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A Day of Home Cooked Meals

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It's been a while since I last wrote about food around here. So let me invite you into my kitchen for a day of meals.

A Day of Home Cooked Meals by Conscious by Chloé


I'm always super excited to wake and get up on Sundays because this means I get to go eat croissants! Those delicacies are very rich so I try to only allow myself to eat them once a week. So, as soon as I'm up, I trow on a cozy outfit and run to the bakery while Octave warms up a cup of hot cocoa.

My favorite: a plain croissant.
His favorite: an almond croissant.

We might sometimes spice things up with a pain au chocolat or a bear claw, but tend to stick to classics.

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As freelancers, we too easily forget to take time off and slow down, so I figured that a Sunday morning tradition would be a tasty way to make our Sunday mornings a little special (we also eat breakfast out on Wednesdays at our neighborhood café).

And let's not forget that we are both French and that we're lucky enough to have a bakery that sells delicious viennoiseries in our neighborhood. Their employees are also the nicest, usually know what I'll order before I do and always mention how much they love that I bring my own cloth bag to carry my croissants back home.

We alternate between a chai latte and hot chocolate. I usually have a bottle of homemade almond milk ready so all Octave has to do is pour a little milk in a saucepan and add chai or cocoa powder.

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After such a fat-rich breakfast, we should have upped our fiber intake and balanced our diet with a vegetable-based meal but opted for a quick and easy meal: a quinoa bowl.

This is a staple in our household. And Octave likes to cook a big batch so we can eat leftovers of the following day, usually wrapped in a tortilla (yum!).

Quinoa, tofu, avocado and a hint of sriracha. These are 4 ingredients that were not part of our diet at all before we moved to the US. Now, I don't think we could do without them (we're slowly building up our tolerance to spicy food).

This is not particularly noticeable but the water we're drinking here is actually sparkling water. We recently purchased a Sodastream) and are very happy about it because: a/ we only have to bring the gas bottle back to the store every other month to exchange it for a full one - so this means no glass bottle or metal cans! b/ we drink way more water now than before. Sparkling water looks so much more appealing than still water. I'm famous for serving it in a wine glass #fancydrink c/ we experiment much more with natural flavors and ditched our usual drinking vinegars, which contain too much sugar.

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Time to eat veggies!

My favorite Oregon farmer, Andrea Bemis, published a book last year and not only have I read it like it was an autobiography, but I also dive back into it on a regular basis when I want to try a new dish with seasonal ingredients.

My favorite recipe in the beet butter. And I just realized that it's on page 84 - my birth year. Coincidence? I think not!

I've switched a couple ingredients with ones I had in my pantry and whipped up this delicious and beautiful dip in no time.

Beets, cashews, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil and a pinch of salt is all I used to make it.

Then I sliced a carrot and added a little parsley for the picture.

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Not only is Octave an amazing photographer, he's also an awesome chef! This is how we share chores at home, he cooks, I wash the dishes.

Last year, we made 2 major purchases for the kitchen (a food processor, a pasta attachment set for our KitchenAid and and have not regretted them a single second.

We use them several times a week - if not daily. They save us a lot of time and make cooking an even more enjoyable task.

I cut the mushrooms and shred the parmesan with the food processor while Octave mixes the dough and shapes the pasta with the KichenAid.

He's gotten really good at it and it now takes him around 30 minutes to make pasta from scratch!

I personally could live on a pasta diet...

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We rarely drink alcohol (I especially, because, migraines), but when we do, trust us, it's the good stuff! Octave's father is a cider producer and hooked us on natural wines (no sulfates, no sulfites, no bad stuff added). We have a pretty solid selection at home so if you ever come over, bring dessert!

A Day of Home Cooked Meals by Conscious by Chloé

Talking about dessert, unless we have guests, we will not prepare something special. According to our mood, we'll either eat a piece of fruit or a square of the darkest chocolate (bonus points if there's a salted caramel stuffing).


Event though we try to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of trash we produce by shopping local, organic and in bulk, we still purchase certain products packaged, like cheese. Oh, and yes, we (still) eat animal products, such as cheese, meat, cheese and honey though those occurrences are getting rarer and rarer and one might call us semi-vegetarians or flexitarians.

