Beyond the food

Cape Malay Culture and Heritage

  • Cape Malay Eid

    I have been reminiscing about how we spent a typical Cape Malay Eid during my childhood when my parents were alive. Eid has not been the same since my parents passed, and we are slowly making new family ...

  • Cape Malay Recipes and Food Customs

    Traditional Cape Malay Recipes, food customs, traditions and etiquettes evolved from the intermingling and intermarriage of slaves and exiles from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa and the European colonists ...

  • 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 ...

  • Lifestyle

  • Cathartic Reflections on life, love and loss

    Reflections on life, love and loss are often inspired by significant events that rock the foundations of our world. Or by the memories of those whom we have loved and lost. In my case, July is my birthday ...

  • 8 Kickass tips for how to work from home and stay sane under lockdown

    This kick ass guide on how to work from home and stay sane will help you be productive whether you are self-isolating or working from home by choice. The guide came out of my own experience of being told ...

  • Destiny and Fate – Mediocre Life without Purpose or Legacy

    One of the basic beliefs of a Muslim is the belief in the Divine Decree (Predetermination / Destiny and Fate), whether good or bad. This entails the acceptance that nothing happens except by the will ...

  • Effortless Travel, Food Adventures and Cultural Exploration

    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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