What my clients say- Testimonials

Frances July 2016 (Abu Dhabi)

How do we even begin to describe the 24 July 2016 and how you were there for us every step of the way. We had called you at 5am and within an hour you were at our house. You were there to witness the most life changing experience of our lives, you witnessed Ethan join the world and take his first breath, you were there to see us over flowing with emotion and the transition of us becoming parents.

(Thanks for capturing the cord cutting and some other gorgeous photos for us!!!)

Holding the bucket for me from the backseat of the car while I was being ill on the way to the hospital, to fetching and bringing things from the car so Martin could stay with me, to rubbing my back and holding my hands. I really believe that people project emotions onto others and on that day, your calmness and inner strength by just being in the room, I think contributed to me having the wonderful birth I had. Living an expat life without friends and family nearby can be quite isolating and lonely. Having you there with me was like having a lifelong friend or a sister by my side.

I don’t think I every told you why we wanted you as our Doula. I had already made my decision that day Martin and I met you at Reem island La Brioche briefly for a chat. It was because I appreciated the way you protected me from your story, only hinting to the fact that you had a difficult experience, but managed to get through it unmedicated. I felt that if I had you by my side, having gone through whatever your hard experience was, that you’d be able to support me though my experience. I felt like you were an inspiration, in the sense that if you could, then so could I. It was one of the first moments I felt that my wish of having an unmedicated birth could be a reality, having met someone who did it. We did have another choice of a doula who we met with; she was friendly and warm but didn’t leave me feeling the same as you did. It confirmed that I didn’t want anyone else except for you. I can’t pin point the other reason or really explain it in words, it was more than just the tone of your voice or things like that, and it was a gut feeling.

You were there for me on the most difficult day of my pregnancy, a week before he was born when we saw 2 Doctors who wanted to induce right away. You came to my house, we shared a cup of tea and you gave me the most wonderful and relaxing lavender massage to release all my frustration and tension for the day. Martin had to be at work, having you there with me and the chat we had that afternoon made me feel like I wasn’t alone. You listened to my thoughts and what had happened that day. Martin was so happy you came; he didn’t want me to be alone. Your support gave me strength and I will never forget sitting on the exercise ball smelling the lavender while relaxing. You seemed to know just what I needed.

That morning for me is blur. I laugh now at the suitcase filled with the TRX, candles, massage oil, birthing ball, 30+ hypnobirthing affirmation pictures, dates, nuts, crackers, lollipops, headphones and laptop with music and video visualisations. All I needed there was you and Martin (and my coconut water).

A day after the birth, your familiar face in a sea of strange faces in the hospital was most welcome, and the smoothie you brought me, was such a lovely and thoughtful gift filled with good nutrients my body needed.

I don’t feel our relationship will ever come to an “end”, the part you played in the birth of our son will always stay with us. You are part his journey and life story. A thousand thank you’s would never be enough for us to express how grateful we are to you.


Cynthia, Adraino, and baby Zoe Silva (Abu Dhabi)

We absolutely loved our doula, and hopefully can answer all the questions here. We looked for a doula, as we wanted a more natural birth and were far away from family and loved ones. The idea of a nurturing, educated third party to help us navigate the immensity of this new situation was very appealing. We interviewed a few candidates and chose Marliyne because of her fantastic positive spirit, organization, knowledge, confidence, and forthrightness. During my pregnancy she checked in on me frequently either personally or via phone and was always available if I needed any question answered.

Unfortunately due to unexpected circumstances I had to have an emergency c-section due to a severe bacterial infection, and even though Marilyne did not participate in the birth in the way she and we thought originally, she was an integral part in my recovery and offered us guidance and support to breastfeed and in many other ways during the most terrifying experience of our lives. She came daily to check on us and brought us smoothies and mostly her calm, and kind prescense which is all we really needed at that time. She will always be part of our story and we are so grateful to her. 

