The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

Eggs Vienna

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

See ELEGANT BREAKFAST page for my Eggs Vienna recipe.

Low-Carb Green Chile Burger

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM
Shape and fry hamburgers (I use a Green Pan from Belgium), then array them in a baking dish. Spread a light layer of mayonnaise over the burgers. Cover them with chopped green chiles (Hatch or Old El Paso brands, for example). A few shreds of chopped pickle may be added to the chiles. Bake for fifteen minutes. Remove from oven and top with shredded cheese (I used Colby-Jack blend here). Bake again until the cheese atop your green chile cheeseburgers is melted, or browned if you prefer. These green chile burgers are so sumptuous that they are edible without buns, making them a low-carb main dish.

Recipe and Photos Copyright ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Beefsteak Fajitas

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Beefsteak strips are seasoned (combine your choice of chile powders, comino, seasoning salt and/or onion and garlic powders; shake in a bag to coat meat bits) and fried in olive oil, then served on a sautéed flour tortilla, accompanied by yellow pear tomatoes and sliced avocado.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

M-J's Spinach and Artichoke Casserole

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Assembling an Elegant Spinach and Artichoke Casserole: Line Bottom of Baking Pan with Butter. Spread with Artichoke Pieces and Fresh SpinachPhoto_Copyright_M-J_de_Mesterton_2012

Spinach and Artichoke Casserole is Topped with Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise Mixture, then Sprinkled with Grated Parmesan

M-J's Elegant Spinach and Artichoke Casserole is Topped with Cheese Mixture and Ready to Baked

See ELEGANT VEGETABLES for M-J's  Elegant Spinach and Artichoke Casserole Recipe

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

Home-Made French-Style Bread

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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

Pollo con Penne al Alfredo

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Elegant Taco Salad

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM


Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream and tortilla pieces are arranged into an elegant, low-carb luncheon dish.

©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Home-Made Hamburger Buns

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM
See M-J's Original Recipe for Hamburger Buns at The Elegant Cook Bread Page

Elegant White Cake

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Elegant Salad Dressing: Ranch Style

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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:



Sour Cream


Onion Powder

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

Elegant Late-Summer Salad

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM
Grape Tomatoes, Home-Grown Italian-Style Parsley, Mozzarella Cheese, Olive Oil and White Wine Vinegar Make an Elegant Late-Summer Salad ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Home-Garden Radishes

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Home-grown radishes and their greens, ready to eat with soft butter or vinaigrette, look lovely on a plate.

Elegant Mini-Tacos

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 9:40 PM
Taco seasoning by Tone's, chopped tomatoes, onion, celery, yellow capsicum (a sweet pepper), New Mexico red chile gravy, and ground beef, cooked together about an hour and mixed until very fine, makes a perfect taco filling in combination with grated mild cheese.
Miniature tacos are made with sautéed Guerrero corn tortillas, which are filled with a ground-beef-vegetable mixture and colby jack cheese. The bowl contains shredded Romaine lettuce and small strips of avocado, dressed with lime juice, cilantro (coriander leaf) and salt.
©M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Brioche Recipe in Pictures

Posted on April 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM
 M-J de Mesterton's Original Brioche Recipe in Pictures
©Copyright April 30th, 2011
Click on photos to enlarge images.


Some other posts by M-J, about brioche, can be seen here.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Radishes with Soft Butter

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Radishes with Soft Butter, a French Breakfast Favourite

Konnyaku Stir-Fry

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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.

Elegant Japanese-Style Salad

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

This refreshing and elegant cucumber-radish salad is dressed with a rice wine vinegar-honey vinaigrette

Elegant Fairy Cakes

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:14 PM

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

Baking Brioche

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Elegant, Traditional Brioche in the Oven