COMFORT FOOD……maybe you have had a bad night , late night before, maybe you are going through an emotional crisis and the first thing you want ,when you get up is comfort and a nice cuddle from someone safe. Sometimes, all the time , that person is not there and we resort to comfort food. Before you reach for the black forest gateau and coffee, let me tell you that you can have that black forest gateau and coffee, just not now, just not yet, you can have it later, after you eat some fruit. Fruit first thing in the morning has so many health benefits to keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed; its boosts the immune system, its anti-aging, it gets rid of dark circles under your eyes, it opens the digestive passage way with the most easily digestible food and its full of sun fired goodness and energy….just do it, love yourself even if you think no-one else does , you will see its worth it in the long run…because I love you xxx

Fruit First

Fruit First

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FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London

FEED THE NEED….It creates good karma to feed the needy, it  is a noble deed to feed the needy, its an act of a human society to look after those who are destitute and any society or state than prohibits the feeding of the homeless contains the seeds of its own destruction, you have been warned.

Come rain or shine, fasting and jubilation we have gone out on the streets of Central London and feed the need people who are mostly not yet Muslim; they are mostly Polish, Russian , Romanian and a tiny percentage of North Africans.Regardless of race, creed , colour or gender we distribute ahome cooked healthy meal and drink to those in need.

Last night was different, we had half of sheep left over froma lamb we sacrificed for Eid, this is special meat we call Qurbani, we had the ribs and chops, so we jerked it, covered it in out home made from scratch all raw ingredients jerk seasoning, marianted then roasted it and they loved it, recipe maybe coming soon inshallah

one of our wonderful volunteers is doing a masters in literature and asked if she could make a film baout what we do, she is so engaging maashallah, sitting having peronal conversation with the homless people while they were eating asking them about how they came to be homesless, alhmdulilah praise God they trust us now, after 2 years of being consistant , they know we are cool maashallah.

this was dinner last night maashallah , as God would have it be , please excsue typos im shattered.Alahmdulilah praise God.



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So many minor ailment could be rememdy by the use of diet, oils  and herbs, breathing, stretching, etc and not wasting the sdoctors time to leave him deal with more serious illnesses.

No house should be without this essential oil, as it is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains.

I use tea tree oil regualry after I have a bath or shower or wash my hair, one drop on a cotton bud and wipe my ear out with it , the first time it tingles a bit but you get used to it.

The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Tea tree in Bloom

Tea tree in Bloom

Oil properties

It has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in color with a watery viscosity.

Origin of tea tree oil

It is a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers and grows to about 7 meters (20 feet) high and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations.

Even when this tree is cut down, it flourishes and is ready for cutting again in two years. The oil is only produced in Australia where the Aborigines used it for a long time for a variety of medicinal purposes.

In World War II, the producers and the cutters were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. Each soldier and sailor was issued with some as part of their kit, to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.

Tea tree oil is an ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners. 

Extraction tea tree oil

It is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of tea tree oil (also referred to as ti-tree oil) are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.

The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

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From Model to Madina by Karimah Bint Dawoud.

this is part of my biog in a matter of fact bullet points kind of way, where you will have to read betwen the lines until those lines get fleshed out.

Pre-Islamic Daze

Pre-Islamic Daze

• Was a fashion model in Zurich, Prêt a Porter, Paris, Mode Wochen, Munich, Igedo, Dusseldorf. London Fashion Week.
• Was a makeup artist for Gucci, Bride Magazine and Revlon.
• Spike Lee’s PA for do the Right Thing at Cannes film festival.
• Dated but not kissed,The Singer Formerly Known As Prince Played basket ball and went to see ” Terms Of Enderament “with him, dinner with him, Hollywood sign with him.
• Backing singer for Rory Bremner -19999999 nine teen! Top of the Pops and Wogan.