We thought it was a good idea to have someone with us before, during and after the birth who had some experience.


Sandra September 2016 (Abu Dhabi)

When Marilyne came and we met with her we thougth she would be the right person to do this with us. We felt comfortable around her. She helped us with a birth plan and we discussed with her what we would like and would not like about giving birth in a hospital here in the UAE. It also helped that she knew our doctor and had a couple of good experiences with her. She was very warm and reassuring to us first time parents. We felt being in safe and expert hands. She helped us decide when was the right time to go to the hospital, she stayed with us and was calm and it was great for me to be able to talk to her. She created a comfortable atmosphere in the hospital room and it felt comforting to have her around.

 Marilyne came and we talked at length about the birth exprerience which was great for me. I needed to go through it again. She would also give very helpful insights and ideas into how to deal with our newborn.

The listening and being understood part was very helpful and great for me. I felt Marilyne was capable of a lot of empathy.She has been a good motivator during labor. She helped with the breathing and in dealing with the contraction pain. She was a great emotional support. 

Kelly October 2016 (Abu Dhabi)

Living in a foreign country with no family around is hard and it doesn’t help when they cannot be here for the birth of your child. We hired a doula primarily for support and to avoid a C section and Epidural.

Marilyne was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad we went with her, she was such a fantastic birth coach and partner.

Marilyne provided outstanding support to both myself and my husband, was on hand when we needed her.  She really helped me relax and alleviated my worries about giving birth I was more anxious about this birth than I was with my first.  Marilyne also provided some amazing and healthy snacks before and after the birth. During labour Marilyne was an absolute star! She had a calming influence, helped me with breathing, gave me a fantastic massage and really held it together for me, especially at transition stage, encouraging me to get up and move to help things progress.

After birth, Marilyne has been, and still is an amazing support to me after the birth. She visited the hospital to check in on us , bringing with her a fantastic lactation smoothie to help with my milk supply.

Marilyne really listened to what we wanted to get out of the birth and was completely non-judgmental when I had pethidine on my birth plan

I thought Marilyne was an amazing Doula.  She is very calm, collected and an attentive listener.  I don’t thing there is anything ti improve at all.

if we have another she will be the first person after my husband I will tell and would most definitely look for her support again.  We keep in touch now and she is such a lovely person.


Ingrid December 2016

As living abroad with no immediate family around and no nanny for my 3 yo son on autism spectrum I wanted to make sure that I’ll be able to give birth in supportive and calm spirit along with my husband who was very anxious about being present only by himself for delivery. I wanted to have a person present for my delivery who will stand for my rights and my preferences how to bring my baby to this world, also knowing the situation in this country (preferred medical delivery, C-sections, epidural etc.) I wanted to make sure that my wish to deliver my son in most natural way will be followed through.
Marilyne was available and she responded immediately and she appeared very supportive about my husband special approach (my husband is HFA difficulties with empathy or emotional support)
Marilyne really worked well for my husband, she was patient and encouraging for my husband to gain confidence about the birth and his presence there.
I found Marilyne very supportive and engaged during our pre-birth sessions. She was genuinely positive and excited about natural birth and very supportive on alternative methods of pain release and relaxation techniques.
Marilyne met us for very supportive chat just the late afternoon before I went into labor and it really helped me and my husband to feel relaxed and confident about her support and help.
The first phase of labor I spent at home with my mum, my son and my husband, very calm and ready for birth as the meeting with Marilyne really put me in relaxed mode.
Marilyne came to hospital very quickly and she made sure that she voiced all my requests and preferences to medical team. She supported and encouraged my husband who bravely despite his anxiety and emotional meltdown went through the whole labor, supporting me and be there for us.
She was very kind, encouraging but also firm with medical team as my doctor wasn’t really share a lot of information with us.
Marilyne stayed in hospital longer as I was having uterus bleeding, making sure that all the time there is either herself or my husband with me. She expressed a lots of praise to me which mentally really helped me, especially during the heavy bleeding and uterus massage and stitching the perineal tears.
Marilyne was exactly following my birth plan and tried her best to accommodate all my preferences with medical team. She understood my approach and supported me during painful stages without any medications or epidural when I was loosing motivation and strength.


