Shab-e Yalda celebrations with family across the miles

Shab-e Yalda, the Persian winter solstice celebration, is a time for family get-togethers. But how can you celebrate when your in-laws are 4,000 miles away? Special event It’s a bittersweet reality, but I have learned over the years that I can be close to my in-laws…

Try some authentic Persian dishes in Newcastle

If you are tired of the usual kebabs and want to try some authentic Persian dishes in Newcastle, visit one of the places chosen by Saffron and Cyrus. Persian Delight was originally set up seven years ago. Food is served fresh, quickly and most importantly –…

Visiting Fenwick’s window at Christmas

There is something quite magical happening right now in Newcastle and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at one city department store. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to Fenwick’s annual Christmas window display. The traditional window themes have…

What to eat after giving birth as a new mum over 40

After you’ve had a baby it’s really important to take care of yourself and eat foods that give you energy. What do you eat after giving birth? Persian kachi pudding is one of the most nourishing recipes in Iran for women after they have given birth.…

Ways to get free baby stuff when you’re pregnant

Free baby stuff can be a lifesaver if you’re pregnant as a new mum over 40. Babies need a lot of stuff and those things can really get expensive. I read that new parents face bills of around a quarter of a million pounds to raise…

What exercise can I do as a new mum?

Staying fit and healthy was a priority as a new mum over 40 throughout my pregnancy that’s why I took up a buggies, bums and tums class. When I tipped the scales at my six-week check, I started to worry what my post-baby figure would look like.…