Ashkhain SkipwithThe late Ashkhain Skipwith was a member of a close-knit Armenian family, she was born in and brought up in Gaza; later she lived UK, Saudi Arabia and Canada. For many years she was an oncology nurse but found time to write three cookery books comprising Armenian, Middle Eastern and Saudi recipes, as well as co-authoring three collections of Arabic proverbs. She died of cancer in 2006.