Think Pink!

The colour pink has become a symbol for the fight against breastcancer, and awareness levels of the disease are now higher than ever before as a result! 

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Dubai, you can take advantage of a series of events and activities accross the city. From multi-national companies who hold annual breakfast meetings to raise awareness,  yoga on the beach, fundraising sporting events such as Ignite Pink is Punk Swim Run, awareness luncheons, Reiki therapy sessions, numerous possibilities to have health related check ups done; the list is endless.

While no food can be solely blamed for the cause of breast cancer, and no food can prevent it, a balanced diet and regular excercise can keep you in optimal health. Last week I tried a recipe with a twist: Hot Pink Hummus. 

Not knowing if the beets would be too overpowering, I added lemon, garlic and olive oil to temper the flavour. Here's the recipe for this smooth, tasty spread, which is perfect with pita bread and colourful veggies:

Ingredients: 

- 400 grams of roasted beets

- 1 can of chickpeas

- 1 large lemon (zest and juice)

- 3 garlic cloves

- 1/2 cup of tahini

- 1/4 cup of olive oil

- salt and pepper

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Method: 

1. Wrap beets in foil, drizzle olive oil over beets, close and wrap tightly.

2. Roast beets in the oven for 1 hour (180 degrees).

3. Cool, peel, and quarter beets.

4. Place all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth.

5. Taste, season with salt and pepper. To give it a bit of a kick I sprinkle "Fleur de Sel Espelette" from our last holiday on I'île de Ré. 

6. Drizzle olive oil and pomegranate seeds over hummus.

7. The spread will keep in the fridge for one week. 

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Bon appetit! 

Flower Path

The Flower Path, where signs indicate fascinating information about plants including medical use as well as mythological significance, is definitely something to try if you are in the Toggenburger region of Switzerland. 

The Chäserrugg, the highest of the seven Churfirsten, can be reached by a historic red funicular and then a cable car. 

Once at the summit, we were rewarded by spectacular views reaching six countries (Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Italy and France) and over five hundred mountain peaks on this clear day! The almost perpendicular drop of 1800 meters to the shores of the Walensee is breathtaking. 

The lush, green pastures filled with wildflowers, dramatic cliffs as well as the spectacular view kept us motivated on the trail. There was plenty of exciting climbing as well as building stone towers for the kids on the way! While we weren't as lucky this year, it is common to spot Alipne ibex escalating the rocky mountain! The highlight of the children (remember, they live in Dubai) was finding a patch of snow in the month of July and starting a snowball fight! 

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For those who appreciate architecture, the stunning restaurant at the summit, designed by Herzog & de Meuron is definitely not your typical mountain hut! 

The hike down needed a little endurance, but if you fancy something a little more thrilliing, watch the video below and see how Jeb Corliss gets down the mountain! 

A Dubai Cooking Class Experience for the Whole Family

Experience Gifts instead of Material Gifts

Are you looking for that certain special gift for your loved one's next birthday, anniversary, special occasion? Why not steer away from material gifts and opt for an experience instead? Whether it's an experience that the whole family can participate in or one that is designed just for the recipient to enjoy, an experiential gift will be a sure hit with lasting memories.

Keeping with my husband and my tradition of giving experiences instead of material gifts, this year for my birthday the men in my life selected a family adventure in cooking at Dubai's Top Chef. We have been to many cooking classes as a family over the years and they have all been a hit. Top Chef was no exception.

As always, the planning was all classified as "Top Secret." It is carefully thought out via a Whats App group consisting of Rob and the boys, titled "Mom's big 44 bday" (or whatever the occasion may be.) So as we got in the car to head out, the destination was still a mystery to me. The boys were super excited.   As we turned onto Jumeirah Rd, I saw the Top Chef sign and the pieces quickly came together.

Dubai cooking class experience at Top Chef

The Main Course

 Our Top Chef, Anthony, was waiting for us at the entrance and quickly led us to the kitchen so we could jump right in. After a quick wash of our hands, we were ready for the cooking to begin. Our first course was a barley risotto with seared salmon and parmesan foam.

The kids were totally keen to take charge of everything they were preparing. There was nothing off limits and they were instructed about food and health safety along the way. Chef Anthony was super patient with all of us and didn't dumb anything down to make it easier for the kids. We (me) had lots of questions for him about food sourcing in Dubai.  These included where to source the best ingredients in Dubai, his  favourite restaurants, and best chef schools. He also told us about famous chefs that come to Dubai to give courses, who has the most Michelin stars, how Michelin stars are awarded, and why French food tastes so good. As typical as in any kitchen, we did a lot of chatting while we cooked. It all added up to an engaging experience of tastes, smells, education, and conversation.

Dessert

Our dessert was a fabulous recipe -  chocolate tart with raspberry coulis . Yum! My l