Since I spend most of the year complaining about the intolerable heat here in the UAE,it would only be fair to share the precious few days of good weather that we’re having at the moment.
I am in love with anything and everything that is even remotely winter-ish :

Beautiful clouds that the sun enjoys setting on fire every morning!
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The cold morning breeze that finally justifies owning a jacket in the UAE!

Cloud formations that the kids and I spend the way to school weaving stories about, imaginary creatures, giant elephants(yes my son is still in love with elephants) and of course, dragons!
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Today’s quinoa salad is quick and easy. It is actually one of my go to lunches lately  topped with some grilled chicken or shrimp. The recipe is actually a copycat recipe for a salad we love at one of the local restaurants. The combination of colors, textures and flavors is so refreshing!

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Instead of ranting about the exams or the weather, I thought I would start today’s post with something inspirational. I think that we could all use a few tips when it comes to turning our days from “just OK” to amazing!

The rules of being amazing

Risk More Than is Required

Learn More Than is Normal

Be Strong

Show Courage

Breathe • Excel • Love • Lead

Speak Your Truth

Live Your Values

I have been trying to write this post for a week! I was determined to finish it tonight, yet I have been staring at my screen for a couple of hours trying to figure out how to put into words the feelings that have overwhelmed me ever since the 9th of Nov.

I usually pride myself in my ability to use the English language to express myself despite the fact that it is not my mother language but for the first time in my life, I find myself at a loss for words. Unable to translate my thoughts and emotions into meaningful sentences! Cecilia so eloquently expressed in her post” I am an immigrant” how anyone who has lived through the experience of being an immigrant or an expat can relate to the deep rooted feelings of fear that the results of the American elections have stirred.

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I know that the picture is super tempting and if you like spinach and quinoa as much as I do, you will LOVE this salad but before getting to the recipe,I have some exciting things to share with you.

I was one of 5 winners in the HIPA  food photography contest.This is actually the first time that I have ever won a contest and it means the world to me. To know that I am at a level in my food photography (which has been my hobby and passion in the past 6 years) were I can actually win an international contest is beyond amazing!!

I am really thrilled and grateful to each and every one of you, my wonderful readers, if it wasn’t for you, I would have never made it this far in my journey. Thank you is such an understatement but know that I deeply appreciate each and every comment, every email, every time that someone tells me their friend or someone they know told them about my blog, it really makes my day!

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The other exciting thing that I have been working on lately is videos! I have decided to work on a you tube channel and I would deeply appreciate it if you would subscribe, check out the videos and let me know what you think.

The first Monday of the month means  it is time for our secret recipe club reveal. I always look forward to sharing my recipe choice with the group. Keeping a secret for a month, sneaking around your assigned blog, looking for inspiration is fun but sharing your creation with the others and finding out what the person who was assigned to my blog made is the part I love the most.