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Elegant Baked Fruit

Baked Pears, Baked Apples Macrobiotic-Style

A simple recipe, inspired by macrobiotic cookbook author Aveline Kushi, for baked fruit desserts: cut the cores from apples and pears, fill the apples with cinnamon and brown rice syrup, and insert finely-chopped ginger root and brown rice syrup into the pears. Bake the fruits in a covered dish or pot for an hour or longer, at a medium-hot temperature. The fruits will be soft enough to eat with a fork or spoon and without removing the skins. I used a six-quart Le Creuset stockpot, with a thin layer of sesame oil to prevent sticking on the bottom, to bake these apples and pears.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Survival Diet Dish: Buckwheat Pancakes

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A Strengthening, Easy-to-Store Grain: Buckwheat

Brown Rice Syrup, the Perfect Thing with Organic Buckwheat Pancakes, and Macrobiotically Correct
Brown Rice Syrup: You Will Be Surprised at Its Taste, and Pleased with Its Minimal Effect upon Blood-Sugar

Elegant Soba Noodles with Carrots

Soba noodles from Japan were boiled for eight minutes, then drained in a colander and rinsed with cold water. I then mixed them with a sauce that I made with sesame paste, dark sesame oil, a few drops of apple cider vinegar, shoyu (soy) sauce, and a little brown rice syrup. The soba noodles in sesame sauce are garnished with carrots that were cut thinly on the diagonal, then chopped finely and sautéed in sesame oil until crispy. Soba are whole-grain buckwheat noodles that are often part of the timeless macrobiotic way of eating and living, which originated in Japan. “Macrobiotic”, constructed from ancient Greek words meaning “great” (makros) and “life” (bios), means just that: GREAT LIFE.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Carrots, Celery and Onions


These simple vegetables accompany brown rice for a sumptuous, health-promoting luncheon dish.The best oils to use for cooking in a macrobiotic regimen are safflower, refined (not  toasted) sesame (by Spectrum) and sunflower oils. Organic, short-grain brown rice is easy to store as a dietary staple. It may be time to concentrate your survival food-storage efforts on things like this that do not require refrigeration. You can use a small barbecue grill to boil rice and sauté vegetables, so keeping a high supply of charcoal briquets is a good idea.©M-J de Mesterton