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Assembling an Elegant Spinach and Artichoke Casserole: Line Bottom of Baking Pan with Butter. Spread with Artichoke Pieces and Fresh Spinach
Spinach and Artichoke Casserole is Topped with Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise Mixture, then Sprinkled with Grated Parmesan
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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
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M-J's Home-Made French Bread
American flour is very soft, even the unbleached variety. So, authentic French-style bread in the U.S. is difficult to make. If you can locate unbleached white flours from France or Italy, they are perfect for making baguettes. To make French bread or baguettes like the ones shown in my photograph, I use my own starter for the dough, let it rise twice before I form it into loaves, and place a small pottery bowl of water in a very hot oven while the baguettes are baking. This moisture creates a crispy crust.
Here is a good recipe for home-made French-style bread, by King Arthur Flour company:
For more elegant bread recipes, please visit M-J’s page, The Elegant Cook's Bread Recipes.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011
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For an elegant salad design, dress the lettuce first and then decorate with tomatoes and peppers (capsicums).
I make a tradional western ranch-style dressing with the following ingredients, and never from an over-priced packaged mix:
a dash or two of D.L. Jardine's Texas Five-Star Ranch Rub (or Lawry's Seasoning Salt)
A squeeze of lemon and a bit of freshly-ground green or white peppercorn
©M-J de Mesterton
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|Few calories and lots of taste go into this elegant stir-fry, made with celery, onion, ginger, coconut oil and shirataki noodles. ©M-J de Mesterton|
|Shirataki Noodle or Konnyaku are Stir-Fried with Vegetables|
|A Japanese chile, soy sauce and peanut dressing will be just the thing to add a pleasant piquancy.|
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Ground almonds and coconut cream are mixed with egg-whites, vanilla and sweetener for a high-protein, low-carb tea cake that is also a perfect end to a ladies' elegant luncheon.
©M-J de Mesterton
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