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M-J’s Elegant Little Kitchen Island

Small Functional Kitchen-Copyright_M-J_de_Mesterton (1)A sturdy stainless steel cart with a custom-cut Melamine surface serves as a work-island in M-J’s tiny kitchen, and attached hooks hold her heavy French cast-iron pans. The smaller stainless steel cart has a butcher-block surface, together with two shelves that hold a basket of potatoes, a wooden Zeissen coffee-grinder, assorted porcelain platters and baking-dishes. ©M-J de Mesterton 2018

 

 

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Tiny, Highly-Functional Kitchen

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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 are used frequently, so there really is no wasted space.
Heavy French and Danish pans are hung on stainless steel carts with practical S-hooks from the hardware store, saving the home-cook lots of kneeling and heavy-lifting at low cabinets. Ladles, spatulas, can-openers and other essential kitchen tools are hung the same way for easy access.
Cookware-Cleaning Tip: stubborn stains on cookware, sinks and fixtures can be reduced or eliminated by scrubbing them with a paste made by combining cream of tartar and a little vinegar. This acidic mixture is often more effective than an abrasive chlorine-based cleanser.

@M-J de Mesterton, May 2017

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Making Croutons

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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 squares in and shook the thing with all my might to coat them well. With ambient heat from the oven while baking the croutons, a new loaf of bread was rising nearby. Sliced thinly, the croutons were ready after ten minutes in a 350° oven. Cooled croutons were poured into elegant jars to be used at table. And they won’t need to be stored for long; these croutons will quickly be poured out onto salads. @M-J de Mesterton

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M-J’s Shirataki-Miso Soup

Burdock Root or Gobo Slices, Broccoli, Adzuki Beans, Brown Rice and Shirataki Noodles in Miso Broth

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Burdock root, known in Japan as gobo, is one of the best blood-purifiers. It has diuretic properties that help expel toxic products from the blood through urine. This root-vegetable is employed in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema (dermatitis) and psoriasis. Burdock is a remedy for liver and gall bladder complaints. Effusion of burdock seeds has been used for throat and chest ailments. Burdock is an appetite-stimulant and is used  for enhancing digestion and relieving dyspepsia. Dried burdock root is reconstituted by pouring boiling water over the bits and letting them stand until softened. It may also be used as a tea, or incorporated into brown rice, where it will soften as the rice and burdock mixture cooks. I use either fresh or dried burdock in stir-fried vegetables or kinpira-style braised vegetables.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014
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M-J’s Sautéed Tofu

Extra-Firm Tofu is Marinated and Dusted with Soy Flour, before Being Sautéed in Safflower and Sesame Oils

Tofu was introduced in the United States by famous Japanese macrobiotic cook, author and painter Aveline Kushi.

Marinated in soy sauce or miso, dusted with soy flour, then fried in safflower and sesame oils, this tofu makes an elegant hors d’oeuvre or a health-promoting meal.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

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M-J’s Gyoza

Gyoza, the Famous Japanese Dumpling

Forming Gyoza: Brown Rice, Mashed Adzuki Beans, Miso and Vegetables are Encased in Thin Dough

Making Gyoza at Home: My Recent Recipe Includes Minced Spinach, Carrots, Brown Rice, Mashed Adzuki  Beans, Toasted Sesame Oil, Miso and Gomashio Wrapped in Round, Thin Bits of Dough. Fry them on one side, add a half-cup of water, and cook covered for ten minutes.

©M-J de Mesterton

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Elegant Luncheon Salad

Elegant Vegetable Salad in Green Herb Vinaigrette
M-J’s Luncheon salad contains finely chopped romaine lettuce, cucumber, avocados, celery and red bell peppers, dressed in green herb vinaigrette. The vinaigrette consists of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, parsley, cilantro, green peppercorns, honey and Himalayan salt which have been finely blended in an Osterizer.

©M-J de Mesterton, The Elegant Cook

M-J’s Elegant Salad Composition Consists of Home-Grown Tomatoes, Chopped Yellow Bell Peppers, Cucumber, and Romaine Lettuce
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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 or to-taste

Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Shape dough into balls and flatten them on an un-greased cookie sheet, and bake in moderately hot oven.

Watch cookies carefully; they will brown quickly on the bottom, so it may be necessary to move them to a higher oven rack during the last few minutes of baking.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012 Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

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Elegant, Nutritious Sweet Potatoes and Yams

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, which includes delightful preparation and serving suggestions. 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 red cabbage or  beets. The Okinawan people of Japan have for centuries relied upon yams as a central component of their diet, and attribute their traditional great longevity to the tasty tubers.

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. The red cabbage may be substituted with beets cut into match-stick shapes and cooked until just soft, then marinated in vinaigrette.
Recipe and Photo©M-J de Mesterton
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Elegant Cottage Cheese and Pineapple

 Crushed pineapple is an excellent complement to traditional cottage cheese.©M-J de Mesterton

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 Finally, there is a delicious cottage cheese that is available nation-wide: Simply Cottage Cheese by Kraft. ©M-J de Mesterton  Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

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Elegant Poultry Dish

 Pasta al Alfredo with chunks of poached chicken is a delicious dish. After Thanksgiving, turkey leftovers can be used in the same way. There are plenty of recipes on the web for Alfredo sauce; I use cream, butter, powdered skim milk, nutmeg and cheese. Shredded Parmesan tops this concoction, and blends well with poultry.  Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

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Elegant Taco Salad

Seasoned Ground Beef, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocadoes, Cheese, Tortillas, Sour Cream and Lettuce Make an Elegant Austerity Meal in One Bowl

Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, fried tortilla-sections, lettuce and sour cream,
arranged neatly in a bowl makes an elegant luncheon dish.

©M-J de Mesterton