Check out what fellow Ethical Writers & Creatives eat in one day over here:

How much do you think about what you eat and its impact on the environment?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Have a Blissful Weekend #19

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Every Friday, I will now feature an original chart by Anne Parmeter, an amazing artist & fellow Portlander whom I connected with on Instagram. Here’s today’s.

What are you up to this weekend?

Tonight's our wedding anniversary and our little tradition is to go to a Japanese restaurant (we had takeaway sushi at the motel on our way back from Vegas) so that's what we'll be up to...

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

My Favorite Small Shops in Portland, OR

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Whether you need a last minute Valentine's gift or just want to treat yourself to a luxurious body oil, these Portland small shops got you covered.

It was very hard to narrow them down to 5, but you'll soon be able to discover all my favortie in the Conscious by Chloé City Guide I'm currently working on.

1. Palace

Palace has got the best zine selection. I'm always tempted to get one of the many funny and activist pins they sell. And, last but not least, they also offer a wode variety of zero-waste friendly accessories (furoshiki, wooden utensils). Also, the shop is accross the street from my favorite lunch spot, Luce.

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2. Spartan

I never miss an opportunity to stop by Spartan after looking for vintage treasures at the Portland Flea. I am a fan of their kitchenware. Their taste in ceramics is on point. It's now also very close to my new studio and within walking distance from Rejuvenation and its little cantine, Figlia Americana.

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3. Field Trip

Field Trip can be summed up in 3 words: California meets Oregon. There's something so peaceful in Kara's shop. Her self-care selection is simply the best in Portland and I love her penchant for all things witchy (incences, crystals, tarot workshops).

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4. Wild Poppy Goods

Wild Poppy is the last small shop I discovered in Portland last November. Taylor's aesthetics got me hooked at the first Instagram post I saw. Funny story: I had forgotten my wallet, but still came back home with a jade roller and paid for it online once I got home. It's the little things that make you come back.

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5. Beam & Anchor

I save a visit to Beam & Anchor for special occasions, especially when I'm on the hunt for a host/hostess gift. Their home goods selection is so simple and elegant! Plus, they carry Roots & Crowns product, and I'm a total fan of Max's herbal apothecary.

Do you live in Portland or are you planning on visiting Bridge City any time soon? What's the one shop you('d) love to stop by?

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 10

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 10 by Conscious by Chloé

TGIF! I'm not gonna lie, this challenge has been slightly more tedious than the previous one and I'm ready to dive back into my closet.

Still, I'm pretty happy with this last look and hope you'll enjoy it too!

My Day 10 Outfit

Comfortable meets playful, wait until the next picture and you'll know what I mean.

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  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Sneakers (old) - Similar

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Style Notes

Working with a capsule wardrobe becomes harder and harder when you approach the last couple days, but it's a great challenge to get creative.

I was very proud the first time I thought about wearing my cardigan with the opening in the back. I may or may not have been inspired by a drawing from a French artist that's hanging in my bedroom. Anyway, I'm a sucker for sexy backs. They might not be the most winter-appropriate pieces of clothing, but working from home does have its perks, no commute, no jacket and slippers instead of shoes (except for pictures).

Have you ever worn a piece of clothing in a different way than the one it was designed to be (i.e. a shirt as a skirt)?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 9

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

Guys, is it spring yet? Yesterday, as we were walking on Division St, I saw people wearing shorts. Shorts, in Portland, in February. I haven't even gone snowboarding yet!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 9 Outfit

Well, to be honest, I'm not complaining at all about yesterday's sunny weather (though I'm very concerned about it) as I prefer to wear sneakers with bare ankles.

My second to last outfit of this winter 10x10 looks way too easy, but you cannot honestly expect miracles at the end of such a challenge.

Denim, sweater, leggings, sneakers. I'm pretty much up for anything. Going for a walk, moving more furniture into my studio or running errands around town with my favorite market bag.

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  • Sweater - Everlane - Made in China
  • Leggings (old) - American Apparel - Made in the USA (Los Angeles, CA) - Similar
  • Jacket (sample) - Similar
  • Sneakers (old) - Similar

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

Do you have any radical opinions on wearing shoes without socks? Just kidding, I'd rather know whether there's snow where you live, please send pictures!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.