Home-Grown Radishes

The Elegant Radish, Edible in its Entirety
The Elegant, Entirely Edible Radish, an Easy-to-Grow Vegetable

I grew these radishes using only home-made, all-vegetal compost for fertiliser.

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Salad with Radish Greens, Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Three ounces of radish greens contain on average 200mg (20% RDA) of calcium. They also provide 13% of the human RDA (recommended daily allotment) of iron, and  vitamins A (280% RDA) and C (173% RDA). All vegetable-greens are high in vitamin K. magnesium and other beneficial minerals.

This elegant salad is composed of radish greens, cucumbers, and home-roasted almonds. My dressing is a vinaigrette made with white wine vinegar, olive oil, dry mustard, salt, and a few drops of honey.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Radishes with Soft Butter, a Traditional Component of Breakfast in France: the Elegant Radish is a Liver-Tonic

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The Beautiful, Beneficial Beet

This home-garden-grown baby beetroot was washed, steamed for five minutes, then dressed with olive oil and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. The root, bulb and leaves were consumed by your faithful editor. Grown in soil with only kitchen compost as a fertiliser, and no pesticides, this exquisite, nutritious beet was part of a health-promoting luncheon. Here is an article in the Wellness Times about the many health-benefits of beets, by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO. Dr Schor recommends drinking beet juice as well as eating the richly-coloured, elegant vegetables.

©M-J de Mesterton

Old-Fashioned Stuffed Celery

For an uncomplicated appetiser, fill celery with a mixture of cream cheese, mayonnaise, chopped olives and perhaps some minced hot peppers. ©M-Jeanne de Mesterton
Elegant Stuffed Celery

To freshly washed celery segments, add a mixture of cream cheese, mayonnaise, and chopped olives. Here, I have added some minced serrano peppers. ©Jeanne “M-J” de Mesterton 2012

Merguez avec Brioche
M-J's Home-Made Brioche with Sausage

Why bother making your own sausage? Because you can choose the sort of casings and ingredients, ensuring that you won’t be ingesting something that makes you cringe. For example, I think the beef-collagen casings sound more appetising (if there is such a thing where sausage casings are concerned) than “natural” ones. Here is a SAUSAGE-LINK. The SausageMaker.com has everything one needs to make sausage at home, except the meat.

I received an email notice from Chefs.com this morning, which contained a plug for the Kitchenaid Mixer’s Breakfast Kit. It includes a sausage-making attachment, a juicing tool, and something to help one make salsa. I am intrigued by this, and it is now on my wish-list. If I ever acquire the breakfast tool kit, I shall review it here at Elegant Survival News.

©M-J de Mesterton

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Elegant Blonde Willow Blend

Starbucks’ Blonde Willow Coffee: Do Not Confuse Light Roast with Weak Cup!
Fresh-tasting and robust, Starbucks’ new Blonde Roast is coffee the way it tasted in the United States and Scandinavia before the dark-roast craze made everyone forget…. Yes, there is a good, old-fashioned coffee available in the ubiquitous Starbucks cafés, and you can take home a bag of the ground beans and brew it to your desired strength. My Scandinavian mother-in-law brought me this bag of Starbucks Blonde Willow Blend ground coffee lately, and as I made it for dessert in our French press, we passed it round the table so that we could breathe-in its lovely aroma. Usually, coffee smells better than it tastes, but not in this case–Starbucks’ new offering, which I brewed using two tablespoons per cup because we Scandinavians prefer it strongly-brewed–tastes delightful (many who patronise Starbucks confuse strongly-brewed with darkly-roasted, and they are two vastly different things).
©Jeanne “M-J” de Mesterton

Salad Served in Stunning Style

SIMPLE SALAD in an ELEGANT BOWL
Elegant Salad
A simple salad is served in an elegant antique Noritake bowl.
Photo ©Copyright Jeanne “M-J” de Mesterton

