EATING OUT: Viona Patisserie, Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London

While some very fortunate women seem to shed the pounds after giving birth with ease, there are many others like me who don’t. I admit that it’s partly because I enjoy eating out and just can’t say no to shirini (sweets/cake) and partly because getting back…

HEALTHY LIVING: Persian lamb and aubergine stew

I first tasted Khoresht-e Gheymeh Bademjan during a family visit in Persia. I just loved the taste of it so much, I told everyone I met. What I didn’t know at this point was that Persians like to serve their guests in abundance and consider it…

HEALTHY LIVING: Mast-o-Laboo recipe

Mast-o-Laboo is a variation on the traditional Persian dish Mast-o-Khiar. Instead of making this yogurt dish with cucumber, we’re going to add beetroot instead. Beetroot is traditionally used to cleanse the blood and support liver function. However research has shown that because it contains a good…

Khoresht-e aloo – chicken and sour plum stew

Khoresht-e aloo is a firm family favourite and was one of the dishes I craved during my pregnancy with Cyrus. It’s such a warm, comforting dish with both sweet and sour flavours. Aloo cheh or dried sour plums are among the foods most likely to enhance…

HEALTHY LIVING: Persian kotlet recipe

If you’re a busy mum looking for something easy to cook for the kids, then look no further. Persian kotlet is comfort food that can be eaten hot or cold and served with either a flatbread or rice – making them ideal snacks at picnics or…

Sabzeh khordan

Being in Persia during weeks six and seven of my pregnancy was a real blessing. It meant that although I was suffering with morning sickness, when I was able to eat, I was consuming all the right nutrients for a healthy pregnancy. As part of my…

Sholleh zard – saffron rice pudding

Sholleh zard – saffron rice pudding – has a very special place in the hearts of our family. When I found out I was pregnant with Cyrus after having a miscarriage, my in-laws vowed to pray every day for a healthy viable pregnancy. As well as…