A Letter to a Younger Me – Featured in The Woman

I always thought that if I had the chance to go back into time and advise myself what would I advice would I give to myself.

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Ms Rekha Editor of The Woman magazine got in touch with me to do just that, but since we can’t really go back into the past,  she has asked me and other women to write a letter to  our “younger” self.

Four women opened up and shared letters to themselves. Among them is Ms Karima Farid (the one below me), Ms Emily Shotter and Ms Shyline D’Mello.

The Woman Feature

 The letter is meant to be to a one year younger me – I took a stroll down memory lane and went back to the beginning of 2014, tried to remember my feelings during that time and the advise I would give myself to prepare for whats to come.

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Click here to read the full feature online.

I love the fact that I got to reflect on my life to see that we are indeed stronger that what we think of ourselves and I choose to believe that everything we go through in life is to make us better. It is a learning process there are ups and there are downs but there is a lesson to be learned from every experience.

I would love to hear from you, if you could write a letter to your younger self what would advice would you give?

by mayya

Recipe: The Perfect Drink For Winter

Growing up I was so stubborn especially when it came to try new foods. I always declined tasting anything new, simply because I could just tell by the “look” of the dish or whatever I was being offered was not something I would like!

Glad I grew out of it because if I was still the same I would have missed the opportunity to try this delicious drink!

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I first tasted this drink at a friend’s gathering a couple of weeks back and I loved it. It is usually served in small cups (istikana) but after finishing it I exchanged it to a proper mug and poured myself a full cup!

There are many ways to make this drink but I like the version where they use custard. The drink is sweet, tastes of custard and the seeds are soft yet crunchy and are pretty much tasteless, a bit like chia seeds.

At that time I didn’t know what it was called, it is normally referred to as haba hamra drink which translates to drink with red seeds. I came to find out that it is actually called Sumna “سمنة” and it is widely used in GCC especially in the UAE.

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So the main ingredient of the drink are the red seeds which are called garden cress seeds which is a member of the mustard family, cress has a peppery and pungent taste.

The have the following methods to any name few:
· Garden cress is an important source of iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamins C, E and A. Because of its high iron and protein content, it is often given post-partum to lactating mothers .
· The seed contains arachidic and linoleic fatty acids.
· The seeds are high in calories and protein, whereas the leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and folate
· Garden cress seeds are good expectorant and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough, asthma and headache.

*Seek medical guidance before starting  incorporating this into your diet, especially if for pregnant women.

Anyway I was offered this drink again last week and it reminded me how much I love it and knew that I had to learn how to make it. So with the help of some friends and good old google I managed to find the recipe and make it.

Many of you asked for the recipe after seeing the picture of the drink on my instagram so here it is :)

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2 tbs garden cress seeds (leave to soak for 30 to 60 mins)

1/2 liter of milk

1-2 tbs sugar

2 tbs custard powder


Vanilla (optional)

Rose water (optional)

– After soaking the seeds, remove the excess water (dont worry if they seem to have developed a gel like consistency) its normal.

– In a saucepan, on low fire add the milk, custard powder, sugar, saffron and stir gently.

– Once its starts getting a little thick add the seeds and stir and add the optional ingredients (rose water, vanilla)

– Serve warm

Now curl up outside and enjoy is the perfect weather…

Let me know what you think about it after you try it ;)

by mayya

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