Category: Multicultural life

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Eating out with baby – 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 just can’t say no to shirini (sweets/cake) and partly because getting back in shape after having a baby takes time,...

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Day 8 of the Fertility Challenge: Mast-o-laboo – yogurt with beetroot

We’ve come to the end of our 8-day fertility challenge featuring a host of Persian recipes. I hope that you’ve enjoyed them. I’m going to end with a variation on a very simple recipe which is something we make and eat on a daily basis. Mast-o-Laboo is a variation on...

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Day 7 of the Fertility Challenge: Khoresht-e aloo – chicken and dried 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 fertility because of their antioxidant...

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Day 6 of the Fertility Challenge: Lubia polow – rice with green beans

Lubia Polow is a dish with fairly modern roots in Persia, but it is my favourite rice dish. It’s not a classic Persian dish and is rarely served at formal dinners, but it’s a really tasty and attractive meal. Although it’s taken quite a number of years to get right....