Spiced Candied Almonds

#AF&HN2014 says ” Nice one Shivaay” will give this one a try, for my next #SpecialOccasionParty

Shivaay Delights


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.


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!


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!!



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


• Line a baking sheet with some greaseproof paper

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

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The best of London’s hotel restaurants: From HIX Mayfair to The Ritz

#AF&HN2014 says ” My friend and the Head Chef l worked for and trained with worked here for a short while. God Bless John RIP Regards CJ


When working out where’s best to dine around London, hotel restaurants aren’t necessarily the first idea that springs to mind.  However this capital’s best chefs are usually found associated with these kitchens. Michelin starred dining, restored 19th century architecture and Mayfair post codes – temporary accommodation has never served such glamorous food.

HIX Mayfair is an excellent example of traditional British fine dining. The menu offering sustainably caught fish, changes every three weeks.  HIX is located inside Browns hotel, the oldest hotel in London, built in 1837, it showcases work by artists including John Rankin and Tracey Emin.  Their stand out main was a fillet of Kingairloch red deer with a flavourful spiced haggis encased in a cabbage wrapping and woodland mushrooms.  Hix delivers with top quality classic cooking, locally caught and foraged produce and excellent service.

 33 Albemarle St, W1S 4BP, a meal for two with wine approximately £200.

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