Beneficial Salad Tastes Better in a Beautiful Bowl

Napa cabbage, orange peppers, cayenne pepper and feta cheese are served in an antique Noritake bowl made by Baron Morimura in Japan in the early 20th century. Napa cabbage has a finer leaf than regular cabbage, but I think it needs to be softened considerably by marinating for several hours in vinegar and oil. The marinating process can be accelerated by setting your bowl of thinly-sliced Napa cabbage and marinade in a microwave oven at the defrost-setting for three minutes or slightly longer. I used white wine vinegar and olive oil for this health-promoting salad.  To this bowl of simple cabbage, I added diced sweet mini-peppers, bits of home-grown cayenne pepper, and feta cheese. There you have a cruciferous, low-calorie vegetable, a heart-healthy combination of peppers that contain vitamin C, olive oil that is good for your blood, vinegar that adjusts your body’s acidity, and a little protein from the cheese.

Serving something-not-so-special in a sumptuous style makes healthy eating less boring, don’t you think?

©Jeanne “M-J” de Mesterton

Strawberries and Cream

Simply Elegant: Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Everybody loves strawberries with whipped cream, a classic dessert.  Whip fresh cream with powdered confectioners’ sugar according to your taste, or with your choice of alternate sweetener. I used a pastry-bag to pipe the cream in the photo, but you may also put it into a plastic zip-bag with a corner snipped off to squeeze out the wonderful stuff. This gorgeous red-and-white combination may be served alone or set atop a piece of poundcake, or the American favourite, shortcake. Another variation is to drench the fresh strawberries in a reduction of sweetened pomegranate juice for more colour and flavour. Of course, you could serve your strawberries and cream as my Cornish grandfather preferred– just use cream straight from the bottle, pour it over your fresh strawberries, and sprinkle it all with a bit of sugar.

©M-J de Mesterton

M-J’s Low-Carb Faerie Cakes

M-J's Original Almond-Lemon Flavoured Faerie Cakes, an Elegant Low-Carb Dessert or Tea Offering

M-J’s Low-Carb Faerie Cakes

3 egg whites, beaten until stiff
1/2 cup of ground plain almonds
Two tablespoons of white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
One teaspoon of lemon juice
One half-teaspoon of very fine lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup of cream
1/2cup of plain or vanilla  almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
6 tablespoons of sucralose or Splenda

Combine all ingredients except the egg-whites in a mixing bowl and beat together until relatively smooth (almonds will be visible in tiny particles). Fold in beaten egg-whites. Ladle this batter into mini-muffin cups that have been greased with butter. Bake until golden brown in a medium-hot oven, 180°C, (350°F), gas-mark 4 for approximately fifteen minutes. Frosting is optional: I use cream cheese sweetened with vanilla and Splenda.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Broccoli with M-J’s Swiss Cheese Sauce

Elegant, Nutritious Broccoli Covered with Swiss Raclet-Style Cheese Sauce
Broccoli with M-J's Swiss Cheese Sauce, Ready to Bake until Golden Brown

Make a roux with flour and butter, Brown it slightly, then add milk or cream very swiftly while whisking it in the saucepan. Add Swiss cheese, and a little water to help blend the mixture. Incorporate Dijon mustard to taste. Salt and white or green pepper may be added if you need more flavour. Drizzle this cheese sauce over par-boiled broccoli which has been placed in a buttered baking dish. Bake in a medium-hot oven until the sauce is lightly golden.

©M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Swiss Cheese Sauce on Par-Boiled Broccoli

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Breads from Julian Bakery

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Winter Health Smoothie

Vegetables Blended for a Health-Promoting Smoothie

An Elegant, Nutritious Drink for Winter Health: M-J’s Vegetable Smoothie
Buttermilk, lemon juice, raw broccoli, celery, jalapeño pepper, and cucumber blended together make an excellent breakfast tonic.
©M-J de Mesterton

Making Pasta for Lasagne

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Egg-based “fresh pasta” is hung to dry on the handle of my stainless-steel kitchen cart, after being rolled and cut by hand. It will be boiled and set into a rectangular pan on top of a layer of meat sauce, covered with a ricotta-cheese mixture, which will then be covered with more of this pasta, on top of which will go some more meat sauce, pasta and béchamel (balsamella) sauce.

Here is the assemblage of lasagne and fillings, ready to bake:

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

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