You are what you Eid: Ramadan for vegans

Muslims are coming to the end of a month of fasting, which in Britain often means evening meals featuring heaps of meat. But there is a plant-based option The final days of Islams month of fasting are with us. And as Ramadan draws to a close, so does Veganadan, in which a growing number of Muslims adopt a plant-based diet for four weeks. I am keen to eat less meat in Ramadan, but it can be a challenge when you are invited to iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their day-long fast, and there is only meat on the table. After 18 hours without food (an extra 40 minutes if you are in Scotland), hosts like to lay on …

My wife has lost interest in sex after a hysterectomy

She rejects any show of intimacy on my part, and I feel as if my sexual desire for her is perverted Im 62, and my wife is 54. We have been married for nearly two years. Six months after we were married, she had a major prolapse of her bladder. At that point, her desire for sex greatly diminished. This went on for almost a year. Six months ago, she had a hysterectomy. Now she has no desire for sex at all, nor does she have any desire for intimacy. We even sleep in separate beds. I still very much want sex. I have really tried to be understanding, but it hurts and is very disappointing. I am afraid it …

The high life: a light-filled top-floor apartment in Porto

Homewares designer Christian Haas has set his imagination free on the top floor of his Porto townhouse Christian Haas lives in a tall, thin 19th-century townhouse on a side street in Porto, where each floor has a different mood and function. His home is on the top two floors, above a ground-floor restaurant and his work studio on the first floor. Here, there are computers, tables are spread with drawings and shelves lined with miniature models of his furniture designs. They include a bench made in tiny slivers of balsa wood and neat, origami-like chairs fashioned from paper. Even at an early stage, this is a useful way to immediately see whether a shape works, he explains. Upstairs, there are …

Hats off to Fez: go back in time in this atmospheric city

Dont fight it getting lost is one of the best things to do in Moroccos most beguiling and ancient medina It happens on the third day, after our bookbinding class, having spent the morning deep in concentration learning how to Coptic-stitch and emboss our own leather journal. Within minutes of leaving the attic studio, deep in the heart of Fezs sprawling medina, we become hopelessly and unavoidably lost. Was it the alleyway to the left of the stall piled high with spices and fresh figs? Or the other one that opens into a market square with stacks of dried fruit and couscous, cages of live chickens, rugs and candy-coloured lanterns, pottery and beaten copper plates? My teenage daughter strides ahead, …