Fatima February 2017

I needed the support of someone other than my mother, specifically someone without a prior emotional attachment so that she can help me without being affected by my pain. My previous birth didn’t go as planned, my mother gave her approval to the midwife on things I was against. My mother was in pain seeing me like that; and being that it was my first birth, I feared everything and listened to her. I also wanted to labor freely without being shy of the person with me.

Marilyne helped me  in many ways:

I was confident in the choices I made in the birth plan, we found great positions for when labouring would startI was comfortable to know that she’s a phone call away when I needed her.I also enjoyed a nice back massage!She looked up things I was reading about and asked whoever she knew (even though we didn’t do it during labour “heat compress”)

During labour she rushed straight from the gym once I called her. She forgot her self and was selfless. I told her to meet at the hospital but she insisted on coming straight to my home. I felt another person will put themselves first, go home and change, and then come. I really had to put this as #1

Marilyne gave  the birth plan to the nurses once we arrived, they came and quieted all the machine noises and in that instance I felt completely calm we were talking and chatting during the start of labor, timing the contraction, suggesting the positions that we agreed onI also liked the soft rubbing on my back. She brought me back to reality and talked to me when I was pushing the baby out, since I was just repeatedly reciting Quran without focusing. She knew I was panicking that moment. In our previous meetings we discussed this moment more than once and that I needed her to shout at me if I lost it. Marilyne also helped me focus on her only and breathing togethers, she remembered all my wished when the father came, since I wanted to be covered. The moment she saw him she turned to check on my state and cover me up.

After birth, Marilyne checked up after a couple of weeks and gave me feedback on all my concerns. I was really happy to talk about how the birth went and the strong moments that we were both proud of. We were a great team together. She completely understood my needs since we kind of shared the same ideas of our birth wishes.

Marilyne was a great strength during the labor, calm and not stressing me at all. That was really an important point to me. She kept pushing me with her words of encouragement. The only missing loop that I was not happy with was the language barrier. I felt she was lost with what they were saying. I sensed her worry for me and if they were doing something against our agreed birth plan. But she tried her best by asking the midwife every now and then.

It was the best birth experience I could ever ask for. Thanks to Marilyne I had a positive birth. I hope she’s still here when I have my third baby!





Beetroot & red cabbage smoothie

I will be sipping on this beautiful & colorful smoothie all morning 😍

I have a 500ml or 1 liter smoothie everyday, sometimes twice per day, i use a big glass jar and pour it into a glass when needed.take your time, enjoy your food and try to masticate and chew while having your smoothie or cold press juices, . I would recommend at least 30 minutes to drink a smoothie.

Here is a simple smoothie recipe, i have added a banana but if you are doing Jean’s NAAD 6 weeks challenge, remove the banana and add more veggies.

if you need more inpsiration on daily smoothies, vegan & raw food recipes, check out my Instagram and FB group

 Instagram : _healthy_kitchen_   https://www.instagram.com/_healthy_kitchen_/

 Face book group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/422457211286599/



Beetroot & red cabbage smoothie
Serves 1
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 frozen banana (optional) or any other vegetables
  2. 1 beetroot
  3. 2 cups of red cabbage
  4. 2 handfuls of spinach
  5. 1 liter of water
  6. Flax seeds
  1. Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth
  1. If you have a nutribullet it will be difficult to add 1 liter of water, just fill up the nutribullet jar as much as you can, blend for 1 to 2 minutes, pour the smoothie in a big glass jar, add the rest of the water and stir well

Raw cacao truffles/ Truffes de cacao cru

This is my last recipe before christmas and believe me those raw truffles are very tasty, it can be a nice homemade present too.

