The Important Medicinal Benefits of Camphor Oil, a Traditional Survival Essential

Excerpt from the Article on Camphor Essential Oil, by Meenakshi Nagdeve in the Publication, OrganicFacts.net
“The health benefits of camphor essential oil include its properties as a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative, and nervous pacifier. It also acts as an anti-neuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and an insecticide.”

Ingest or apply (to skin) essential oils such as camphor, peppermint and tea-tree in tiny quantities. Use a pipette or eye-dropper to dispense it, and dilute with coconut oil to a tolerable strength. For more information, visit the following page:
https://www.organicfacts.net/ingesting-essential-oil.html

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Cleaning the Sink and Food-Waste Disposer

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Bon Ami, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, a bottle brush, Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover Spray, Comet Cleanser, Lysol, et cetera will be helpful for scrubbing the inside of your sink and its food-waste disposer (garbage disposal of “In-Sink-Erator” brand) interior. I have cut and removed the rubber flaps that covered the hole because they were prone to growing blackish mould on their undersides. I cover the aperture with a stainless-steel drain-basket instead when grinding food-waste.  After scrubbing the hole with a bottle brush, that brush gets thoroughly cleaned and run through  the dishwasher. ©M-J de Mesterton

M-J’s Elegant “Egg Salad” with Chopped Vegetables and Leafy Greens

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Spinach, kale, rocket (arugula or watercress), purple onion, celery and chard were finely diced and dressed with classic vinaigrette. Two boiled eggs at a deep yellow stage of cooking (not quite hard-boiled) were cut into sections and distributed on top of the chopped vegetables, which had already been tossed with vinaigrette. For visually-appealing boiled eggs, I use the method favoured by chef Jacques Pepin: with a push-pin, poke a hole in the wider end of a raw egg in its shell before lowering it into a pot of water. I simmer the egg for eight minutes, then bathe it in ice-water. The pinhole in the egg will prevent the buildup of sulfur inside the egg and thus keep the yolk from turning green, and resting the boiled egg in cold water makes it much easier to peel. This chopped power-greens salad with two eggs is very nutritious; it can of course be made without the red onion, and naturally welcomes additional ingredients such as bacon or shredded cheese.
©M-J de Mesterton 2019

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A small space loaded with cookware benefits visually from a colour-concept. I have collected my French pans and pots in citrus hues to create a sense of enhanced order. It’s not that other colours need not apply; they do exist here in tiny quantities. Black and white (non-colours that they are) serve as both backdrop and complement to the orange, lemon yellow and lime green. ©M-J de Mesterton 2019

Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

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Photo: A basic Spanish tortilla is usually made with eggs, potato and onion. Here is a version of this traditional dish that I made yesterday for my husband’s main meal.  Four eggs; one pan-fried, diced potato; shredded Parmesan cheese; bits of brie and small, whole tomatoes were used to make this individual serving.

Beaten eggs are added to a diced, sautéed potato in a cast-iron pan; cheese and roasted small tomatoes are added, then after cooking for one or two minutes to firm-up the bottom, the whole pan goes under a broiler until the eggs are puffed and lightly browned on top.

Below: Grape-sized tomatoes are roasted in an oiled cast-iron pan, first on the stove and then for a few minutes in the oven under a broiling-flame. This process allows tomatoes to become concentrated in flavour, while making them easier to eat when incorporated into an egg dish. ~ Copyright 2018 ©M-J de MestertonRoasting_Tomatoes_in_Cast_Iron_Pan_Copyright_M-J_de_Mesterton.JPG

Spanish Baked Omelette with Potatoes and Cheese

Elegant Basket of Tea Towels

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Christmas Present Idea: a Silver-Plated, Large Basket for the Kitchen Counter or Hanging on a Cook’s Cart~Perfect for Tea Towels, Fruit, or Casual Flower-Arrangements

Elegant, Re-Purposed Olive Oil Bottles

Large address labels and felt pens were used by me to make the contents of these elegant olive oil bottles easily identifiable. The original labels (as on the new bottle at left) of two empty containers were soaked-off in a sink half-full of very hot water.  This trio of full bottles sits on the counter, ready for use on salads, cooking (a few drops of olive oil may be all you need to fry an egg) , drinking (add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to your water-glass in the morning and/or evening for enhanced health) and spot-cleaning (wipe-down windows, appliances and counters with a few drops of white vinegar). These particular vessels came with optional spouts, which make dispensing small amounts of liquid quick and easy.

A red pepper bottle from which the label has easily been soaked-off is pretty enough to leave on the table with your favourite salt-shaker. To me, the ubiquitous bar-code on labels is an awful thing to see, therefore, in spite of this particular spice bottle label being tasteful and attractive, the entire thing had to go.  ©M-J de Mesterton, November 2018