About the Blog

In September 2008, my husband Kevin and I set off with a cat and a couple of boxes to Mumbai, India. My original blog, The Robertsons of Mumbai, was created to serve as an informative report to our families, and changed into a healthy living expat chronicle as we were transferred to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand a year and a half later. Six more years of raw food, stomach bugs and arachnids posed an ever-lingering threat, and plenty of Thai mispronunciations ensured that our journey was often-tragic but always-comical. In January 2016 we moved to Dubai, U.A.E., where we continue to reside. We hope you will benefit from these posts if you are a traveller, mother, household manager, health food fanatic, or lover of cultural adventures. Click on a category that interests you and settle in with a nice cup of vegan chai, lemongrass tea, or Arabic coffee!

Dec
29

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

For Fergus’ second birthday party, I decided to go with the theme of Eric Carle’s children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Fergus loves the book, and as an easily recognizable theme, I thought our guests would love it as well. It was nice to hear how the story and the humble caterpillar had touched the…

Dec
4

Maple-Spiced Candied Walnuts

Candied walnuts are simple to make, and can be prepared in large batches, with the finished products stored in jars on the counter for easy use on top of both cooked and raw cereals, in snack mixes, and on top of almost any dessert, both for flavor, texture and as an attractive garnish. Just try…

Oct
27

Zucchini Hummus Dip

Although raw hummus can certainly be made with soaked chickpeas (or even nuts), I personally find them a bit starchy and difficult to digest. This bean-free, nut-free veggie version is a light snack that can easily be packed in a lunch with some raw crackers or vegetable cruditĂ©s to-go. Ingredients: 1 large zucchini (courgette), roughly…

Oct
13

Keeping a Clean House With a Toddler

A question I am frequently asked is, “How do you have time to eat healthy, keep up the household, and take care of a little one without a maid?” I sometimes think that Westerners living an expat lifestyle overseas have forgotten that their counterparts in their home countries do manage to take care of children,…

Oct
2

Nutter Butter Date Snacks

Fruit and nuts are the perfect snack and deliver carbohydrates, protein and good fats to keep your little ones’ tummies (and your own!) full. These date snacks are both delicious and portable, so you can easily take them on the go to work or to school. Ingredients: Medjool dates Raw nut butter of choice (e.g.,…