I have decided this year I would me making my own chocolates and not buy any of industrial sweets during the festive season.

These raw chocolate balls are made with three ingredients only. Simple, healthy and wholesome. I would recommend using organic or natural dates with no added sugar or syrup to ensure the raw balls do not become too sweet and too sticky.


Cette recette sera la dernière jusque noël et croyez moi ces petites truffes aux chocolat sont un vrai délice.

J’ai decidé cette année de ne pas acheter de chocolats industriels mais de les faire moi meme, surtout pendant cette periode de fêtes. 

Juste 3 ingrédients pour réaliser ces truffes aux chocolat, simples et délicieuses. Déposer les truffes dans un bocal en verre pour un cadeau fait maison 

Je recommende d’utiliser des dattes de bonne qualité, sans sucre ajouté ou de sirop pour être sur que ça ne sois pas trop sucré



Raw chocolate truffles
Serves 4
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  1. 1 cup of pecan nuts
  2. 2 cups of medjool dates
  3. 3 to 4 TBS of raw cacao + extra for the coating
  4. Cinamon (optional)
  1. Place the pecan nuts in a food processor. Process until finely ground
  2. Add the medjool dates little by little and process again for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cacao, process again.
  4. You can add a pinch of salt and cinamon if you wish
  5. Process until you get a dough.
  6. Once you get a dough scoop one spoon and roll it into a ball.
  7. Make the balls and roll it into raw cacao
  8. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 2 hours

Truffes de chocolat cru
Serves 4
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  1. 1 tasse de noix de pecans
  2. 2 tasse de dattes (medjool de préférence)
  3. 3 à 4 C a S de cacao cru
  4. Pinch de canelle (facultatif)
  1. Déposer les noix de pecans dans un robot (utiliser la lame S). Mixer pour obtenir une texture poudreuse.
  2. Ajouter les dattes petit à petit et continuer à mixé.
  3. Ajouter le cacao cru et mixer encore pendant 2 minutes jusqu'à ce que le tout soit homogène et se Tienne ensemble.
  4. Former des boules avec une cuillère a soupe.
  5. Recouvrir les boules de cacao cru.
  6. Deposer dans le frigo pendant 2 heures ou 30 minutes dans le freezer
  7. Et voila xxx



Raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese / Fromage cru vegan aux amandes et zaatar

Christmas is around the corner and what a better time to think about a few health recipes to add to all the goodies you will be having. I know it’s not really the time of the year when low-fat dishes are on our mind, but if you are a little concerned with the calorie intake, you can easily swap a few dishes with healthier options. 

I am sharing a beautiful tasty and yummy recipe for a raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese spread. It is rich in protein but low in fat and is simply delicious on crackers, sourdough bread or baguette. 


Les fêtes arrivent à grand pas et c’est le bon moment de penser à des recettes saine et facile à réaliser.
Aujourd’hui je vous propose un fromage cru et vegan aux amandes et zaatar, riche en protéines et faible en gras,  délicieux avec du pain ou des crackers. 





Raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup of almonds (soaked, drained & skin removed)
  2. 1/4 cup of water
  3. 2 TBS of olive oil
  4. 2 TBS of nutritional yeast
  5. 3 TBS of lemon juice
  6. 1 TS of agar agar + 2 TS of water
  7. 1 TS of zaatar (feel free to add more for a stronger taste)
  8. 1 garlic clove
  9. Pinch of salt
  1. Soak the almond for 2 hours in hot water, remove the skin. It takes a little time but it is easy.
  2. Place the almonds, garlic,nutritional yeat, lemon juice, zaatar, olive oil, and the salt in a food processor.
  3. Process until smooth
  4. In a small saucepan, add the agar agar and water, stir for 15 seconds, pour the mixture in the food processor. Process again for 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Place a little of olive oil in a ramekins, depending on the size you might need 2 or 3 ramekin.
  6. Pour the mixture and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  7. Unmold the cheese and place on a plate.
  8. Serve with raw crackers, raw veggies, baguette
  1. Nutritional yeast is available at Organic food cafe.
  2. I have seen it at lulu supermarket too for about 30 aed
  3. It can be kept for up to two weeks in the fridge and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 2 hours to set.
Fromage cru vegan aux amandes et zaatar
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 1 tasse d'amandes (trempé, peau retirer)
  2. 1/4 tasse d'eau
  3. 2 C a S d'huile d'olive
  4. 2 C a S de levure maltée
  5. 3 C a S de jus de citron
  6. 1 gousse d'ail
  7. 1 C a S de zaatar
  8. 1 C a C d'agar agar + 2 C a c d'eau
  9. Sel, poivre
  1. Faire tremper les amandes dans un bol rempli d’eau chaude pendant 2h.
  2. Retirer la peau ( ça prend un peu de temps mais reste facile).
  3. Déposer les amandes, la levure maltée, citron, zaatar, huile d’olive et le sel dans le robot ( utiliser la lame S).
  4. Mélanger le tout pendant 1 minute.
  5. La préparation doit être lisse et homogène.
  6. Dans une petite casserole ajouter l'agar agar avec l’eau, mélanger pendant 15 secondes.
  7. Verser le liquide dans le robot et faire tourner pendant 1 a 2 minutes.
  8. Préparer 2 à 3 ramequins et déposer un peu d’huile d’olive ( le fromage se démoulera plus facilement)
  9. Remplir les ramequins de fromage , déposer dans le frigo et laisser refroidir pendant 2 heures.
  10. Démouler les fromages dans une belle assiette.
  1. Si vous ne trouvez pas de zaatar, les herbes comme le thym, le romarin ou herbes de provence seront très bien.
  2. Les fromages se gardent 1 semaine au frais



6 weeks smoothie challenge + butternut & golden paste smoothie bowl recipe


My good friend Jean has recently started a 6 weeks challenge where basically you cut off all sugar form, introduce at least one vegetable smoothie per day instead of a meal and do 30 minutes walk 5 days per week.

A litle bit about Jean Charlotte Glen: She is the founder of a popular group on facebook called Natural Alternative Abu Dhabi. She is an Aromatherapist and a reflexologist, she would describe herself as a holistic nutritionist. Jean loves cooking healthy meals and she believes that your medecine is what you eat and which skin care you end up using. She is also currently studying a couselling and life coaching diploma. She is definitely a big inspiration for many of us and she is spending a lots of time on the group helping with making our own skin care products and many more. If you wish to join the group, here is the link to our challenge.


Cutting sugar out  was very easy as I realised that the only sugar I was eating was mainly from fruits and dates.

I decided to cut on dates but keep my fruits intake, mainly fruits with low sugar such as berries, apples, kiwi and grapefruits to name few and reduce the pineapple and mangoes, but i wasn’t loosing weight even after going to the gym for 1hour 30 everyday and eating healthy wasn’t making any difference. So i remembered a friend sending me a smoothie cleanse plan last year. I had a closer look at it and started my own 10 days smoothie cleanse challenge. The cleanse smoothie plan is called JJ Smith 10 days cleanse and can be found online through Amazon.


I have been drinking many and plenty of different smoothies this past month. I have lost 3 kilos in 10 days and I am feeling amazing. I also changed my gym workout plan and introduced varied high Intensity exercises in to it. I am now still keeping to two smoothies per day and a raw or cooked meal dinner meal with the family.


