• Corn dollies and superstition

    Do you believe in luck? Do you have a lucky charm in your home, something you wear or carry around with you? I do. You…

    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…

    Khoresht-e Fesenjan – Chicken, pomegranate and walnut stew

    The pomegranate is a symbol of life, marriage and fertility. It’s also my favourite fruit. I love fruit that’s tart in taste, but pomegranates also…

    A story of birth

    After a relatively complication-free pregnancy, I’d expected Cyrus’s birth to be no different. I’d had my meetings with consultants and midwives, I’d drawn up a…

    A new home

    I always said that we’d sell our home when we least expected it. However just before I gave birth came as a real surprise.  With…

    Consequences of obesity in pregnancy

    As the subject of obesity hits my radar (again), I would like to explain just how tipping the scales in pregnancy makes a lady feel.…

    Rising to the challenge as a midlife mum

    As superstar Janet Jackson dominates the headlines with news of her first baby at 50, I look at why views are so divided on motherhood…