  • Toured Califronia with Aswad, reggae band at the height of their career.
    • Offered a record deal with Stock ,Aitkin and Waterman but turned it down.
    • Offered a music publishing deal by Wham’s manager Simon Napier Bell but turned it down.
    • The Sultan of Brunei said she is one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen.
    • Madame Ungaro of Bond Street said the same
    • Graduate of Central St Martins FINE ART DEGREE

karimah scatterbrook  june 14

• Converted to islam 11 years ago 2000 as she was looking for the Truth and interested in women rights

• Artist in residence Leighton House Museum for Festival of Muslim cultures, Sheikh Hamza Yusef asked to interview her mashallah for Saudi TV MBC.
• Now a Muslim chaplain and now offered scholarship to do Masters in Islamic Studies but turned it down to study Clinical Nutrition as fatness is a problem of the future. Does interfaith work relative to well being.
• A director of Karimah’s Cuisina faith based well being charity
• Author and photographer of “Heavenly Bites” cook book, “the best of Muslim home cooking”, out on Foyles, WH Smith and Amazon web sites.

• Part of Meanwhile Gardens committee, urban community garden with sky garden next to Trellick Tower, Ladbroke Grove, interested in British seasonal produce, working on next book, something more islamic :)

Saudi Muslimah in Madina Alhamdulilah

Saudi Muslimah in Madina Alhamdulilah

Favorite Quotes

“Food for one is enough for two” Islamic saying
” Heaven is at the feet of the mother” Islamic saying


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The fig is a delightful creation, a velvet sack full of juicy goodness that is readily available in our local Portobello Market, however as a family we yearn for the holidays when we can travel to warmer lands and the figs fall fresh off the trees.
Surat At-Tīn (The Fig) – سورة التي
Surat 95 verse 1
“ By the fig, and the olive, “ Pickthal translation
“I swear by the fig and the olive,” Shakir translation

There must be some great significance of these trees for Allah to swear by them.
In Islamic and Ayurvedic medicine the temperament of figs is hot and there are two opinion concerning its moisture.

The Fig

The Fig

The best figs according to Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah, in his book “Medicine of the Prophet” are the white figs, which cleanse the kidney and bladder of gravel and give protection from poisons.

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Seasonal Butternut Squash & Lemon Grass Soup

Seasonal Butternut Squash & Lemon Grass Soup recipe in my book,”Heavenly Bites, the Best of Muslim Home Cooking ” easy to cook step by step recipes.

The book  got great reviews from Emel magazine, Saudi Amraco magazine and winner of the Gormund Award in Paris for Best Arab Cook Book 2013, maashallah.

Sorry the cover has got meat on, I dont mean to offend any one, it was released over 3 years ago thing have moved on from then to more emphasis on a plant based diet witha little meat and fish

lemon grass squash soup

heavenly bites gourmand awardgourmand award

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First and foremost we must high light that animal milk is not suitable for all body temperament types. People are genuinely lactose intolerant, even of raw pure milk from cows that live a natural life.
When nutritionists advise some clients to avoid milk products, this advice doesn’t sit well with some people of faith, knowing that milk is mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures .Not only the in Abrahamic faiths but in the Hindu Vedas, milk is integral to the culture itself and the cow is seen as the holy mother feeding her offspring.
However its vital to remember that most of the Islamic scholars that have written about Islamic medicine , including nutrition, are not from this century , nor the last century.
They are revered scholars from the Golden Age of Islam, who lived in a time where organic framing was normal .
We imagine that the milk we drink comes from cows that live in a field and eat green grass every day…not true.
It is important to understand the distinct difference between natural raw milk, flowing from cows that eat green grass and are care for and loved and commercial milk that comes from cows that have zero natural grazing.

Cows are Sacred

Cows are Sacred

Although milk is mentioned in the Quran and other Sacred Scriptures, most of the milk we drink today is full of growth hormones ,anti-biotics and from unloved cows. It is not actually a great source of protein and spinach , gramme for gramme give you about the same amount of calcium. According to Patrick Holford, author of the Optimum Nutrition Bible, no matter how much diary you consume, if your blood is too acidic, which basically means not enough greens, then the calcium will not be absorbed. Seriously we would be better off getting our calcium from greens and having organic milk as a treat for rice pudding etc.

