Merry Christmas From Shivaay Delights

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This whole week is packed full of festivities with friends, family and loved ones! Yesterday we went out to London to a Winter Wonderland especially designed for children and it was definitely a memorable evening!

Here are some pictures, so you too can share these moments with us my friends!

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES…

Much love, D x

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The Christmas Bake Off…Final 5!

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The Christmas bake off competition for winning the Tefal Optigrill is closed! It is now up to YOU to help choose the WINNER!!!

The final five entries have been chosen.  You will be able to vote over @ Sharing Food With Shivaay Delights

Come on over and like the picture of the bake you wish to win!

I’m so excited…Results will be announced in 24 hours!  Good luck to all our entrants!
And thank you to all that participated!

Let’s vote friends x

See you there!…love D x

A Baking Competition with TefalUK

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I am so,so excited to announce my first ever Baking Competition here at Shivaay Delights.com.  I am teaming up with Tefal UK for a chance of all Shivaay Delights friends in the UK to win a “Sleek Black Awesome TEFAL OPTIGRILL

I have one and it is amazing, here it is in action @My Optigrill! . Not for just vegetarian food, the grill specialises in cooking and grilling all types of food to different culinary requests and needs.  A really smart piece of kit, just in time for Christmas too!

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I will be announcing the details of the competition on Monday 1st December here on the blog.  Please share this with friends and family and to keep updated get them to join via email.  Will also be updated on the interactive Facebook group “Sharing Food With Shivaay Delights”

Only open to those in the UK.  I really apologise in advance to all non UK friends.  I hope to incorporate an international feel soon…

Have a lovely weekend, much love D x

The Chocolate French Cake…

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Yesterday we went to my sister in law Sushila’s house and she had made a lovely Thai curry with rice for lunch and an immensely sumptuous chocolate cake for dessert! As I walked into the kitchen, initially I thought I saw a chocolate sponge cake but how wrong could I have been!

When the time came to have dessert, I was profoundly surprised that the chocolate sponge was indeed the most moist, rich , sweet and velvety textured almost chocolate mousse like cake. It was partnered with some sweetened fresh whipped cream. Just in having a spoonful of this cake…I was in absolute heaven.

I just had to have the recipe for myself and for all of you too…don’t say I never think of you all 😉

Thanks so much Sushila…We had a wonderful time and the cake you made will stay with us forever!!!

Thanks M…For taking the great pictures!

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So here it is The French Chocolate Cake…by Martha Day

INGREDIENTS

150g caster sugar
275g plain chocolate chopped
175g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp vanilla essence
5 eggs separated
40g plain flour sifted
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar for dusting

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METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160°c. Grease a 24cm springform cake tin, sprinkle with a little sugar and tap out the excess

Place the chocolate, butter and sugar in a saucepan, cook over a low heat until melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla essence and leave to cool slightly

Beat the egg yolks, one at a time, into the chocolate mixture, then stir in the flour

Beat the egg whites with the salt until soft peaks form. Beat one third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the rest

Pour into the the tin. Bake the cake for 35 to 45 minutes, until well risen and the top springs back when touched lightly. Transfer to a cooling rack. Remove the sides of the tin. Once cool, remove the tin base, dust with icing sugar, slice and serve with soft whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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I ♡ Christmas Trees!

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The Christmas Tree ~ one of my ultimate favourite things at Christmas time!  I love trees all year round but there is something very uplifting for the spirit when you gaze at a beautifully decorated and lit Christmas tree!

It doesn’t matter what you put on it.  It can be minimal or eccentric or just simply a sentimental tradition with the same decorations every year! Or add ons as the years go by, making new memories that we remember each year at this festive time!

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I just adore this song, so wanted to share with you all.  I’ve been humming it all the time since we put up our tree and my little one has been singing along too!

I’m sure you will be humming it after reading this too ~

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ’tis cold and drear.  O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas tree, Afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright, There’s only splendor for the sight.O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Thou bidst us true and faithful be, And trust in God unchangingly.O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee!!”

