salmon tacos with chipotle cream - coconut rice with spices and plantains

We’re approaching Lent and with it many families that  follow this religious tradition have to adapt their  daily eating lifestyles to a Meatless meals starting with Clean Monday or Ash Wednesday (depending on the Christian beliefs), continuing every Friday until Easter. Regardless if you are a religious person or not, the idea of cutting down your meat ingestion sounds like a good, healthy one; so I thought to share some non-meaty meals ideas to help you prepare ahead your  Cuaresma (Lent) menus, or just for when you are done with heavy meals and need something kinder to your belly.

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moroccan cookie corne de gazelle

writing recipe cornes de gazelle

cornes de gazelle before baking

Learning how to cook a foreign cuisine is always exciting. Learning how to cook that cuisine from a  local, is a unique lifetime experience. Imagine then, the pleasure and honor we had when we found out that our instructor has been making, mixing and shaping Moroccan pastries (by hand) for about thirty years. Malika is from a Berber village and  at Amal Association-Restaurant-Solidaire, where she works now,  she is sort of da female boss in the Moroccan kitchen (they also have a male chef with a formal training). For the past three or four Saturdays, she  has been teaching Amanda, Kate and myself the secrets of this refined  delicious edible art.

It ain’t easy.

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salad of vegetables and brown rice

Personal fitness trainer Ludy Pottier pose for Heidi Leon Monges

Salade de riz integral avec avocado et feta

Three hundred sixty-five days to do better, to become what you want, to  start over.

Here’s to bright beginnings!.To happiness, love and health. And what better way to achieve all that than by loving yourself everyday?.  Ludy prepared this wild rice and veggies salad for our post-workout personal training session. We devoured said salad. We even had seconds, with no remorse. Try to make this, either for obtaining that body goal you have set for yourself or just because, is plain delicious. - Heidi

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Back in July when I spent some days in Macau & Hong Kong, I made some time for coffee get together with Ludy from Gogirlzz . We had  met just before Regis and I moved from Macau, so we never had the opportunity to know each other at a deeper level.  After our coffee time that went terribly well, we agreed to spend more time together and work on something that we could share with you in this space.

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There was a lot of food and wine involved during those two long weeks where we unnoficially “opened” our pied-á-terre for friends and family. We ate unbelieveable amounts of grilled fish and seafood, which was freshly caught le jour/soir même. It is not by chance we choose Carro in South of France (Provence) as our french home. This tiny, cute village has nothing chic or overstated in its footprint, the only thing that makes it remarkable is its (also quite small) Marché de Poisson (fish market). Rumour has it, even famous three Michelin  star chefs such as Passedat come to this port from time to time to get his hands on some extraordinary oursins (sea urchins).

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Aromas 'n Sabores is a canvas where we portrait healthy meals with an international spin but using local produces and what we have in our fridge.We aim to inspire your everyday by sharing recipes, travels, discoveries, some plantlove & green beauty.