Travel Diaries – Day 3 Sydney

Kids are still jet lagged. They slept in late. We didn’t want to push them. This gave us some time to each other. I made us a quite breakfast and we talked at length about life in general and what we wanted to do as a family. It was relaxing. This year had been exceptionally…

Travel Diaries- Sydney Day 2

Sohail asked the boys “when have you guys ever slept hungry. We always find food even in the strangest of places” Yousuf is quiet now. I could tell from his face he was thinking hard. Yahya with his sparkling eye and split second response comes up “I have slept hungry”. Sohail is taken a back…

Travel Diaries – Sydney Day 1

Today I realised how much I missed grocery shopping … a visit to Coles and I just couldn’t stop. All my mind said “ah I can make something with that” “oh I haven’t had that in a long time” “what fresh vegetables”. After 24 hours of travelling and the last leg of 14 hours straight…

Fig Jam with Walnuts, Sesame seeds and Mastic Gum

I discovered my love for figs in Singapore. Fig is one of the few fruits mentioned in the Holy Quran (the religious Book for Muslims) and in Hadith (literature which documents what the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) had said) that it was a fruit that had Medicinal properties. Figs trace their history back…

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potatoes- what are they really?  Many people like me think that sweet potatoes are just regular potatoes that are orange, purple or pale muddy yellow, but they are in fact a completely different vegetable. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes have much more vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C and even…

Hummus and its numerous benefits 

My favourite dip of all time is the Hummus. The simple but enchanting yet very versatile dip of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini flavoured with salt, garlic or paprika or cumin has had me under a spell since the day I first made it. I use daily for breakfast with my bread, as a…

National Day celebrations – my motherland my home

Dressed in green and white for the Independence Day celebrations in children’s school, I felt strongly patriotic. As I had ironed my clothes the night before I had felt strangely happy. A happiness which is hard to describe, a happiness that we all feel when we celebrate the National Day.  Of all the things that…

A good day it was

A good day it was.  Yahya slept better, got up in a good mood. Last night he didn’t come to my room. I got up in the middle of night worried that I had not heard his tiny knock on the door. I stumbled out of the bed and checked my door lock and it…

A rainy morning tale 

A beautiful Karachi morning with a rain shower. From the overcast sky tiny droplets of water fell, though not fast enough to soak me but slowly clouding my glasses. My vision was now marred with these minuscule drops. I resisted the strong urge to take off my glasses and wipe them with my scarf. I…

First page of my new book..

The first day of school. My youngest had been nervous, anxious but excited nevertheless. He feared walking in and not knowing anyone. What if no one spoke to him he asked me the night before as we got ready to sleep. Why don’t you speak to them I said. What if no one wants to…

His tiny heart was sad 

Yahya got up this morning complaining of a stomach ache.  Last night he woke up in the middle of the night and walked to my room. He carried his water bottle in one hand, his torch in the other and a pillow under his arm. He gently knocked on the door, a knock that perhaps…

Another day- I’m not ready for this adventure 

The waves lapped on the rocks as the tide came in. A gentle swish sound. Calming and soothing to the ears. It was a typical Karachi summer morning; the very deceptive kind I may add. The sky was overcast; the perfect cloud cover. The kind that you get before the heavens burst into tiny droplets….