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A Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Garlic Cream Cheese

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Recently in this cold, grey weather I’ve been fancying lots of hot drinks and soups and then I see this lonesome sweet potato sitting on top of its potato cousins.  It gives me an idea to roast it! (One thing my grandad loved to do!) And then I pictured a gorgeous striking orange soup.

So here we have it, my roasted sweet potato soup for one! Yes, me only! My boys had eaten so this was my perfect late lunch! With the aroma of oregano, garlic and the finishing of coriander leaves really does make this soup very special indeed. It is the roasting that secures the ultimate flavour and then the silkiness of the cream cheese to add even more depth to it!

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So easy, so simple yet so delicious! Even though I say so myself! 😉 Hope you enjoy! Have a peaceful day! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 large sweet potato
1 clove garlic crushed
1½ cups light vegetable stock
¼ tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp low fat butter spread/butter
1 tsp low fat garlic & herbs cream cheese
Dried coriander leaves to garnish

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 200°c/400°f, wash and prick the sweet potato. Roast on a baking dish for 30-40 minutes

• Once soft and roasted, peel off the potato skin, dice into cubes

• Melt the butter with the crushed garlic, add the oregano and stir

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• Throw in the sweet potato, coat well in the butter and cook on a low to medium heat for 5 minutes

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• Pour over the vegetable stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes

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• Use a hand blender or soup blender to whizz the sweet potato into smooth soup

• Ladle into a large bowl and stir in the low fat cream cheese, garnish with the dried coriander leaves

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Coconut And Date Balls

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A guest recipe from my sister in law Amrita, who brought round these tasty date balls. A delicious quick sweet which has no added sugar as the dates naturally sweeten them. Coat in coconut according to taste and if you want them to be a bit more Christmassy then adding a little orange zest will do the trick!

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An alternative to chocolate but still extremely satisfying! I asked her for the recipe and she shared it instantly ad lib. These little sweets are just lovely and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have done! Thank you so much for sharing Amrita! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

250g pitted date block/paste
2 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter
5 tbsp roasted unsalted peanuts crushed
Unsweetened desiccated coconut to coat

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METHOD

• Heat up the ghee/butter in a non stick medium saucepan on a low heat for 2 minutes. When melted, break in the date block and simmer until the date block has become a paste. Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally

• Add the crushed peanuts, combine and cook for a further 5 minutes

• Take off the heat and let the date mixture cool down a little, when warm take small amounts of mixture and roll into balls covering in coconut as the last step

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Gooey Chocolate Meringues & Glitter Manicure!

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I’ve never attempted meringues but had some left over egg whites so I couldn’t resist! I wanted them to remain sticky and gooey! Which I think I have achieved! Yay!

In my recipe I have lessened the amount of sugar as it is replaced with some sweetness from the milk chocolate!

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The cocoa gives it a sense of maltiness when combined with the cooked egg whites! A real sweet treat to end your meal on a sugaring high!

For my first attempt they were lovely in texture and flavour! Though I feel I need to shape them better next time. More varieties will make an appearance I’m sure!

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INGREDIENTS

90-100g caster sugar
5 medium egg whites
pinch of salt
50mg grated milk chocolate
½ tbsp cocoa powder

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

• Whisk egg whites in a large mixing bowl either with an electric whisk or by hand
until the egg whites turn into stiff peaks

• Slowly add the sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk gently

• Fold in the cocoa powder and grated chocolate

• Using a metal spoon dollop to a rough round on to the baking tray. Working quickly as not to lose the air that has been built up in the meringue mixture

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• Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, the outside shell will be crisp. Turn off the oven and leave them in the oven with it ajar to cool

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I woke up really really early this morning and decided to do my weekly manicure. I had to add glitter because of the christmas feel and seeing golden baubles everywhere! So now my nails are sporting the festive look!

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