Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Make lemon meringue pie in a tart pan for an elegant, stylish crust. The golden crust is achieved with butter and tinted coconut oil.
©M-J de Mesterton, The Elegant Cook 2014


Elegant Lanyards by Alexander


Elegant Multi-Purpose Lanyards Made by Alexander Outdoors

The best, most elegant lanyards are made by Alexander in Sportsman’s Paradise, Louisiana. Alexander’s Outdoors offers a wide variety of lanyard styles and many categories of survival tools as well. Read about the lanyards and their many uses on his website. I use them on key-chains and leather bags, while my husband uses these elegant lanyards for easy deployment of rescue-tools and as zipper-pulls on  his Barbour wax jackets. The material colours  and combinations thereof are seemingly endless. Alexander’s prices are perfect for Elegant Survival: Stylish Living on a Shoestring.

©M-J de Mesterton

Hand-Washing Shirts

Safe, Quick and Inexpensive Hand-Washing of Shirts and Blouses: the Alternative to Dry-Cleaning
Fine shirts are cared-for properly with hand-washing and line-drying.

Elegant, Nutritious Radishes

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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 water if necessary for processing.
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Some Easy-to-Store Kitchen Essentials and Survival Foods

Ingredients for a Well-Stocked Pantry
Elegant Survival Kitchen Essentials

  • Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate or Bottled Apple Juice
  • Cornstarch
  • Unbleached White Flour
  • Rye Flour
  • Yeast
  • Gelatine
  • Almond Extract
  • Vanilla, Imitation or Pure Extract
  • Rum Extract or Flavoring
  • Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Peppercorns
  • Dried Red Chiles
  • Dehydrated Mixed Vegetables
  • Brown Rice
  • White or Basmati Rice
  • Corn Meal or Grits
  • Dried Pasta
  • Alfalfa Seeds
  • Wheat Berries
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Chives
  • Dehydrated Onion
  • Dehydrated Garlic or Garlic Powder
  • Soy Sauce
  • Powdered Ginger
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Tahini Paste, Joyva brand of Brooklyn is best
  • Almond Butter
  • Popcorn, loose: Jolly Time Organic is better than Orville Redenbacher, at one-third the cost
  • Peanut or Corn Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Mustard Powder, Colman’s English
  • Spanish or Hungarian Paprika
  • Capers
  • Green Peppercorns in Brine
  • Rose’s Lime Juice
  • Maggi or another brand of Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • Canned Tomato Paste: store brand
  • Canned Whole Tomatoes: store brand
  • Canned Beets: store brand or generic
  • Canned Small, Peeled Potatoes: store brand or generic
  • Canned Green Chiles, whole or chopped
  • Coconut Milk, Canned
  • Whole Water Chestnuts, Canned
  • Canned Ham
  • Canned Vienna Sausage
  • Canned Beef (usually from Argentina)
  • Canned Pineapple, No Sugar Added
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Vinegar
  • Boxed Red Wine, and a Cube of White Wine, both for Cooking
  • Frozen Peas
  • Dried Split Peas, Green or Yellow
  • Freeze-Dried Coffee
  • Coffee Creamer (not Coffee-Mate, which contains aluminum–check ingredients)
  • Coffee Beans
  • Tea Bags
  • Non-Fat Dry Milk
  • Powdered Buttermilk
  • Powdered Eggs for Emergencies
  • Bottled Lemon Juice
  • Herbes de Provence (a combination of marjoram, thyme, rosemary and savory, available at Costco)

To Be Continued….

Compiled by M-J de Mesterton, 2008

Another One of Lehman’s Non-Electric Tools: the Foodmill

Non-Electric Survival Tools from Lehman's: the Foodmill
Non-Electric Survival Tools from Lehman’s: the Foodmill