M-J’s Elegant Pantry Update, August 2018

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Groups of identical or similar containers make this busy cook’s pantry/kitchen cupboard look less cluttered.~©M-J de MestertonElegant_Pantry_by_M-J_de_Mesterton

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Making Pita Bread at Home

M-J de Mesterton’s Recipe for Pita Bread at The Elegant Cook

With one simple recipe, three hours or less and a rectangular pizza-stone, you can make eight ultra-versatile, classic pita loaves. See M-J’s recipe for making pita bread at The Elegant Cook. The stone is featured at M-J’s Elegant Cuisine.

Simple Cake with Swiss Icing

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You don’t have to be a perfectionist or a cake-decorating pro to make a layer cake look nice. Just get creative with some fluffy icing and add something charming as casual décor. Here, I’ve added some French dragées (candy resembling Jordan almonds) to a couple of white cake-layers filled and frosted with Swiss icing.

~~M-J de Mesterton, ©2017

Making Croutons

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A half-loaf of home-made sourdough bread was a couple days old, and tired of being stored in the fridge. I decided to make croutons with it for the week’s luncheon salads. I poured olive oil, spices, parsley and fresh rosemary into a Pop-It storage box (made with safe materials in Italy), then tossed the bread squares in and shook the thing with all my might to coat them well. With ambient heat from the oven while baking the croutons, a new loaf of bread was rising nearby. Sliced thinly, the croutons were ready after ten minutes in a 350° oven. Cooled croutons were poured into elegant jars to be used at table. And they won’t need to be stored for long; these croutons will quickly be poured out onto salads. @M-J de Mesterton

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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

M-J’s Gyoza

Gyoza, the Famous Japanese Dumpling

Forming Gyoza: Brown Rice, Mashed Adzuki Beans, Miso and Vegetables are Encased in Thin Dough

Making Gyoza at Home: My Recent Recipe Includes Minced Spinach, Carrots, Brown Rice, Mashed Adzuki  Beans, Toasted Sesame Oil, Miso and Gomashio Wrapped in Round, Thin Bits of Dough. Fry them on one side, add a half-cup of water, and cook covered for ten minutes.

©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Pantry

Elegant Pantry

Arrange pantry items in groups of similar containers for a well-organised appearance.

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