Christmas Movie Recommendations

ELEGANT SURVIVAL CHRISTMAS MOVIES Some Recommendations:   Beautiful Christmas imagery and a touching, amusing story make Fred Claus a magical, hilarious and romantic family film. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote is a delightful time-capsule about the human condition, starring Patty Duke, Piper Laurie and Jeffrey de Munn. Music of the Heart is based upon…

The Elegant Survival Choice for Facial Blotters

End-Papers as Effective, Inexpensive Facial Blotters Pack these papers in a purse or pocket for instant summer facial blotting–regular old end-papers from a beauty supply store cost only a dollar for one thousand, whereas the facial blotting papers we bought at Shiseido several years ago cost over ten dollars for a packet of one hundred….

Elegant Tahini Sauce

M-J’s Simple Recipe for Elegant Tahini Sauce Sesame paste mixed with lemon juice, water, salt and the merest hint of garlic powder makes an elegant tahini dip or sauce for mezedes, or pre-prandial appetisers. Use this elegant and simple tahini sauce as a dip for flat-breads, steamed cauliflower, celery, other fresh vegetables, and fried potatoes….

Live the Elegant “Pouch” Lifestyle…

…with beautiful pouches in various materials. Organize and protect your silver, jewels, brushes and watches; make sachets; present little party-favours in pretty little fabric bags. Go “green” with canvas or burlap pouches, or go for the glitz and glamour of organza. Use fabric pouches to store your lingerie for travel. There are so many potential…

M-J’s Blueberry-Fruit Smoothie Revisited

M-J’s 2009 Article on Health-Enhancing Blueberries Ginger, Chilean black grapes, plain yoghurt, bananas, apples, oranges, frozen blueberries, strawberries and a bit of honey are blended in an Osterizer for a health-enhancing morning drink. ~~M-J de Mesterton, 2009

M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or serrano pepper (roasted, pickled or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt or one half-cup of buttermilk, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add…

Elegant Party “Champagne”: Cristalino Brut from Spain

Cristalino Brut from Spain: Inexpensive Substitute for French Champagne Available at Cost Plus World Market “Bright green-gold color and aromas of apple, spices, flowers and nuts. Crisp, bright and dry with medium-full body. Intense ginger and apple flavors with nutty and floral nuances. Clean, lemony finish that is quite dry. A pleasure with chicken salad,…

M-J de Mesterton Makes Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties by M-J de Mesterton, Photo Copyright Elegant Survival 2009 M-J de Mesterton Makes Cornish Pasties Cornish Pasty Made by M-J de Mesterton, Photo Copyright Elegant Survival 2009 I’ve been making Cornish pasties since the age of 20. My mother wrote a book about the pasty and its history which was published in 1990,…

M-J de Mesterton Makes Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties by M-J de Mesterton, Photo Copyright Elegant Survival 2009 M-J de Mesterton Makes Cornish Pasties Cornish Pasty Made by M-J de Mesterton, Photo Copyright Elegant Survival 2009 I’ve been making Cornish pasties since the age of 20. My mother wrote a book about the pasty and its history which was published in 1990,…

M-J de Mesterton Makes Cornish Pasties

I’ve been making Cornish pasties since the age of 20. My mother wrote a book about the pasty and its history which was published in 1990, but my method and ingredients differ from hers. The following is  my pasty (pronounced “pass-tee”) recipe:I will not formally transcribe my recipe and method for making pasties, because  I…

Delicious, Economical British Classics Presented by Elaine Lemm

Here are three classic British recipes presented in video form by Elaine Lemm on about.com: the Cornish Pasty (a favourite in my family for four generations, which I made for English-Speaking Union parties at my house many times); Bakewell Tart (invented in Bakewell, England), an elegant dessert, the taste of which  reminds me of Danish…

Cheddar Cheese Stands Alone at Elegant Survival

My two favourite cheeses are Cheddar (named after the town in England) and Parmesan (named after Parma, Italy). Of course, I am fond of other cheeses from around the world, such as Swedish Farmer’s Cheese, Danish Havarti, Kashkeval, feta, halloumi and brie, but these two cheeses seem to have many more applications. One of the…

The Elegant Survival Source for Gloves

I’ve advocated the wearing of gloves on Elegant Survival since its beginning in 2006 (see “The Merits of Wearing Gloves”, my old article). My husband and I have worn gloves for decades, whether or not they were in fashion. Now, there are even more reasons to wear them, with the proliferation of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus…