pour the dressing over the salad and intergrate all together.

4, Garnish with fresh coriander and cheese if you wish.  I crumbled Wensleydale cheese over the top and some dried chili flakes.



Going back in time…

I took a trip down memory lane today!

When I was 7 and in primary school we made Jewish potato latkes for Hanukkah and today I thought of making them.

😊I went straight back in my mind to the classroom with all my friends and my teacher trying something new that tantalised my taste buds😊

Potato latkes recipe


3 large red potatoes, peeled & grated

1 small onion grated

1 large egg

Salt to season

Olive oil


Place the grated potato and onion into a colander and squeeze out excess liquid

Mix the egg and salt in a bowl and stir in the potato and onion mix

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan and press the mix into the pan on a low heat

Wait 2 to 3 minutes and carefully flip the latke over

Cook on both sides until golden brown

My New Profession

For the last couple of years as well as cooking up a vegetarian storm, I have set up my very own Business.

Studio ShivAay Photography is nearly two years old and I felt it was time to share my work with my favourite blogging family!

Specialising in children’s photography and family photography. Love capturing emotions and relationships…

Natural, simple and captured

More pictures to follow…until then, love D x

Flaxseed Power

Recently I read on a Facebook post that by eating flax seeds we are not really getting the benefit as they just pass through our internal system.

The best way to absorb all the nutrients and the Omega oils that make this seed a wonder food is to blend it or grind it and put it in something and consume.

I thought what better then to add the seeds to a tomato pasta sauce which in turn gave it more of a thick texture and it stuck to the penne really well!

Simply add a tablespoon of flax seeds to your chopped tomatoes and Blitz and then make your own pasta sauce accordingly!

This is definitely one for the kids especially if they are Fussy Eaters and all they want is pasta with cheese and tomato.

I also add mine to my fruit smoothies.

Hope this helps their friends and that you are all keeping well!

Love Dimple

Smoked Paprika & Coriander Pizza

Recently life has been a bit hectic and not normal so even our diet has been disrupted! We end up craving naughty foods but really want something quick. The chocolate bar or packet of crisps call out to me and I give in readily, however today I made this really simple Mexican/Italian fusion pizza!!

Full of taste and cheese!! Yes as most of you know I adore cheese, it is my absolute weakness combined with tomato, I am in heaven!!!

Here is the recipe for a quick tasty fix…


2 Pitta bread toasted lightly

grated cheddar cheese

handful of fresh coriander

For the sauce

half a cup of crushed tomato

1 tsp rapeseed oil

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

sprinkle of dried oregano

salt to taste


In a small saucepan, heat the oil on a low heat with the oregano. Once it sizzles pour in the crushed tomato with the rest of the ingredients

Keep on low, stir well and cook for 5 minutes

Once the sauce is done, spread on the pitta bread, and top with the coriander and grated cheese

Place under the grill until the cheese is melted and then devour!

Meet Alfie


I just have to introduce you all to the new member of the Shivaay Delights family ~ Alfie is our 11 week old mini orange lop in house rabbit!  He’s very cute, adorable and cuddly but is extremely cheeky, similar to my 2 boys 😉

Loving him hopping around our living space. Thoroughly enjoying having him with us.

Do you have pets?  Please share with us in the comments. Look forward to hearing from you all X

Have a relaxing weekend!

A Baked Broccoli Kofta Curry….

Shivaay Delights


I absolutely love to find new recipes to try and am able to get a variety everyday on the Facebook interactive food group. With over 6000 members, I have made many friends and you can imagine the amount of vegetarian food dishes, recipes and ideas that are flying around.

I see so many that I wish to make, that now I have started to bookmark them. The first one I couldn’t wait to cook was The Baked Broccoli Kofta Curry by Swathi Pareek @ Cooking wid joy and what an outstanding recipe. Firstly what stood out at me was that the koftas were baked rather than fried and the ingredients were really healthy with hardly any use of oil.

What resulted was a superb curry with an intense broccoli hit of kofta in the most delectable tomato based curry. Swati! What a fantastic recipe!! One I know I will…

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