M-J’s Cupcakes Filled with Swiss Meringue

Create hollow areas within cupcakes with a demitasse spoon or a paring knife. The resultant cake bits can be saved in a bowl and eaten later. Your cupcakes will be filled with a light, fluffy icing that is essentially a very sweet meringue that is stabilised by being heated while whipped. Here is my recipe:…

Elegant, Refreshing Daikon Salad

Daikon is a health-promoting Japanese white radish. I create shreds of daikon with a sharp Victorinox peeler, then place them on a bed of finely-shredded lettuce, sometimes with a few fine pieces of red onion for even more nutrients and additional piquancy. Ideally, this refreshing salad is dressed with mirin or a vinaigrette. It makes…

Elegant Avocado Salad

Using a tool for creating Swedish meatballs (similar to a melon-baller), I was able to make pieces of avocado more appealing than usual in a salad. I doused the avocado balls in lemon juice to prevent them losing their fresh green colour. Elegant salad design dictates that dressing is added only to the  lettuce component,…

Cooking with Ginger Helps Fight Cancer

Microsoft, bless their collective heart, took the liberty of cramming my uploaded photos of today into a “video”. So, I’m testing their somewhat bizarre product at YouTube, where I’ve had an inactive channel for a couple of months, waiting for content. Might as well get started…. What’s with the photos I took yesterday? First, one of…

Helpful, Healing Herbs

Herbal Remedies, Courtesy of “The Health Ranger” Mike Adams, Editor and Founder of Natural News

Deep-Fried Gyoza

M-J’s Health-Promoting Gyoza, Fried in Coconut Oil  Gyoza skins are filled with health-promoting vegetables, roots and legumes: carrots, celery, red onion, raw ginger root, gobo or burdock root, raw turmeric bulb, and cooked mung beans; all of  these ingredients have been chopped together in a food processor. After being filled and crimped, gyoza are then…

Home-Grown Organic Turmeric

Harvested in late autumn, cleaned and frozen, this home-grown  turmeric bulb is chopped and incorporated into a mixture of sautéed vegetables, or simply whirled raw into a blended smoothie~~©M-J de Mesterton. Pronounced “TERmeric” not “toomEric,” this spice is used in India and Japan for health and longevity. Turmeric can be used in cooking, or ingested…

M-J’s Elegant Little Kitchen Island

A sturdy stainless steel cart with a custom-cut Melamine surface serves as a work-island in M-J’s tiny kitchen, and attached hooks hold her heavy French cast-iron pans. The smaller stainless steel cart has a butcher-block surface, together with two shelves that hold a basket of potatoes, a wooden Zeissen coffee-grinder, assorted porcelain platters and baking-dishes….

California Cuisine: Cooking with the Grape

  Painting of Grapes by M-J de Mesterton Hangs at the Tiny Bar of Her California Kitchen Below: M-J’s Meat Sauce with Red and White California Wines Cooks Eight Hours in a Crock Pot, with Bottles Nearby for Adding More at Random Intervals For a casual supper at my beach house, I once made meat…

Elegant Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Elegant Cook Brioche dough was baked in a small springform pan, then sliced for elegant grilled sandwiches called croques monsieurs. ©M-J de Mesterton