About Abby & Abby’s Hearth

Hello there! So many of you who landed here from my travel and food blogs, know that I’m a Christian foodie and travel blogger and that I love spending time at home. Who doesn’t? (Okay, okay, I know quite a few people who don’t. To each his own.)

My friends and I are on a journey to discover how to thrive at home – you know we’re already working from home – but there’s so much more.

Stuff like how not to get your chili plants covered with aphids, how to soften your hair without chemicals, and more importantly how to spend more time in the Word.

Our learning process will always continue because you know, if you stop learning, you stop growing! With so many people to support, including you, we’re glad to go on this voyage of perfect our hearths and homes.

A Few Facts About Abby

  • My other favorite foods are chocolate and marzipan (yes, I know these aren’t real foods), paneer (Indian cottage cheese), foie de morue (soft cod liver sold in tins in France), malawach (the flaky flatbread from Israel), mathiya (delicious Gujarati papad made from Math beans for Diwali in India), green mutton chops (only mom’s version will do), and a lot more.
  • I’m an East Indian from Mumbai, India. You’ll find all our different dishes on my other site Abby’s Plate.
  • I’m Christian, and Jesus is first in my life.
  • My favorite pastors. There are so many of them.
  • I have a Master’s in ICT Management but got tired of corporate life, and switched to working as a virtual assistant; and blogging on the side.
  • I love to crochet. It helps me to de-stress. And although I hardly find the time to do it nowadays; it’s one of my go-to relaxants, other than cooking and wine.
  • I’m a mosquito magnet. I’ve tried most tricks in the book to get rid of them.
  • I’m waiting for the day when I can afford to live on a farm in the middle of nowhere, with just the mountains and streams to keep me company. And maybe a few sheep and olive, almond, orange, lemon, and apple trees, and tomatoes, pumpkins, and so many other things.
  • My favorite books and authors at the moment are Ann Voskamp, Max Lucado, Robert Hendersen, Brian Simmons, Lana Vawser, and John Eldredge. Just putting that out there in case anyone wants to gift me a book for Christmas. Wink wink!
  • I love listening to gospel and country music.
  • I’m left-handed. Go figure!

Who is Sarah?

Girl(Sarah) touching a rhino's horn in Kenya.
Sarah, African at heart

My amazing sister contributes to my blog when she finds something interesting that she just has to rave about (read ‘write pages about’).

Sarah has worked in travel for 15 years and specializes in Africa and other niche destinations.

Sarah with a rhino in Nairobi.
Sarah with rhino Baracka in Nairobi

She caters to clients looking to travel to niche destinations across the globe, whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, rafting on the Zambezi River, viewing seals and penguins in Antarctica or Safaris to see the big five in Kenya and South Africa…

Lioness drinking water from a stream
Lioness drinking water

She loves music, wine, food, and travel. Have you tried her recipe for the East Indian chicken tope? Or seen her posts about spotting tigers in Pench and Ranthambore? 

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Treepies in a dhok tree in Ranthambore National Park in India.
Treepie in a dhok tree

Her love for nature and wildlife makes her work even more enjoyable and satisfying. Armed with her Canon, she likes to take photographs and write stories that inspire you to pack your bags and run off to a faraway destination.

Sarah’s got some amazing posts! Click here to read about feeding crocodiles in Bamburi, Kenya or being proposed to by a store owner in Jerusalem, Israel.

But that’s not all Sarah does. Sometimes she says she gets mollycoddled by me and mom into cooking mom’s famous boiled egg chilly fry or writing about our traditional chicken tope recipe or writing about her semolina and orange cake.

But what Sarah actually loves to do on the food front is bake some yummy chocolate cakes or make marzipan easter eggs or almond eggs. She also makes duck moile curry with mum or helps mum make her sweet red wine mustard sauce. You could almost say she lives on the sweeter side of life!

Facts about Sarah

  • She’s a travel agent by day, and a blogger by night. Well, some nights. She just blogs once in a blue moon, which is why her blogs are precious. Wink, wink!
  • Sarah does lovely Sugarcraft work. She used to sell cakes some time ago.
  • She’s in love with Africa.
  • Sarah is afraid of birds fluttering overhead but loves taking pictures of them.
  • 99% of Sarah’s food and travel pics on this blog have been taken with the Canon EOS 1000D that she bought in 2011. Of course, now she’s upgrading to a better camera. But she’s still someone who needs to work her income. So she’s slowly using working up to the Canon EOS 850D (Rebel T8i).
  • Because of her smile, she was once offered a job as a toothpaste model but didn’t take it.
  • Her favorite color is blue. Isn’t everyone’s? 

 Who is The Soz?

Lady on a bike in an arid area.
The Soz, writer at Abby’s Hearth

The Soz also contributes to my blog.

South Africa born and British bred, The Soz often takes to the skies. However, the majority of the time these gravity-defying feats are for business and not pleasure. Well except for the time she went on the Hackett Nevis Swing. That was for pleasure, wasn’t it? Wink, wink!

Methinks he made that face for the Hackett Nevis Swing camera, didn't he? - TheWingedFork
Hubby was posing for the camera, wasn’t he?

Although she flies a lot for business, it does not stop her from flying once again to go where no Soz has gone before.

Overcliff-Undercliff-Track-at-Blue-Mountains.
Overcliff Undercliff Track in the blue mountains

Saying that… The Soz says that reading about her is not as interesting as reading about the places she’s been. So scroll on to her posts and let the adventures begin!

Emerald lakes in Tongariro.
Emerald lakes in Tongariro

Facts about The Soz

  • The Soz is a pilot. 
  • She recently learned how to skin a lamb. 
  • The Soz has beautiful blue eyes. 
  • She makes a mean mushroom in butter garlic sauce
  • The Soz is great with horses.

Who is Aaron?

My brother walking along a treelined path.
Aaron, our secret writer

Aaron has also decided to become a regular contributor to the blog.

Spain---Cuevas-del-Drach
More formations

This is what he has to say:

“Hey this is paps, this is my blog,
Here you’ll find stories from my travelling log;
I’ve been to places but not a lot,
These are stories of what I’ve seen and thought;
Small tales of places I’ve been to
So go on have a browse, have a read through.”

Just another good view from the Nahargarh Fort - TheWingedFork
Nahargarh fort has some really good views

We’ve been told that Aaron’s posts on Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, India and the Cuevas Del Drach in Mallorca, Spain have influenced quite a few of his friends to visit. 🙂

Apart from that, I’m more a follower of Christ,
and lover of God and man.
Souls must be saved,
the lost must be found,
it’s time to do stuff
like the heavenly hound.
Okay, you know I was referring to the ‘Hound of Heaven’ poem, but more about me coming later!

Facts about Aaron

  • He lives on a farm with sheep and orange trees.
  • He’s very good at math.
  • He’s a die-hard fan of Elvis Presley.
  • He’s got an amazing mop of hair and in another life, he was probably a model.
  • He makes perfectly round chapatis (Indian flatbreads)
  • He’s quite a funny guy.