Beyond the food

Cape Malay Culture and Heritage

  • Cape Malay Ramadhan traditions

    My memories of Cape Malay Ramadhan traditions in Cape Town are of joyous family time, where families reconnect, worship and eat together. A time when the rat race was left behind and every family member ...

  • My Cape Malay DNA Ethnicity decoded

    The DNA Ethnicity Estimate that I received recently calls in to question much of what I thought I knew about my ancestry. I have always wondered about my origins and ancestry with little means to determine ...

  • Tips for a successful Ramadhan

    Ramadhan is the sacred month when Muslims fast for the pleasure of our Creator; when we set an intention to be disciplined in our fasting and our worship so that we may nourish our souls and rejuvenate ...

  • The way we were – Traditions

    Ramadhan, Eid, Easter and Christmas; there are many shared traditions and customs that exist in the communities of the Cape Flats despite diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Easter and ...

  • Lifestyle

  • Zero waste Ramadhan

    On the first day of fasting I decided that I would try to eliminate wastefulness and aim for a zero waste Ramadhan. If you are not sure how to make the most of your time during the auspicious month then ...

  • Travel

    I have countless happy memories of holiday travel with my family; from childhood vacations down the Garden route during the apartheid era, to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand where they somehow I assumed ...

  • Wellness

  • Cook and Eat healthy for 30 days

    If the holidays or extended family bonding sessions have left you bloated and in need to regain your energy levels and vitality, then join me and challenge yourself to cook and eat healthy for 30 days. ...

  • How To Cope with Loss and Grief

    About a year after her unexpected death I started writing about how we tried to overcome the loss and grief that we experienced after my mother's passing. Every time it became overwhelming to try and ...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – My journey into the light

    It has been more than ten years, but I still remember every single day leading up to my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis, and every day since. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which the body's ...

  • How to eat healthy and beat diabetes

    With advice and tips on how to eat healthy filling our social media feeds in a constant stream, it is easy to become despondent. Even more so for those struggling with weight issues and low self-esteem ...

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