2016: I hadn’t gone shopping in a while, so when I came upon these grapes and jalapeño peppers at Albertson’s a month ago, they seemed normal at first. At home, they looked larger than life all of a sudden, like the Grapes that Took Over the World, and Jalapeños as Big as Texas. They may be genetically-modified (in fact, I’d put money on it). Yeah, them grapes were slightly smaller than golf-balls, and twenty years ago women would have been runnin’ scared at the sight of ’em. Those peppers ain’t just big, they are hotter than Hades. Talk about getting more bang for your buck–for all I know, the whole lot is deadly poison. Sure as shootin’, I am not going back to that store for more. The chicken breasts we bought there were just enormous, probably from a fowl critter named Dolly (in honor of the lamb created in a lab, not the huge-breasted singer, Ms Parton).
After poaching and frying those pieces of chicken, having spent more than an hour in the process, we were stunned at the foam-rubber texture of the alien meat. The animals had to have been pumped full of SOMETHING unnatural to make their breasts as large as those of turkeys and render their flesh absolutely inedible. My husband, who had innocently ordered the stuff at Albertson’s butcher counter, brought all the chicken back for a full refund. Don’t let grocery stores ruin your meals–make sure the chicken you purchase is of normal size. Good thing we did not unwittingly serve this faux fowl to guests. That would have been ruinous!~~M-J
And now, the eternal question: which came first, the funky chicken enhanced by hormones, or the FREAK EGG?
M-J’s Recipe for Elegant Apple Pie Appears on The Elegant Cook
Below: Hosting a Tea Party; Formal Tea; the True Definition of “High Tea” is “Workingman’s Supper”
“Green tea is known to contain antiviral components that prevent influenza infection,” wrote Hiroshi Yamada, MD, PhD, of the University of Shizuoka, Japan.Yamada and his colleagues analyzed questionnaires from 2,050 students, ages six to 13 years, in elementary schools in Kikugawa City. The questionnaires included information about their consumption of green tea.
An elegant, nutritious drink for winter health: M-J’s Vegetable SmoothieButtermilk, lemon juice, raw broccoli, celery, jalapeño pepper, and cucumber blended together make an excellent breakfast tonic.©M-J de Mesterton
|Broccoli, Celery, Jalapeño, Parsley and Lemon are Blended with Buttermilk or Yoghurt to Make this Elegant Smoothie
This elegant smoothie has properties that help to prevent colds, flu, water-retention and cancer.©M-J de Mesterton
Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Broccoli, Jalapeño Pepper, Yoghurt, and Lemon are Blended to Make a Delicious, Elegant Winter-Health Smoothie
ELEGANT SURVIVAL CHRISTMAS MOVIES
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 true story of a violin teacher in Harlem. Starring Meryl Streep, it is one of those New York movies that realistically portrays the plight of talented people living there, and ends with a stunning, triumphant scene. The extremely talented Meryl Streep learned to play violin for her part in Music of the Heart.
Elegant Swedish Meatballs and Potatoes
©M-J de Mesterton 2011
Serve Swedish meatballs with new potatoes and perhaps a little lingonberry or cranberry sauce on the side.
This Danish baking-dish has the traditional cream gravy at its bottom, topped with the meatballs (this type of meatball recipe is found in Swedish, Danish and Finnish cookbooks).
Very small new potatoes are usually just boiled in salted water, and not cut into pieces.
These Yukon Gold new potatoes have been cut and boiled, then sautéed in butter and smashed lightly.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011
|Cornish Pasties: a Centuries-Old Austerity Food, Still Popular Today
See M-J’s method in The Elegant Cook
M-J’s Macrobiotic Pasty
Diced Carrots, Onions, and Rutabagas (Swedes) and Cooked Adzuki Beans are Dressed with Safflower Oil, Sea Salt and Ground Pepper,
then Encased in Whole-Wheat Crust