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Pink Easter Eggs

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Hello y’all!

I hope you survived April Fools Day and its tricks!

And speaking of tricks… Here is a cool idea for Easter. I know the tradition is to paint egg shells — but what happens with the inside of the egg? I am a glutton, and I’d rather eat the egg, so why shouldn’t I paint the inside instead? These cooked eggs were infused in beet juice seasoned with vinegar and garlic. After one night, you get this psychedelicious pink result.

This easy recipe comes from the very cool Town and Cooking blog, thank you for the devilish idea!

xoxo Clemmo

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Ingredients:
– Eggs
– Canned beets (I used 3 cans for 8 eggs)
– 1 clove of garlic or shallot
– 1 tablespoon of vinegar
– Mayonnaise or wasabi, or both mixed
– Caribbean salt and spices mix
– Baking soda (optional)

Recipe:
– Cook the eggs for ten minutes in boiling water with a pinch of baking soda (it will make the shells soft and easier to peel)
– Open beet cans, then strain and preserve the juice. Fill a jar (or a tall recipient) with the juice, but leave enough space in the jar to submerge eggs. Keep the solid beet bits to the side. Beware of the stain risk!
– Chop the garlic or shallots and add to the beet juice, then add the vinegar.
– Peel the eggs, and plunge them carefully into the beet juice mix. To make sure the eggs don’t float, cap the jar or place something on top to keep the eggs immersed. Keep the egg jar in the fridge overnight.
– In the morning, slowly remove the eggs from the liquid: you will find they are all pink! (and infused with beet, garlic and vinegar flavors)
– Cut the eggs in half and top with Caribbean spices, mayonnaise and wasabi
– Nibble on these eggy gems with a side salad featuring the beet bits :)

Happy Easter!

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Light and Fresh Spinach Wraps

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Here is the result, better than in Top Chef!

Hello dear followers!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the newest blooms of Spring. We have not been enjoying a snowy winter this year. I recall paddling on the lake in late November and wearing t-shirts in February. The weather is sick! I wanted to show you winter recipes and funny pictures in the snow, but the mood and the conditions were not there. So I’m moving on to summer! I feel like eating healthy and getting prepared for the sun again. Here is a great bikini-friendly recipe: a fresh, light and green spinach tortilla wrap filled with delicious veggies. You will need these ingredients:

– lettuce
– minced red cabbage mixed with chopped green onions
– chick peas seasoned with herbs, salt, pepper, shallots, olive oil and a string of vinegar
– two avocado slices, seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper
– tatziki (chopped cucumber in greek yogurt with lemon juice, salt, pepper, herbs, olive oil)
– basil leaves
– cheese
– spinach tortillas

Place all the ingredients on the tortilla, wrap it up, and enjoy!
If you need help to wrap the tortilla, have a look at the animated GIF below :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Send me some feedback if you like it!

I will come back with cherry blossom pictures — soon!

xoxo Clemmospinach-wrap-clemmo

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Here are the steps to wrap it! My advice: don’t pack it too much, secure the two sides first, then roll it while maintaining firmly the filing inside the wrap. You can use skewer wood sticks to prevent the wrap from unrolling ;)

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Tartines Party!

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Today, I want to celebrate fast food! But don’t be fooled; I am not an advocate of greasy, cheap, GMO-laden fast food. I love healthy, varied, and enjoyable fast food. I love food that is ready to eat in a minute, perfect for busy workdays or for a last minute party. I see you, McDonald’s, but I’m not lovin’ it.

I have learned that Americans love sandwiches. Personally, I am a huge defender of tartines. Tartines (“toast,” in French) are ready in a minute, and they can be garnished with anything. They look more appetizing than sandwiches because you can see the toppings. Why shouldn’t your snack be a work of art?!

I am very picky about bread quality. I have been quite disappointed with “French Bread” straight from the local grocery store. But, after 4 months of trying bread in the US, I am glad to tell you I have finally found a delicious one: QFC’s honey-and-sunflower seed bread. It is available at any QFC bakery — give it a try!

Below is my selection of six easy tartine recipes.

Let’s throw a tartine party!

xoxo Clemmo
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The fabulous Oreo Smoothie Recipe

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I hope 2015 has started well for you. In my “resolutions” list, I wish for you to keep enjoying delicious food. Let’s start with a warm, cosy smoothie recipe: a smoothie you drink while hot, a Kindle in your hands, curled up in a knit blanked next to the fireplace. A smoothie that is so good — it will make your toes curl, too.

xoxo Clemmo

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2014 blog favorites!

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Bonjour, everyone!

What a great year! 2014 was punctuated by many changes and moves (Seattle-Lyon-Paris-Seattle). I hope you will keep following my new adventures wherever I settle down!

Change brings new challenges and exciting developments. The fresh air boosts my creativity. Sharing my projects with you through this blog is my biggest motivation. In 2015, I want to improve my technical knowledge to provide you with a better website and find ways to realize bigger, crazier ideas.

I particularly want to review these 10 most popular DIY from 2014 — each with little anecdotes!

See you soon,
xoxo Clemmo

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1. The Japanese Kokedamas: decorative hanging moss balls.
—> A star article, thanks to Pinterest! Pin it here!
2. The no-sewing leather clutch
—> I found the leather near Lyon, at “Boudin’s”, which is French for “sausage”! This word-of-mouth gem provides the best fashion designers in Paris with exceptional quality leather. And if you buy past-season, it is really affordable!

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3. The American recipe for delicious chewy pumpkin cookies!
—> My mother-in-law was told French people don’t value pumpkin much because it is used to feed the pigs… I have never heard this, anyone to confirm it?! From my French point of view, I agree we don’t cook pumpkin enough — it is truly tasty!
4. The tropical pin-up bikini
—> We shot at Îles du Salut, French Guiana, in the middle of the tourism season. Visitors were staring at us while my family was openly mocking us. Thankfully, this devoted blogger doesn’t know shame!

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5. The owl leather necklace (article in French)
—> After the photoshoot, we discovered a hidden box under the tree. It was filled with someone’s childhood souvenirs and drawings!
6. A kitchenette in “New York style”, with adhesive tiles.
—> Letters on the wall are covered with ELLE magazine pages and humorous drawings about modern women!

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7. The statement necklace
–> This necklace article was also shot in Guiana. I was so devoted to the quality of the picture, I wore this knit sweater in a 90° jungle haze and kept sweating in it.
8. Friendship Bracelet Cuffs
—> This morning, at Montabo beach, Guiana, we witnessed baby turtles rushing to the sea for the first time! It was magical and I filmed it for you!

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9. Semi-precious gemstone necklaces
—> The young owner of this antiquities shop near Châtelet was a look-alike of Roch Voisine, a Canadian pre-teen idol from the ’90s. (I am old enough to know him, yet young enough to never closely listen to his music! Me, I loved Backstreet Boys and Linkin Park, duh!).
10. Relaxing bath salts
—> Big-ups to my friend, Val, who dangerously climbed on my washing machine to take this picture in my tiny bathroom. (What, you wanted me to tell you if I were really naked? ;)

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