Sweet Semolina Halwa Pudding

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I have always been wanting to make the dishes that my Mum made look so simple to make.  I would sit on the kitchen stool and watch in awe.  One sweet item I have always wanted to try is a warm sweet semolina dessert.  A halwa..little grains of semolina combined with flaked nuts and overall aromatic saffron undertones.

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I followed an amazing recipe by Dassana Amit @ http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/saffron-halwa/.  I made half of the quantity stated and found when adding the milk there was plenty to go round.  A wonderful Indian semolina pudding…something a little different but I guarantee you’ll get hooked!

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Spiced Candied Almonds

My 3 year old has just about recovered and now my youngest was lucky to get the chicken pox. I have many a recipe and pictures to write and put up but busy with my little ones!
I hope you enjoy these spiced candied almonds in the meantime friends!
Have a restful weekend! Much love D x

Shivaay Delights

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Sweet, spicy and a hint of chilli is the trio of flavour you will get with these candied almonds that crystallize as they cool down. The sugar flecks off of them with salt to lift the sweetness.

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Almonds are great for vitamin E and in turn for your skin and hair. What better way than to have them do a wonderful job for the body but also a taste sensation for our palettes!

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I used less sugar so that I got a crisp coating on the almond rather than a sticky one, I know I will be making these again! And very soon!!

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole almonds
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ tsp mixed spice
pinch of red chilli powder
1 tbsp water
Sea Salt for sprinkling

METHOD

• Line a baking sheet with some greaseproof paper

• In a thick bottom base saucepan gently heat the sugar, water…

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Healing Foods

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So many of us have been told! Well I have been!!! By my lovely Mum to eat this or that. Prepare this for when your ill! This will help! I have always been open to home remedies first as I never liked taking medicine.

Coming from an Indian background and a Mum and Dad that will always find the best solution to help us. I have always been exposed to using food, herbs, spices and fruits in a healing manner.

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Sometimes your body requires certain vitamins and minerals and you are informed through cravings! I strongly believe this as I start eating certain foods due to a strong craving and then find out I’m lacking in that particular food component!

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When women are pregnant, we do listen to our bodies more. It’s like our precious little one is letting us know what he or she needs from us, in the form of nourishment. I think we should, men and women should pay more attention to what are bodies are telling us.

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I think it’s always great to add certain foods to our diet to help alleviate symptoms and heal our bodies. Alongside science we can co exist and aid the illness or deficiency!

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I will be sharing information with you all that will help your in day to day life. Which indeed thoroughly supports me in the way I eat and to make life that bit easier. A healthy body, is a healthy mind and a happy soul! ♡

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If you have any amazing food facts or home remedies that work for you and your family, please feel free to share them with all of us. Just send me a link or email and I will add them to this series! Referring to you and your wonderful blogs xxx

I really hope you enjoy my new addition to Shivaay Delights and look forward to hearing from you all and your experiences with food that heals you!
Have a healthy and peaceful day!
Much love D x

Almond and chocolate biscotti

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Biscotti also known as biscotti di Prato and cantuccini. Twice baked Italian biscuits from the Italian city of Prato. Wonderful dunked in a strong coffee or cappuccino and they keep for some time, so can be enjoyed for longer. So many variations can be made and I shall be making up some more flavours soon, maybe with a twist! so stay tuned!

INGREDIENTS

100g almonds chopped roughly
100g Chocolate chips or gravel size chocolate chunks
250g plain flour
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
150g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extra
3 large eggs lightly beaten

METHOD

1.  Preheat oven to 180ºc/350ºf/gas mark 4.  In a large mixing bowl, throw in all the ingredients (apart from the eggs) mix well. Slowly stir in the beaten eggs and form into a dough using your hands.  If dough is a little wet add a bit more flour, but dough should be very soft

2.  Divide dough into two, and shape into two flat loaf shapes of about 3 cm thickness and 15-18 cm length.  Place both loaves on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and bake for 20 minutes.  Leave the loaves to cool completely but leave oven on for second bake

3. Once cooled cut the loaves into 5mm slices and rebake again for a further 10 minutes this will crisp up the biscotti.  Cool on a wire rack.  Serve with a chocolate fondant or coffee or both! Indulge!

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Adapted from Baking magic, Kate Shirazi with Susannah Blake