WE ARE MOVING. Back to Canada. In a little over a week. Our international life is now over and we are glad to be settling down in a place to call our home for the long-run. It’s bitter sweet! Hayat spent most of her life here in Qatar, so we’ll always have a soft spot for the country that saw Hayat roll for the first time, take her first steps and celebrate her first birthday. Getting slightly sentimental over here!
We’re not used to that level of fancy. Dim lighting, velvet chairs and lots of non-brown people. Don’t get us wrong, it was fun and we loved it. But we, meaning me (Ali), were clearly not ready for it. This was a high end Sushi restaurant in Toronto’s financial district. And we were served peas for appetizers. Spicy peas literally still in the pod. I wasn’t paying attention when they were served and the set up – the crux and the start of my downfall.
This world is full of disappointment, misery, trial and sometimes downright horror. You only need to pick up a newspaper or watch the evening news. But amidst such tragic happenings, humanity has found ways to overcome, unify and spread hope. This cake, I submit to you, is one such humble effort to make this world a better place.