Gourmet Inspiration

From matters of the heart to rosy alternatives, Saba Wahid shows the way
The year of the ‘leapling’
The year of the ‘leapling’
A rosy alternative
A rosy alternative
Wear red for your heart!
Wear red for your heart!
Saba Wahid
Saba Wahid

The year of the ‘leapling’
We’re already into the second month of 2012, and time just seems to speed by. Not fast enough for some though, if you are one of the special ‘Leaplings’ born on the 29th of February, then Happy Early Birthday! This is known as a Leap Year, which only comes around once every four years. If you were born in the Seventies or Eighties, you’d still be under 10 (Nineties babies would still be toddlers) according to the Gregorian calendar on which this is based. In order to make this day extra special for your 29th February friend or family member, why not make them an online scrap book of all the special happenings and events during each Leap Year since their birth. Scrapbooking has always been a hobby for people, but now that the electronic version is available, it has become more accessible and practical to get on board with this favourite pastime. It’s an interesting way to connect the dots from their past, as well as sharing a sentimental piece of history. Music is also nostalgic, and with the tools and technology available, why not integrate tunes relevant to that era? It’s a unique birthday, so it should be celebrated in a special way. This is something they will always remember, and can keep adding to, every four years, when this rare occasion rolls round.

A Rosy alternative
We all know how popular the red rose is this month, but did you know that every year more than 180 million roses are sold for Valentine’s Day in the US alone? More than US$120 million worth of roses for Valentine’s Day are exported from Central and South America where it is legal to grow using pesticides. Those pesticides and chemicals are regulated in the US and other parts of the world. However, they form a toxic part of the food chain when they are disposed in the soil and water. These toxic bouquets may eventually affect your loved ones during inhalation on Valentine’s Day. Do your bit and make a difference this year. Sticking to the DIY theme, why not craft a crepe paper rose this year? There are several online guides that can show you the step-bystep process. It’s different and will last a whole lot longer.

Matters of the heart
Staying ‘heart healthy’ is very important and this month we recognise National Wear Red Day, which shows support for the awareness of heart disease. You can do something basic and wear a red shirt or accessorise with a pretty red scarf. If you’re looking to stand out, and really create a buzz, why not make a red ribbon bracelet embellished with some old brooches or jewellery? You could also hand these out to your friends and have them communicate the importance of this cause too. Another way rock the red ribbon is by wearing a red hat or even a head band which you can accent with red feathers. Not only will you be doing something for a good cause, but you’ll be making your very own fashion statement too.

INFO: Saba wahid, a renowned food expert, is currently writing her first cookery book. www.sabawahid.com