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M-J de Mesterton

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Gallo Dry Salame

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

America's best dry salame has been made in San Lorenzo, California, near San Francisco, by the Gallo company, since 1910. This Italian-style sausage is perfect with red wine, French bread and cheese.

Saint Albray cheese, a perfect complement to dry salame, French bread and red wine. It slices beautifully and is mild and moist, but still retains its body despite its creamy nature. Saint Albray's enduring success comes from its distinctive taste. As a young soft ripened cheese, St. Albray resembles a rich and mellow Camembert, but with a less intense flavor. Within its mysterious aging process, St. Albray develops the hearty, robust flavor of a traditional washed-rind cheese. Its ivory center contrasts well with its colorful rind. Serve Saint Albray with a Pinot Noir or other red wine such as Chianti.

Rugby Recipes

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Inspired by the fact of my little brother's playing on a Sevens Rugby team at the international tournament this week, I looked up Gosling's of Bermuda's Dark & Stormy drink recipe, and discovered this book by rugby player, David Martin:


See some classic recipes in the book's google page, and you may wish to order the e-book for under five USD.

M-J's Brioche Recipe

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Visit M-J's ELEGANT BREAD page for her brioche-making pictorial and original recipe for this elegant Viennoiserie.

Pan-Roasted Pecans

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

It seems that everyone adores pecans, either prepared in pastries or raw. The following recipe transforms this popular American nut into a simple, savoury canapé. I have been making these elegant, crispy pecans to accompany drinks at festive gatherings for two decades.

M-J's Pan-Roasted Party Pecans

In a large pan, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add a half-teaspoon of seasoning salt. Pour into this mixture three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. If desired, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper to your taste. Mix. Into the pan, add your three or more cups of whole, raw pecans. Using a wooden spoon, stir these seasoned nuts frequently over a medium flame. Remove one, let it cool a minute, taste and adjust your seasonings accordingly. Continue to stir pecans, roasting them on both sides. When the pecans become a bit darker but are not burnt, they are ready to spread out on a large platter to cool. Once these savoury pecans are room-temperature, they will have assumed a crispy and non-greasy consistency. Serve immediately or store them in an attractive tin, where they will last approximately two weeks.

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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

Flavours of Mid-East and North Africa

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM


Elegant Green Smoothie

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Eggs Vienna

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

See ELEGANT BREAKFAST page for my Eggs Vienna recipe.

M-J's Daikon and Lettuce Salad

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

M-J's Macrobiotic Pasty

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

M-J's Macrobiotic Pasty

Diced Carrots, Onions, and Rutabagas (Swedes) are Dressed with Safflower Oil, Sea Salt and Ground Pepper,

  then Encased in Whole-Wheat Crust

M-J's Macrobiotic Apple Pie

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Macrobiotic Whole Wheat Crust Pie

M-J's Macrobiotic Pie, Ready to Bake--the Ingredients are as Follows: Filling: Raw Apples, Cinnamon and a Little Brown Rice Syrup; Crust: Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Rolled Oats (OPTIONAL), Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Cold Water or Green Tea[

Use more whole wheat flour than oats for the pie-crust. You must use more oil than water or tea, otherwise your crust will be hard.

Elegant Simplicity: M-J's Macrobiotic Apple Pie

Red Chile Oil Condiment

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Home-Grown Cayenne Peppers Blended with Sesame Oils: Sauce for Asian Dishes

Fresh Chile Peppers, Toasted Sesame OIl, Organic Sesame Oil and Sea Salt

Fuji Apple and Brown Rice Salad

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Chopped Fuji Apples, Shredded Lettuce and Room-Temperature Brown Rice,  Dressed with Organic Sesame Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

Baked Fruit, a Simple Dessert

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Baked Pears, Baked Apples Macrobiotic-Style

A simple recipe, inspired by macrobiotic cookbook author Aveline Kushi, for baked fruit desserts: cut the cores from apples and pears, fill the apples with cinnamon and brown rice syrup, and insert finely-chopped ginger root and brown rice syrup into the pears. Bake the fruits in a covered dish or pot for an hour or longer, at a medium-hot temperature. The fruits will be soft enough to eat with a fork or spoon and without removing the skins. I used a six-quart Le Creuset stockpot, with a thin layer of sesame oil to prevent sticking on the bottom, to bake these apples and pears.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Fried Tofu

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Marinated in Soy Sauce or Miso, Dusted with Soy Flour, then Fried in Safflower and Sesame OIls, This Tofu Makes an Hors d'Oeuvre or a Meal

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Taco Salad

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Lentil Sprout Sandwich

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Home-Grown Lentil Sprouts on GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread topped with Strained Yogurt

Elegant Pantry Update

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

 For an elegant kitchen cupboard or pantry arrangement, group similar food-storage containers together. Here, I have placed Luminarc "working" glasses with lids on the bottom shelf; gold-topped jars from Buen Día instant coffee on the middle shelf, and an assortment of Tone's spices, et cetera, on the high shelf.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012         Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival