Maryam Hassan is a 32 year old Photographer, Montessori Teacher, Wearer of Yellow from London who transplanted herself to Chicago in 2015. She likes punk music, hash browns, animal facts and mangoes.
My hair used to be the bane of my existence, and yes I know how self-absorbed that sounds. I had super shiny, 0 frizz, straight as anything hair for a long time. It was always in a bob with a little fringe and I looked super cute. Then the puberty monster came and my hair changed into a curly, frizzy mess. There was a lot of denial about it at
I’ve been watching anime since I was 15 years old. My gateway to this wonderful world of animation was Pokemon. I was obsessed with Pokemon, and honestly I still am. I would record the anime, which was on at like 6am at the weekends on ITV and watch it religiously. For the record, my fav Pokemon is Bulbasaur. In the late 90’s/early 00’s we didn’t have a lot of ways
My idea from marzipan in cookies came from Nigel Slater. I love him, he is my favourite TV cook, and one day I was scrolling through Instagram and he had made some chocolate chip and marzipan cookies. I have no idea what the recipe was, I just couldn’t stop looking at the photo and thinking about how much my cousin Sarah would love them. So in January we went to
For as long as I can remember my mother and I have shared one great tradition, even when we didn’t get along very well this one thing kept us together and it was cooking shows on the BBC and Channel 4. Deliah Smith, Rick Stein, Gary Rhodes, Masterchef, Jamie Oliver, Two Fat Ladies, Ainsley Harriot, Food and Drink.. I can go on and on listing shows. But we would always
We are almost a week into Ramadan and I feel pretty good about things. I’ve not had an iftar alone since it started and this week I don’t think there’s a day I’m free so we have another week full of food and socializing and hugs. I think about home a lot during Ramadan and specifically my sisters in law, my nieces and nephews and my baby cousins. I called
Every year I’ve been in a Children’s House classroom I’ve taught my kids about Ramadan. I’ve had at least one kid from a Muslim family in the class each year, but I think even if we didn’t I would explain to my kids what it’s about. We do so many other celebrations in class from Chanukah to Chinese New Year, so I don’t see why talking about Ramadan can’t be
When I was little I would do half fasts. I would wake up for sahur with my dad and my two older brothers and my mum would make us all fried eggs and paratha. I would also get a cup of super milky tea. It was this exciting thing to eat when it was still super dark outside like we were breaking the rules a little having our breakfast so
There’s nothing quite like moving to a whole new country. It’s definitely a privilege to be able to do so, and one I don’t take lightly in this day and age. Immigration is so demonised and for some places, especially America, a move like that requires money, connections and a lot of paperwork. I’m lucky, everyone I know who has had this opportunity to move to a new country is
GO LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC OKAY? No Men Rad Payoff Evening Standards … and also Let’s Pretend Records is all very good. Show Two yesterday was also very good. All the bands were very good. Evening Standards kept making me think of the UK newspaper the Evening Standard, I kept hearing someone with a very East London accept shouting “EVENIN’ STANDARD SIR?” in my head for some reason. Moving away
LET’S GET DOWN THE REAL PUNK CHUNK BUSINESS TO START WITH. Listen to some music The Murderburgers Get MarriedRational Anthem First of the two shows I went to yesterday because shows are fun and music is good and friends are rad. I like afternoon shows. If there hadn’t been two shows I would have watched very good bands, had some dinner and been home by 8pm. What a wonderful world!