I am now going to share few great smoothie recipes that are easy to make and are packed with nutrients, once a week and i hope you will enjoy it 

Love Marilyne ♥



Butternut and turmeric golden paste smoothie
Serves 1
A delicious smoothie bowl with turmeric golden paste
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 frozen banana
  2. 1 cup of raw butternut squash
  3. 1 raw carrot
  4. 1 full tea spoon of turmeric golden paste*
  5. 1 to 2 tbs of flax seeds
  6. 1 cup of almond milk
  1. Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place the mixture in a bowl, the smoothie should be thick and smooth.
  3. Add your favorite toppings
  4. Et voila
  1. * Turmeric golden paste: i have started using it because of my arthritis symptoms, after 2 weeks of using the paste i have noticed a big difference.
  2. here is a link for more infos about the Golden paste.
  3. http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-for-arthritis/
  4. If you don't have the paste you can also add 1/4 tea spoon of turmeric powder and 1 tea spoon of raw cold press coconut oil

Kolhrabi leave wraps

Hello ♥

I have been so busy lately i didn’t have time to write or post any new recipes.

I got my first delivery from Al Shuwib farm last week and i am so happy about it!!!  so today i would like to write about those beauties ” Kohlrabi”

The health benefits of kohlrabi are amazing it can help to lose weight,  boost the immune system , regulate the metabolism, increase circulation, strengthen bones and improve vision health. Kolrhabi is full of nutrients and minerals like copper, potassium, manganese, iron and calcium. Vitamins such as vitamins C, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Kolhrabi leaves are also  nutritious , the young greens are very flavorful, it has a similar taste to collard greens. The leaves can be steamed, chopped in salads or simply used as bread replacement for the wraps, like you can see on the pictures below.

For the wraps i have used 5 Kohlrabi leaves, added some turmeric white bean hummus, cucumbers, grated carrots and Kolrhabi, but feel free to change any vegetables or dip.

I hope you will like these rolls, they are very easy to make, perfect for pack lunch, family diner or pic nic


Love marilyne xxx











Thank you Marilyn for a truly enlightening, inspiring, and fun workshop! I had a wonderful time and would greatly recommend this workshop to anybody who is interested in a adding tasty healthy food to his/her diet…The workshop was beyond my expectations in terms of creativity and flavor… Thank you again and wishing you more success in all your future workshops!!  Nalha (December 2015)

I had a great time at the workshop, Marilyne brings knowledge, passion and good tastes to the table. Even though I had a good background in nutritious eating, I still managed to learn a lot from her workshop which is informative and well priced.
I strongly recommend it Baida  (December 2015)

I like to look for different alternatives in food preparation. I enjoyed this workshop very much. Marilyne put together a very handy booklet full of useful information about the raw food diet, equipment and recipes. I mostly enjoyed the flex seeds crackers and the kale chips. She made raw food preparation simple and easy and it was yummy:)
Thanks Marilyne, will be looking forward for the children and baby food workshop. Cynthia (February 2016)

Thank you so much Marilyne Girault-Defer for this wonderful introduction to eating more raw food. Your recipes were simple, yummy and inspirational. Thanks for helping me to begin my journey into feeling lighter. It’s Day 5 of eating one raw meal a day…feeling lighter and loving it  😊 Nirmala (February 2016)

I throughly enjoyed the Raw food workshop done by Marilyne. The recipes were very easy to make,full of health and freshness. Would love to come back for more such wonderful and simple workshops where we get to learn so much about eating raw food with a yummy taste 😊 Samidha (February 2016)

What a wonderful introduction to raw food cooking! Simple, instructive, personalised and most importantly; tasty!!! Marilyne comfortably took us through the steps of her very well selected own recipes of delicious raw dishes. The session was very dynamic, everything was prepared on the spot and we got to make our own creations. We were provided with a booklet carefully prepared by Maryline, which included facts on raw food, cooking equipment required and the practiced recipes. We even got to take home some samples that Maryline had prepared for us!! Can’t wait for the next one 🙂 Helena (February 2016)

Merci pour ce super atelier! J’ai passé un agréablement moment et vraiment enrichissant. Marilyne fût très à l’écoute . Cet atelier m’a fait découvrir de nouvelles perspectives en terme d’alimentation surtout que je connaissais peu de chose sur le “rawfood”. Des plats colorés , goûteux et savoureux m’ont vraiment bluffés. Hâte de participer à la suite des ateliers pas vraiment envie de m’arrêter en si bon chemin…

