Chef Stories: Fatima Ali

To read more articles like this, download Halal Gems Magazine here. Fuelled by an intrinsic passion for food and cooking, Fatima Ali left her home town in Pakistan to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts from...

Dates: The Forgotten Superfood

To read more articles like this, download Halal Gems Magazine here. Zéna Butt Several years ago, if I had written down ‘chia seeds’, ‘goji berries’, ‘agave syrup’, ‘acai berries’ etc.,...

A Date to Remember

To read more articles like this, download Halal Gems Magazine here. Aliya Zaidi Ramadhan is the season of dates. Even if you don’t eat dates at any other time of the year, it’s pretty likely you’ll...

Ramadhan Routine: Aamer Anwar

To read more articles like this, download Halal Gems Magazine here. Aamer Anwar & Sharmeen Ziauddin Iftar: What I like eating at Iftari is absolutely everything that I can. It starts of with a spicy...

Ramadhan Routine: Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood & Sharmeen Ziauddin Iftar: I try and avoid fried foods generally, especially whilst I’m training. For Iftar I always open my fast with dates and water, along with some channa chaat...

Ramdhan Routine: Norman Musa

Norman Musa & Sharmeen Ziauddin Iftar: Like many Muslims I normally start with dates as they have high levels of natural sugar and are full of vitamins. I tend to follow up with rice which is a staple...

Ramadhan Routine: Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Myriam Francois-Cerrah & Sharmeen Ziauddin Iftar: I’ve spent a lot of time in the Arab world, my husband is Turkish so we eat a mixture of food. I always open my fast with a date - Palestinian sourced...

My Foodie Life: Anj Baig

Aliya Zaidi Fitness fanatic, Anj Baig is an award-winning personal trainer and owner of Pure Muscles Gym. Earlier this year, Anj, along with his younger brother, Moses, starred in Gurinder Chadha’s Desi...

It’s a date

Komal Lalwani With thousands of different varieties of dates available, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start! Here’s a little crash course on everything you need to know about...