Tiny, Highly-Functional Kitchen

One doesn’t need lots of space to have an elegant, organized kitchen like the one pictured here. Things just need to co-exist in coherent fashion. Large, white appliances combined with lemon yellow, orange and lime green cookware can give a unified appearance; I call the effect “harmonious clutter”. All the many tools in this kitchen…

Making Croutons

A half-loaf of home-made sourdough bread was a couple days old, and tired of being stored in the fridge. I decided to make croutons with it for the week’s luncheon salads. I poured olive oil, spices, parsley and fresh rosemary into a Pop-It storage box (made with safe materials in Italy), then tossed the bread…

M-J’s Brioche

See Elegant Cook for M-J’s Original Brioche Recipe with Step-By-Step Photos I have been using silicone bakeware to make my Viennoiseries. It allows easy-release of baked items without pre-greasing, and I can even coat my brioche completely with beaten egg and it will brown all around, still coming out clean from the bakeware when done. ©M-J de Mesterton 2012

M-J’s Low-Carb Almond Cookies

M-J’s Almond Cookies are low in carbohydrates, and high in protein.  Mix together in a large bowl: Ground Almonds, 1 1/2 cups One tablespoon of flour Almond or Peanut Butter, three tablespoons Egg Whites, 2 Pomegranate Juice or water, 1/4 cup Ground Flax-Seed, 1/4 cup (optional) One tablespoon of coconut oil Splenda or Stevia, 1/2 cup…

Home-Made French Bread

The internet is full of recipes for pain Français. Choose the one that seems right for your kitchen, because people have varied results depending on many factors. There is a detailed tutorial at The Sour Dough blog, based upon the French bread recipe and method of Julia Child. Here is another instructive page, at the…

M-J’s Elegant Apple Tart

Autumn is almost here, and apple harvest-time is nigh. It’s a good time to start thinking about apple pie. M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie Recipe    If you wish to dry apples for future use, in case of an electrical outage, here is an easy, instructive page on the subject, at pick Your Own. I do not…

NEW from M-J: The Elegant Survivalist

My new site may be found here: ELEGANT SURVIVALIST–please visit it for regular updates on elegant dressing, elegant living, elegant cuisine, elegant gardening, elegant culture, basic survival tips and all things elegant.  Thank you! M-J de Mesterton, Author of Elegant Survival

Apple Tart, Pie and Antique Noritake

M-J’s Recipe for Elegant Apple Pie Appears on The Elegant Cook M-J’s Original Almond-Lemon Flavoured Faerie Cakes Below: Hosting a Tea Party; Formal Tea; the True Definition of “High Tea” is “Workingman’s Supper”