Merci Marilyne! Lila (February 2016)

Thank you Marilyne for this this wonderful workshop. The food is very easy to prepare and more importantly very tasty!!! My son and actually even my husband enjoyed the samples i brought home. I look forward to next class. Monika (February 2016)

I had a lot of questions and some fears about raw food, this session answered them all in a most delicious way ! It was exactly the introduction I needed : fun, practical and with a good atmosphere. I loved that we got to take back a booklet and samples for my husband to read and to taste. Two weeks after the workshop, I bought some equipment and wa had our first totally raw meal yesterday. The whole family enjoyed it ! Anne Sophie (February 2016)

I attended the RAW FOOD Workshop a few weeks ago and I fell in love the the recipes. They were so easy and delicious! I found it informative to have a hands on experience with making the recipes right there, along with getting information on how to use the different machines. Marilyne was an excellent host, coach and leader! She made us feel very comfortable and we had great conversation around the table. She sent us home with a little gift package which was fantastic along with an easy to follow recipe book! I look forward to the next workshop! Leah (February 2016)

Wonderful workshop with great ideas for kids snacks and lunch, good way to make the kids eat raw food. Lovely, yummy and quick recipes. Thanks Mariylne for introducing raw food in our lives. Samidha (March 2016)

Once again very enjoyable class full of healthy and yummy food. Especially enjoyed seeing how easy it is to make your own almond milk. Looking forward to the next class!! 🙂 Monika (March 2016)

lovely time, thank you for your smile and very good facilitator of cooking. Redo it ! Jess (June 2016)

Great experience , all we need to eat healthy and Maryline give a ways . The course was very informative. Finally, I learned that it was possible to eat raw and varied. Hanna (June2016)

Dear Marilyne. I’m so happy I have joined one of your workshops. It was very well put together, just enough information, and the booklet you gave us, has been very helpful afterwards. With showing and sharing, and also letting us try some of your recipes, you inspired me to slowly change my way of preparing food. I am more aware of what I eat now. Thank you so much 😘 Unni (June 2016)

Wow, who knew Raw foods could be so delicious y’all  Marilyne Girault-Defer is our local expert here in Abu Dhabi. Attending her workshopyesterday taught me how to prepare these tasty foods..Thanks for the Goody Bag…having it for lunch & snack tomorrow and the next day. Your so generous- and the recipes-OMG…so excited to try all of them…and the conversation within our group of ladies was so helpful…always love meeting like minded new friends 🌟 happy & healthy…You Are What You Eat Joellen Rousse (October 2016)

Thank you so much for a lovely morning. Having had the pleasure of hosting the workshop, I got to see how much hard work and effort you put into the prep for days beforehand which carries through to your interesting and informative delivery of your workshop. You have such passion and dedication for what you do and I’ll definitely be trying to implement some of what you showed me into my eating habits. Thank you lovely lady Ali Mortimer (Januray 2017)

 I really enjoyed it and I’m off to find some nice macadamia nuts, wanted to try the ricotta cheese and make the lasagna as well. Sardz Tabuzo (January 2017)

Thank you Marilyne for all the effort and passion you put into the workshop. Really loved the maki roll and ricotta dip! x Chandni Rogers (January 2017)

Thank you for a wonderful morning! Jasmine Rose (January 2017)

For anyone who’s just ‘thinking’ of going, do it! I thoroughly enjoyed the one I attended and Marilyne is so passionate about what she does, it makes it all the more worthwhile. Try it. Ali Mortimer (February 2017)





Introduction to Raw food workshop Level 1


Introduction to raw food level 1 

A workshop designed for those new to the concept of raw food, who would like to change their way of eating. Discover raw cooking techniques, what to store in your kitchen pantry.

