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Flavours of Lent

It is the Lenten season and Holy Week is fast approaching.

I remember I used to hate lent as a child because it meant that I could not eat my favourite meat dishes! When I was about 14 or 15 years old, I used to have a neighbour that sold pork barbecues outside his house. I used to buy one every time I came home from school (back then it cost about 50 centavos… How cheap!). But my barbecue craze would stop when lent began. My nanay (mother), a devout Catholic, told us that we were of the right age to abstain from meat during lent already. She said it was a sacrifice we had to endure. All I knew was that I wanted lent to end so I could eat my barbecue already. I am sure many of you can relate to this.

Over the years however, I found several ways to control my meat cravings. I still missed my favourite barbecue, but it was not as if I was never going to eat it, it just had to wait after Holy Week! My lola (grandmother) began to teach me vegetarian recipes that surprisingly tasted just as good as meat dishes.

So, for many of you who want to go through lent without breaking your promise not to eat meat, here are some vegetable alternatives for you.

PS Check out my other earlier post about vegetarian dishes! (link to vegetarian recipes)

Until next time,

Tita Kathy






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