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All Hail Kale.


I love a good success story, especially when it's from one of your friends. A story that you were able to follow its progress over emails, blog posts and of course, conversations over margaritas. Once it finally comes together, there is a sense of pride that you hold for your friend who you watched spill all of their time and passion into the dream that became a reality.

In a city that doesn't exactly celebrate thinking outside of the norm, my blogger friend turned real-life friend Kristen single-handedly - with the help of her French farming posse - brought kale awareness to Paris with the launch of her project.

This is a journey of a young woman's mission to introduce kale to the City of Light and spread the knowledge of its long list of benefits and creative ways to incorporate it into everyday cooking. Definitely one of the more original ways I've heard of an expat spending their days making Paris their home.

In the hopes of making kale the next household green, next to the bag of prepackaged roquette that the French just adore, Kristen has been visiting farms outside of the city, volunteering at farmer's markets, and sharing her favorite recipes to get the kale movement going!

And it's working...

Oh, you go girl.

To celebrate the start of a very promising project that I am sure will lead to lots of press, a cookbook, and perhaps even an action figure, Kristen hosted a kale themed dinner party at Paris hot spot Versjus to officially introduce kale to Paris. The turnout of fellow bloggers and foodies was only proof that The Kale Project is really taking off!

 Kristen's Raw Kale Salad Recipe!
The package even came with little seeds to grow our own kale!
I think my personal kale project will be to not kill it.
I don't exactly have la main verte...
(Merci Duchesse!)

Growing up with swiss chard, escarole, and of course, brocoli di rabe in our Italian house, we never branched out (no pun intended) to the world of kale. It wasn't until I met Kristen through her blog that I even gave kale a second thought. So while I was back in the States waiting for my visa to come through, I wanted to see what all of her excitement was about and headed over to Whole Foods to pick up two bunches of her beloved green.

Well this is what this little coquine did with her kale...



...I made booze.

In honor of Kristen, I brewed a homemade infused vodka which I experimented with her kale, balanced with strawberry (one of my loves - I know, so not original) to take the bite off, and sprinkled with love. This was actually a gift from Aurelien and I (that took us almost three weeks in the States to infuse), that we presented to Kristen and her hubby as a thank you gift for hosting a fabulous summer soirée. Of course, I turned something as innocent and healthy as kale into a sinful and naughty elixir. The cocktail went down like strawberry moonshine, and served as the perfect nightcap before we left The Lancelots with the sun was rising over Paris.

Congratulations on an impressive project that is on the rise. It ain't easy being green, but with the power of this project, it's going to be a bountiful autumn after all, now that this leafy lovely is accessible! I can't wait to see what happens next!

Bon week-end

33 comments:

  1. Trust you to make vodka out of it, I love it! Of all things, kale would be the last thing I'd think of putting in a cocktail. I really wanted to do a rhubarb infusion, but I think I missed my chance.

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    1. I really do come across like a raging alcoholic! My father who was in the program (AA) for 25 years must " tsk, tsk, tsking" me from above. Sorry, Pops!

      Ooooh rhubard vodka, that would work well with strawberry too! Do it when it's in season again! We can have an "infusion-off"! xo!

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  2. I am absolutely bursting with joy and pride for Kristin! Next stop... Oprah!

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    1. Oprah! Oh word!! I'd LOVE that....plus we'd get some O gossip which for some reason I seek from time to time. What can I say? Like Babs Walter, she fascinates me...

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  3. You made homemade infused kale-berry vodka?! What DON'T you do??? That's really clever.

    How was it?

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    1. There's lots I don't do, like knit for example! I would love to knit.

      The vodka was good. A bit tart because of the kale, but the strawberry evened it out a bit. A splash of Perrier made it a smooth cocktail!

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  4. Haha brilliant. Should've known you'd turn it into booze.

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    1. Thanks Edna! You, by the way, we're sleeping in the other room when this kale-strawberry vodka tasting was happening!

      Party girl! xo.

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    2. No way. Devastated!! We'll have to do it again! (the kale vodka tasting that is, not the me passing out in Kristin's house part.)

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  5. Down on my knees as we all hail kale!!!!

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    1. Hail the kale movement! I'm loving the enthusiasm K is getting for the fruits of her labor! Good for her!

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  6. Thanks darling Ella! The kale-infused vodka was SO good and I think I see a future with it for sure. And an action figure?! Um LOVE that idea... <3

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    1. You're so very welcome! Like I wrote in my email to you, I'm really proud of what you're doing and how it's all really coming together. You work fast, girl!

      Clearly, you're inspiring us all. : )

      Enjoy this exciting time!

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  7. Looks like a fab use of it to me lol

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    1. Hahahah totally! And it's low in cals! Another bonus!

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  8. Can we be friends so you can write awesome stuff about me? You're such a fun friend! I'm dying over your kale vodka! most people would have made a simple salad but La Coquine!

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    1. Well we can be friends but you're hiding behind "anonymous" so at this point it would be impossible. : )

      Yeah, I didn't do a salad mostly because they come out like shit, my cocktails on the other hand, good stuff, good, good, stuff. : )

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  9. Ha, what a fun cocktail! I've only ever had kale on pizza (which was beyond delicious). I'll have to try it out more. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Kale pizza! That sounds fantastic! I like broccoli di rabe on pizza, the bitterness really compliments the sweetness of the sauce, so I imagine kale would have the same effect.

      Have a nice weekend as well!

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  10. You made booze--you really are a girl after my own heart.

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    1. Oh Joseph, you wrote me another note (blush). Thank you!

      And of course I would turn a green into some kind of cocktail. I'm just that kind of gal! ; )

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  11. Power to her! Love kale!:)

    And love your sinful concoction:) What a multitalented party girl you are:)

    You're so right about the French being afraid of newness... I remember my colleagues' reaction when they'd see me eat raw green beens or snow peas! Major crime de lèse-majesté!;)) One finally accepted to taste them, albeit reluctantly;) Yet they eat brains... The mind boggles;)

    By the way... on dit "avoir la main verte" en français:)

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    1. Hahaha multitalented or have lots of time on my hands to come up with this stuff. It's debatable. :)

      Well I have found that doing things off the beaten path, isn't always well received. Clearly there are exceptions, but on a whole, they seem to be more straight that us North Americans who are bit more creative on how we go about our lives!

      Thanks for the French correction - I fixed it. If you ever see errors, please tell me. I'm not a fiere americaine who gets offended. Corrections are always welcome!

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  12. You made vodka! Rockstar.

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  13. YES to the Kale press, Kale cookbook and Kale ACTION HERO (?!?)! YES to the kale-infused vodka (clever thing)! and most importantly YES YES YES TO KRISTEN BRINGING KALE TO FRANCE!!

    Apologies for all these caps, but the conviction of Kale support that I feel compelled me to press cap lock.

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    1. I LOVE THE CAPS! IT'S CREATING A SENSE OF EXCITEMENT AND URGENCY! See? YES! YES! YES! YES TO KALE IN PARIS! YES TO KALE BOOZE! YES TO KRISTEN! #FIRST #KALE #PARIS


      Hahahah, crazy New Yorkers...

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    2. I'm so lucky to have crazy new yorkers on my side x

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    3. YES YOU ARE AND YES YES YES WE ARE TO HAVE YOU IN FRANCE TO MAKE US HEALTHY (AND MISS ELLA TO MAKE US HAPPY IN OUR HEALTH WITH HER KALE!)!
      xx

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  14. Love this!! Congrats Kristen!! Oh and Ella... haha. Alcohol. Of course!! :) xx

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    1. Hi Em!! Thanks! Glad you liked the post. We missed you at this event!!! You'll be back in P-town soon, right?

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  15. So snazzy. Bummed I couldn't make it! I am totally interested in the vodka brewing thing... DETAILS???

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    1. The event had a great turnout. It was awesome meeting some bloggers who I've been wanting to meet for a while like Mr Bryan in the Kitchen!

      As for the vodka, just pick your ingredients and good bottle of vodka (in this case, I used Ketel One) and let it sit. The secret ingredient is patience! :)

      Hi Meg, and enchantee!

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