The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

Grown in the West: Palouse and Blue Bird

Posted on September 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Health-Promoting Cayenne Pepper

Posted on December 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM
  Four Benefits of Cayenne Pepper, at Natural News 

Elegant Cayenne Pepper Plant

Cayenne Pepper: a Health-Promoting Fruit, Used for Spicing Many Dishes

Capsaicin-Rich Cayenne Peppers are a Heart-Tonic and Anti-Inflammatory Fruit
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Making Yoghurt Cheese

Posted on December 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Instead of spending lots of money on disappointing, so-called "Greek Yoghurt", which is usually not pure product (I call it "faux yogh"), strain your own. I've had yoghurt in Greece. It is wobbly, not very thick, and often made with sheep's milk, which yields a strange taste compared with cow's milk products. Real thick yoghurt or yoghurt cheese is called "labneh" and is standard in the Middle East. Here is how I make it in the U.S.A., with the high-quality, additive-free Mountain High brand from Colorado, which is available all over the West. Line a sieve with coffee-filters, ladle in the yoghurt, top with another coffee-filter, set it on top of a large measuring-cup or bowl, and let it drip. You may be surprised at the amount of liquid (whey) that accumulates. Whey is nutritious, and may be added to a smoothie, where you will barely notice it. After the yoghurt seems to have drained a bit and is stabilized, I like to add a very heavy plate or other weight on top to help press out the liquid. Stop the process as soon as the yoghurt is the consistency that you prefer. ©M-J de Mesterton 2014

M-J's Survival Smoothie

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM
I keep cleaned vegetables in refrigerated bins, ready to process into a health-promoting smoothie every morning. Ingredients include any combination of the following: Fresh Ginger, Dandelion Root, Turmeric, Organic Mixed Greens, Broccoli, Carrot, Red Apple Chunks, Red Onion, Fresh Aloe Leaf, Celery, Home-Grown Wheat Sprouts/Wheat Grass, Water ©M-J de Mesterton 2013 Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Elegant Green Smoothie

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM



Our friends at Paleo Works in Yorkshire have written a wonderful essay about a dietary marvel known as the sweet potato. Read it HERE, and while on their page, you can read about the sensible, successful Paleo Diet. Below, please find a recipe for a health-promoting salad that I devised using yams and beets.



A refreshing way to eat health-promoting vegetables, this elegant cabbage and yam salad is also a nice thing to serve your friends: red cabbage is sliced as thinly as possible, and marinated for several hours in the vinaigrette of your choice, then mixed with yams that have been cut into match-sticks and cooked in water with a bit of honey until slightly soft.
Recipe and Photo©M-J de Mesterton

Natural Hangover Helpers

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Here is another natural hangover remedy, not listed in the foregoing article, which was written by J.B. Bardot:

RADISHES, a liver-tonic.

Radishes, a Natural Hangover Remedy

Radishes, a Natural Hangover Helper

Yam and Red Cabbage Salad for Health and Taste

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM
A refreshing way to eat health-promoting vegetables, this elegant cabbage and yam salad is also a nice thing to serve your friends: red cabbage is sliced as thinly as possible, and marinated for several hours in the vinaigrette of your choice, then mixed with yams that have been cut into match-sticks and cooked in water with a bit of honey until slightly soft. Recipe and Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Radish and Cucumber Salad

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I made this delicious radish and cucumber salad with a crinkle-cutter. I dressed it with a combination of white wine vinegar, oil, honey, Himalayan salt and ground green peppercorn. This salad benefits from an hour of marination in the dressing.


Coconut Milk

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Versatile, Health-Promoting Coconut Milk

I shall be printing a couple of original coconut milk recipes soon.



California Walnut Growers

Posted on July 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM

California Walnuts are very nutritious and useful in an endless variety of recipes, both sweet and savoury. Use walnuts in cakes, cookies and Asian-style stir-fried dishes, for example.

 

Home-Made Sorbet

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Elegant Low-Carb Parfait Dessert

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Elegant Diuretic Smoothie

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:32 PM

M-J's diuretic smoothie is made in a blender from buttermilk or yoghurt, water, cucumber, celery, lemon, and hot pepper.

See Elegant Vegetarian & Spa, where you will find  M-J's recipe for a delicious, health-promoting diuretic smoothie.

Turmeric in Okinawan Diet

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 4:34 PM

 Turmeric in the Okinawa Program


The 2001 book, The Okinawa Program by Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., D. CraigWillcox, Ph. D., and Makoto Suzuki, M.D., is based upon the25-year-long Okinawa Centenarian Study. It is one of my favorite diet and health books.Turmeric has recently garnered respect and much publicity as a medicinal plant from the ginger family. The qualities of turmeric are not news to the famously long-living people of Okinawa, as related on page 149: Excerpt: Ucchin, or Turmeric M-J’s pronunciation note: TER-mer-ick (Curcuma longa, Jiang Huang, Curcuma, Indian saffron, Ukon, Valerian) Ucchin,commonly known in North America as turmeric, is one of the Okinawans’ favorite herbs (as it is in India), and claims a multitude of health benefits. It’s known as ukon to the Japanese….


Folkloric Claims

Turmeric is from the ginger family. The stalk of the plant is the part most commonly used in both herbal and traditional medicine, and is the part that provides the distinctive yellow-orange powder that adds flavor and color to curry. It was probably brought to Okinawa centuries ago from India, which had active trade relations with the Ryukyu Kingdom (as Okinawa was formerly known). In Ayurvedic medicine…turmeric is thought to strengthen the immune system, relieve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, improve digestion, relieve gas, killl parasites and worms, alleviate menstrual problems, dissolve gallstones, and relieve other ailments. The Okinawans are in full accord with these claims, and highly prize their turmeric. Excerpt, page 150 Turmeric possesses significant antioxidant properties, comparable to those of vitamins E or C, which is probably why it proves powerful against cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research has reported somedegree of inhibition for cancers of the GI tract, including oral, esophageal, stomach, and colon cancers. And, there is further evidence for its effectiveness against breast and skin cancers. ~~M-J de Mesterton, August 2009

Cinnamon, a Health-Promoting Spice

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM