• How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

    One of the most unforgettable parts of my trip to Morocco was the numerous glasses of mint tea that I drank in the various cities that I visited. Moroccans love their green tea, flavoured with fresh spearmint, which is served at any time of day on a tray – complete in a traditional Moroccan tea pot called a berrad, and slender, cylindrical tea glasses that appear in a variety of colours and designs.   Mint tea, or “atay” (“tea”) as Moroccans refer to it, is an essential part of their culture and is a sign of hospitality. Upon our arrival at our hotel in Chefchaouen (or the Blue City), we…

  • 10 Ways to Nurture Essential Life Skills in Your Child

    From the time my son was very young, he would beg for either a car or Lego set every time we entered a toy store. Being the strong-willed child that he is, I had to be very firm and remind him firstly, that it was a want and not a need, and secondly, that it was not on our budget. However, I did make him aware that he could use his own savings to buy it if he really wanted it. I would only relent when it was his birthday, his Eid gift, or reached a specific goal.   Over the years, it has become quite normal for him to…

  • Back to School Tips for Busy Mums

    The Summer holidays are over and its time for a new academic year for your child. While the start of a new school year is exciting, the reality is that a few days/weeks into the first term, you find yourself struggling as a mum. Here are a few back to school tips for busy mums:     Create a routine that works for all members of your family. Get your kids involved by allowing them to choose the times for their school/madressah homework so that they feel involved and are more inclined to follow it.   Set a specific bed time for school days and stick to it like glue.…

  • Making Fresh Pasta

    When I studied Italian as an undergrad many years ago, the Italian lecturer told us that she makes fresh pasta daily in her house and that we all should try it as it’s just not the same as store-bought pasta. I remember thinking to myself, I can barely make perfectly round and soft rotis, why on earth would I even consider making my own pasta. More than a decade later on one rainy night in the tents of Mina (during my Hajj pilgrimage), a lovely Zambian lady who owned a restaurant back home, convinced the rest of us ladies (yes, we really should have been praying but somehow the topic…

  • Book Review: Weaning Sense by Meg Faure & Kath Megaw

    I first heard the authors of Weaning Sense (Quivertree Publications, 2017) speak when I attended the Clicks Baby Meet Up at Moses Mabhida Stadium late last year, a week before I gave birth to my second child. Meg Faure is an occupational therapist and author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense (among other titles), and Kath Megaw is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in paediatrics, and the founder of Nutripaeds. Their talk about COLLAB weaning – a scientific-based approach that takes the baby’s age, temperament and personality into consideration – won me over and I purchased a copy of the book at the event. Now that Ibraheem is…

  • Majestic Mosques & Divine Desserts: A Week in Istanbul

    It was when I was sitting on the first floor of the charming Hafiz Mustafa café, located at a busy crossroad in the Sirkeci district, that overlooks the bustling narrow street below with its constant chime of the trams, roar of the busses, impatient hoots of the taxis and cars, jingle of the bicycles, and the steady stream of pedestrians, that I realised I am in love with the city of Istanbul. From our view on the first floor, which extended down the hill, allowing us a glimpse of the Golden Horn, we sampled a local dessert called kunefe (made with phyllo pastry, stringy cheese, syrup, and pistachios, and served…

  • Smorgasbord of Sweets and Savouries: Ramadaan in South Africa

    As a child, I knew that Ramadaan was approaching when we received a large package of kajoor (dates) with “Compliments from the Vawda family” neatly printed on the attached label. For each year the Vawdas supplied the neighbourhood Muslims with their dates. When I think of Ramadaan, I think of a renewed sense of faith, spirituality and hope. Then I think of the food. For fasting, on the most basic level, is about abstaining from food. Yet as wives and mothers we are constantly challenged by our families to provide the tastiest of meals, especially during Ramadaan. Ironic as it may be, here in South Africa, the majority of Muslim…