Burgundy-Style Wine in a Box


Elegant, Inexpensive Burgundy in a Box, by Almaden Vineyards

Wine isn’t used just for drinking in France; it is used in cookery, including the famous braised-beef dish boeuf bourguignon. Marinating and cooking meat  in Burgundy wine makes it very tender, with a robust flavour.
In the U.S., you may wish to keep a five-litre box of Almaden Mountain Burgundy (available at Sam’s and elsewhere for between 12 and 15 USD) in the kitchen for cooking. This way, a whole bottle of Burgundy, which can be expensive, doesn’t need to be opened when you just wish to add a half-cup of it to your dish. The wine is protected in an air-free vessel  inside the box, and is always at-hand for occasional use in cookery. Wine on-tap on top of the refrigerator is a great boon to any creative home-cook. 
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

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The Winter of Deshabille–New York Fashion WEAK

Fashion-Week Attendees: Cries for Help

Photos from the New York Post: “Best Dressed at Fashion Week”

How can you even consider them DRESSED? Women who wear sandals in snow, sleeveless dresses and hot-pants in winter, bare legs and bulging veins, shoes without stockings; men whose trousers puddle at their shoes–how sick are they, really? I would hate to see the “worst-dressed”!!!!

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Parisien Benjamin Patou: Interview

Benjamin Patou, Interviewed by Margaret KempExcerpt:Creator of Moma Group, Benjamin Patou, great-nephew of couturier Jean Patou was born in Neuilly where he lives to-day. Dubbed “le roi de la nuit parisienne” Patou began his brilliant career as a DJ and has since acquired several top Paris hot-spots. His dream is to buy into Jean Patou and restore it to its former glory.

READ the FULL INTERVIEW atBonjour Paris
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Green Tea Fights Flu

ARTICLE by The NUTRITION REPORTER, JACK CHALLEM

“Green tea is known to contain antiviral components that prevent influenza infection,” wrote Hiroshi Yamada, MD, PhD, of the University of Shizuoka, Japan.
Yamada and his colleagues analyzed questionnaires from 2,050 students, ages six to 13 years, in elementary schools in Kikugawa City. The questionnaires included information about their consumption of green tea.

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Green Tea Fights Flu

Article by the Nutrition Reporter, Jack Challam: Green Tea Reduces Children’s Risk of Contracting Flu

Excerpt:

“Green tea is known to contain antiviral components that prevent influenza infection,” wrote Hiroshi Yamada, MD, PhD, of the University of Shizuoka, Japan.

Yamada and his colleagues analyzed questionnaires from 2,050 students, ages six to 13 years, in elementary schools in Kikugawa City. The questionnaires included information about their consumption of green tea.

 

 

Winter Cold Remedies

Hot Chiles, Onions and Ginger are Known to Help Relieve Colds


Gargle with Himalayan Salt and Warm Water 
(Oil Painting of Himalayan Salt Crystals by M-J de Mesterton, ©2007)
Carrots, Onions, Ginger and Peppers Sautéed and Served with Rice: a Cold-Fighting Luncheon Dish
I once cured my husband, who has been malarial since his operations in Africa, of a devastating cold/cough/fever/flu. I fed him sliced ginger in honey a few times a day, cayenne capsules, various herbal tisanes, aspirin and Theraflu. Whenever we get a hint of a tickle in our throats, or wake up with a full-fledged sore throat, we gargle with salt, take Zicam, Airborne in a glass of water,  and eat a lot of ginger. Neither of us has had a cold since that aforementioned worrisome time. A trip to the doctor will do no good for the common cold. We would never dream of plugging up the already-jammed waiting rooms for such a malady, and antibiotics do nothing for viruses. Even Tamiflu only shortens the duration of influenza by a day or so. Here is a well-known trick to ward off a nascent cold: put hydrogen peroxide in the ears. If one is not averse to sugar, keeping a jar full of candied ginger is a good idea. That way, you can pop a piece whenever you feel a bit down. A better way to ingest ginger is to slice it fresh and mix it with honey, another a germ-killer. Is ginger a panacea? No, but it certainly enhances general health, as do hot peppers, because they create an environment in which viruses seldom thrive. Raw garlic works, you say? It may make you well, but it will make your friends sick. Remember to have salt, honey, ginger, hydrogen peroxide and red pepper in the pantry during this winter to stuff a cold or influenza infection in its beginning stages, so that you can get well sooner.
©M-J de Mesterton, 2006–2013

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“The Salt of the Earth”
Pictured: M-J’s Painting of Himalayan Salt

Elegant Survival News

Himalayan Salt Painting by M-J de Mesterton ©2007;
It has been determined that gargling with salt-water reduces one’s risk of acquiring colds and flu by 40%.
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in six ounces of warm water and gargle a couple of times per day after a sore throat begins, or when you believe you have been exposed to rhinovirus and/or influenza. Gargling with salt will soothe a sore throat by drawing-out moisture, thereby taking down swelling. ~M-J de Mesterton
Salt and Health 
(from The Salt Institute–edited by M-J for clarity)

Salt is essential not only to life, but to good health. It’s always been that way. Human blood contains 0.9% salt (sodium chloride) — the same concentration as found in United States Pharmacopaeia (USP) sodium chloride irrigant commonly used to cleanse wounds. Salt maintains the electrolyte balance inside…

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M-J’s Scandinavian Style Cinnamon Toast

M-J’s Scandinavian Style Cinnamon Toast

 

I soak some day-old home-made bread in milk, cream, a dash of salt, cinnamon and sweetener for a half-minute, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then bake it on a buttered baking sheet in a low oven (250*) until lightly browned and dry. Let it sit overnight in the oven for a real crunch. Optionally, you can remove the toast after baking it for an hour, and re-coat it in the milk, cream and cinnamon batter, sprinkle it again with cinnamon and sugar, then bake again for as long as you believe necessary. This toast is usually dunked into coffee, as it is meant to be very crunchy.

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

 

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