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Karimah’s Lifestyle Design
It’s just started to get a little chilly at the morning and people love porridge. The spices are optional but are healthly ,wise ,beneficial , mainly anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic. Fantastic food to eat after training, home made spicy porridge made with cashew milk. It’s packed with L-Arginine, which is a necessary amino-acid for converting protein. It’s also good for the heart, blood vessels and immune system. It is important to remember when we get our nutrients from whole foods as opposed to tablets and processed training formulas, that there are hundreds if not thousands of un-identified components in the wholefoods that enhance absorption and well being.

Perfect Porridge

Perfect Porridge

We like to pre-soak the oats as it makes for quicker cooking time and optimum nutrition and digestion.
Here’s an extract from Nourishing Traditions which explains the reason why oats need to be soaked better than I could -
All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.

INGREDIENTS for single portion
• 50- 100g porridge oats (pre-soaked) depends on your size and if you are training.
• ½ -1 tsp cinnamon powder
• ½- 1 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
• ½- 1 tsp ginger powder
• 1 banana
• 234ml milk nut milk like almond or cashew for cooking
• 125 milk for serving
• Fresh or cooked fruit and/or clear honey, to serve


1. Soak the oats in water for at least 8 hours , allowing them to ferment
2. Then drain liquid off through colander and place in a small saucepan,
3. pour in the milk
4. Add spices and stir
5. Add banana

6. .Bring to the boil while stirring then turn down very low with lid on for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
7. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
8. It will be really hot , so add more cold milk and add fruit and./or honey and stir in
9. Enjoy
Karimah’s Lifestyle Design, here to empower you

Further reading

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MILK…The Facts

MILK…Although milk is mentioned in the Quran and other Sacred Scriptures, most of the milk we drink today is full of growth hormones ,anti-biotics and from unloved cows.. It is not actually a great source of protein and spinach , gramme for gramme give you about the same amount of calcium. According to Patrick Holford, author of the Optimum Nutrition Bible, no matter how much diary you consume, if your blood is too acidic, which basically means not enough greens, then the calcium will not be absorbed. Seriously we would be better off getting our calcium from greens and having organic milk as a treat for rice pudding etc.

Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood

Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood

Protein: milk is not the best source of protein. There are 3.4g of protein in 100 grammes of milk, there are 32.97g of protein in 100 grammes of pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin A:.Milk has 47 IU in 100 grammes, carrots have17033 IU that’s over 300% the DV daily value

Vitamin B12: Shellfish, beef liver,fish(mackerel),crab, tofu, fortified bran cereals and beef all have more vitamin B12 than milk.Per 100 grammes whole milk has 18% DV of vitamin B12 whereas 100 grammes of mackerel has 317%DV
Vitamin B6: Per 100grammes of milk there is 0.04mg of vitamin B6 , 100 grammes of sunflower seeds have 1.35mg of vitamin B6,which is 67% DV(daily value),
Vitmain B2 Riboflavin: spinach, beet greens, asparagus,mushrooms and eggs all ahev more riboflavin that milk, however milk is still a pretty good source of riboglavine,. 1 cup of spinahcx contains 0.42 millogrammes of the vitmaomnad 1 cup of whole milk contains 0.22 mg.
Vitamin B3 Niacin: almonds have 1.10mg (60% DV) in 100 grammes, organic milk has 0.1 grammes in 100 grammes of whole milk.
Vitain b1 Thiamine:100 grammes of trout has 0.43 grammes (28% DV) and 100 grammes of milk has 0.107 mg of thiamine

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The Good Heart Doctor


“Modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States”, Dr. Dean , author,Death by Modern Medicine, 2003.
The Drug Cycle

The Drug Cycle

Please have good think and pray salat ul istikhara(guidance prayer) before embarking on a career in medicine, if you are doing it just for the money and prestige then an attitude like that is dangerous when people’s lives are concerned, you would be better off in law or banking.There is an etiquette in Islam pertaining to medical ethics,firstly in the application of medicine, the patient should make duaa/pray for shifr and ease, secondly simple medicine like councelling,herbs, nutrition, aromatherapy should be used, if that fails to remedy the situation then compound medicine like pharmaceuticals should be used , then finally surgery.Modern Medicien that is practiced by Muslims as well as the wider community, often neglects to go through the first two stages and jumps to tablets, vacinations and surgery to the benefit of the bank balances of doctors,pharmacists, surgeons and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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