Adoration of the Magi, Art, Art by M-J de Mesterton, elegant living on a shoestring

Christmas Present, Christmas Past

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Oil Paintings by M-J de Mesterton

My Christmas Cakes, 2010 and 2016–Always White with Royal Icingelegant_cook_christmas_cake_copyright_m-j_de_mesterton

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M-J’s Classic Christmas Cookies

I have been enjoying these festive shortbread biscuits since I was a child. 

One half-pound of butter

Two and a half cups of flour

One cup of powdered sugar

One tablespoon of milk (full-fat, of course)

One teaspoon of vanilla (imitation vanilla is just as good as the real thing)

One egg yolk mixed with two tablespoons of cream (to brush on top, as a base for sprinkles–adds nice flavour, believe it or not)
If you are going to use icing and a piping bag to decorate these Christmas cookies, skip this.

Method:

The ingredients, except for the egg yolk and cream, are mixed together and rolled out to a quarter (1/4) inch thickness. Then cookie-cutters are employed; the things are brushed with egg yolk/cream and sprinkled with coloured sugar. Sometimes I prefer to decorate the cookies with Swedish pärlsokker, or white pearl sugar. Transfer the cut-out cookies to an upside-down cookie-sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

©2007

M-J de Mesterton  

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christmas_pinkie_wye_valley_goodiesWye Valley Specialities for Christmastide from Our Dear Friend Peter King

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Ideals Christmas Magazine, 1947

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Adoration of the Magi, Christ Child Painting, Court Painter, Dominican Brother, Fray Juan Bautista Maino, Monk Painter, Museo del Prado, Paintings by Monks, Spanish Painter

Fray Juan Bautista Maino: Adoration of the Magi

Reprinted from 11 DECEMBER, 2007

M-J de Mesterton

Fray Juan Bautista Maino: Adoration of the Magi


This is a page from my old childhood book. Click on photo to enlarge image.

Fray Juan Bautista Maino was born in Toledo, Spain in 1569, and died in 1649.
He was a Dominican brother, was befriended by the Court Painter Diego Velásquez, and was a tutor to the Infant Philip, who became Philip IV of Spain.

This painting was originally part of an altar-piece, and is now hanging in El Museo del Prado, Madrid.

©M-J de Mesterton 2007
Adoration of the Magi, Christ Child Painting, Court Painter, Dominican Brother, Fray Juan Bautista Maino, Monk Painter, Museo del Prado, Paintings by Monks, Spanish Painter

Fray Juan Bautista Maino: Adoration of the Magi

Reprinted from 11 DECEMBER, 2007

M-J de Mesterton

Fray Juan Bautista Maino: Adoration of the Magi


This is a page from my old childhood book. Click on photo to enlarge image.

Fray Juan Bautista Maino was born in Toledo, Spain in 1569, and died in 1649.
He was a Dominican brother, was befriended by the Court Painter Diego Velásquez, and was a tutor to the Infant Philip, who became Philip IV of Spain.

This painting was originally part of an altar-piece, and is now hanging in El Museo del Prado, Madrid.

©M-J de Mesterton 2007