Thursday, September 25, 2014

Back from vacation, lessons learnt and future plans

Greetings my dear readers. It’s been a while since I last posted here and I am glad I’m back.

The last time I posted was just before we left on a three week trip to Iran. A trip that’s probably the greatest disappointment in my life but one with great life-long lessons.

I’ll be honest; I tend to over plan things sometimes. I am a big dreamer and sometimes I plan for things that I have no control over.

I have left Kuwait with the great expectation that I’ll be back with all those stunning pictures of all the exotic places that I'll be visiting and  that I can show on the blog. Of all the  delicious and authentic food that I'll be enjoying which  I can  share pictures of later on my Instagram feed.

The reality was  we ate fast food more often than not. We stayed at the hotel most of the time because the kids just didn’t like going out that much, and it was probably too hot to go anywhere even if they agreed to do so. Having a 7 month old baby that needed to be changed and nursed all the time did not help either. 

I know this sound cliche but sadly as it may sound, there were times when all my focus was on how the blog looked, how much traffic it is generating and how it compares with the other food blogs. Not any more. 

That trip was a big lesson for me to “ expect nothing and appreciate everything” and also a lesson to keep everything real, to reflect reality into my virtual space and not to project  what is “cool to share” into my life and my poor family.

Don’t get me wrong. I still  enjoy blogging. I enjoy the creative process of having an idea, developing a recipe, taking pictures and then putting everything together. I think this is what I am most good at. But I have to admit. It has taken a second place in my heart. Family is always first. 

I also want you ( the readers) to have more say in what gets published here .I have some great ideas for future posts that I am really excited about. But I do want to know your opinion and ideas. What gravitate you towards my blog? What’s your favorite post that you would like to see more like? Anything else that you would like me to post on the blog. Let me hear your thoughts.

 And stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll teach you how to properly prepare, use and store saffron for cooking, plus a giveaway that is opened world wide to Iran’s exquisite spice, can you guess what is it ? wink , wink :) 

And yes, the pictures I am sharing today are  from the few times that we got to go to interesting places and I got to take pictures. 

Hope that wasn't a long post for you to read. See you all on my next post coming in a week or so.


  1. I truly enjoyed these beautiful photographs. I most appreciate that the photos aren't of the expected vistas. You have a wonderful eye for the everyday, and that's what captures my imagination most here. I look forward to reading more, and I can't wait to try some of your recipes. I edit the books of an Iranian author who currently lives in the United States, and her books of Iran are full of the most beautiful description of Iranian food. It's a treat to find these recipes on your blog.

    1. Thank you very much for your sweet words. I hope you come back for more.

  2. Salam Fatemah! Beautiful photos. You have wonderful eyes for creative photos, mashaAllah. I can imagine how hard it may be to travel with a 7 month old. I have similar experience.

    As for the blog, you are right. Family can never come second, it's always the first priority no matter what. As I mentioned before, I love your writing style, how you tell a story with the recipes you share. Along with that, I adore your photographs. Take care. Hugs.

    1. Thank you Lail. I am so appreciative of all the wonderful supportive friends I met through blogging like you! You are my inspiration to continue this journey. I love your blog too but I've been very busy with the little one lately that I am not finding time to visit and read blogs. I should get back to that very soon. xoxo