Learn how to make healthy and easy recipes, sprout pulses, dehydrate fruit & veg and make your own crackers.

The workshop includes preparation of dishes, making them, tastings, going through nutritional topics, shopping list, and equipment basics. 

A  workshop folder with recipes and all topics covered will give you the confidence to start introducing more raw food into your daily life.

All products used are vegan, organic and where possible locally sourced.

For bookings please send me a message via the blog or at marilyndefer@gmail.com



Tabouleh salad / Taboulé de légumes crue

We had such a good time in Europe this year. It was great to be surrounded by good friends. Amazing time in Bretagne, Paris, Berlin and London

This tabouleh salad is very easy to prepare, the couscous can be replaced by quinoa or millet (for a GF version)
Eating healthy without spending too much time in the kitchen … It was our summer goal!

Nous avons passé de superbe vacances cette année en Europe. Génial d’être entourée de nos amis.
Et de bons moments avec belle maman au Croisic

Ce petit taboule est facile a préparé, ont peux facilement remplacée le taboule par du quinoa ou du millet (pour une version GF) Manger sainement sans passée trop de temps en cuisine! c’etait le but de l’été.






Tabouleh salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 cup of couscous
  2. 1 cup of hot water
  3. 2 tbs of olive oil
  4. half cup of chick peas
  5. 2 to 3 tomatoes (cut in small cubes)
  6. 2 small cucumbers (cut in small cubes)
  7. Shallots
  8. Mint
  9. Parsley
  10. 1 handful of dried raisins
  11. Lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper to taste
  1. Place 1 cup of couscous in a bowl, add 2 tbs of olive oil, stir well, add the hot water.
  2. Stir well, set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir again the couscous should be ready. Allow to cool down for 1/2 hour
  4. Cut the tomatoes, cucumber, shallots.
  5. Chop the mint & parsley
  6. Place in a big salad bowl add the couscous.
  7. Drizzle some lemon juice & olive oil, add salt & pepper.
  8. Place in the fridge for 1 hour
  9. et voila Tabouleh salad is ready
  1. If you want to eat the salad later do not put the lemon juice.
Taboulé de légume crue
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 tasse de couscous
  2. 1 tasse d'eau chaude
  3. 2 c a s d'huile d'olive
  4. 1/2 tasse de poix chiches
  5. 2 tomates (coupé en petit dés)
  6. 2 petits concombres (coupé en petits dés)
  7. Menthe
  8. Persil
  9. Echalotte
  10. 1 poignée de raisins
  11. Jus de citron, huile d'olive, sel et poivre
  1. Mettre le couscous dans un bol, y ajoute les 2 cuillères a soupe d'huile d'olive puis l'eau chaude, Remuer légèrement puis laisser reposer pendant 10 minutes.
  2. Une fois le couscous prêt laisser refroidir pendant 1 heure.
  3. Couper les tomates, concombres en petit dés, ciselé la menthe et le persil.
  4. Metter le tout dans un grand bol a salade.
  5. Rajouter le couscous, assaisonner de citron, d'huile d'olive, sel et poivre.
  6. A manger de suite ou laisser reposer dans le refregirateur pendant 1 heure


Overnight soaked porridge

This easy raw  overnight soaked porridge breakfast is on my top 5. Very versatile you can mix it with anything you like 




Overnight soaked porridge
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  1. 1 cup of rolled oats (GF)
  2. 1 cup 1/2 of almond milk
  3. 1 tbs of chia seeds
  4. sunflower & pumpkin seeds
  5. 2tbs dried raisins
  6. 2 tbs of raw almonds
  7. any topping and fresh fruits
  8. Coconut sugar (Optional)
  1. Place the oats and the milk in a big bowl, stir well.
  2. Add the chia, seeds and almonds
  3. Place in the fridge overnight.
  4. Next morning place in jars and add the coconut sugar and pomegranate seeds
  1. You can add anything you like
  2. Et voila