Making Pound Cake

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M-J’s Pound Cake Recipe

2 Sticks of Room-Temperature Butter, OR One Stick of Butter and 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil

2 Cups of Sugar

3 Cups of White or Unbleached White Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla, OR Two Teaspoons of Vanilla and One Teaspoon of Almond Extract

4 Eggs

3/4 Cup of Buttermilk, OR Milk plus One Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugar, add vanilla and almond extracts, then beat until fluffy.  Blend in half of the eggs. Gradually add flour and other dry ingredients (I usually combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large measuring cup, & mix it with a fork so it’s ready to be incorporated into the batter); add the other two eggs, beating, then gradually add the milk. Beat for three minutes. Pour into a 13″ Pullman loaf pan, or two regular meatloaf-pans, and bake for 1.5 hours OR until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean.

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 I use a 13″ Pullman pan for this recipe.

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M-J’s Gyoza Filling

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My gyoza (Japanese dumpling) fillings, which vary week-to-week according to what I have in the refrigerator and pantry, always include some fresh vegetables. This week’s mixture, pictured below, contains fresh carrots, raw celery, red onion, fresh ginger, dried parsley, mung beans boiled in green tea, cooked brown rice and a little miso. It’s a great way to disguise health-promoting ingredients that men and children usually won’t consume, even in one’s most cleverly-concocted smoothies.  My sauce for the gyoza dish is composed of orange juice, soy sauce and a little home-made red chile oil. A bowl of filling like this one is enough for a whole packet of 47 gyoza skins, and after they are cooked, these dumplings can be frozen and easily re-heated. ©M-J de Mesterton, January 19th, 2017

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Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton 2015
Chocolate Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton

I long ago published a recipe for my chocolate pie in a graham cracker-crust. Now, I prefer the contrast of a slightly salty short crust. For this pie, I let my traditional filling cool in the baked pie-shell, for which I used a spring-form pan. Then, I removed most of the chocolate filling  into a bowl, leaving a coating of it inside the crust. I then folded into the bowl of pie-filling a cup of whipped, unsweetened cream, creating a mousse au chocolat. After pouring the mousse into the pie shell, I put blobs of sweetened whipped cream on top with a pastry bag.
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©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Elegant, Versatile Pound Cake

M-J's Pound Cake Recipe
Elegant Pound Cake, a Simple and Versatile Dessert Component

M-J’s Pound Cake Recipe

2 Sticks of Regular Salted Butter

2 Cups of Sugar

3 Cups of White or Unbleached White Flour

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

6 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Cream or Milk

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar.  Blend in half of the eggs. Gradually add flour and other dry ingredients; add the other three eggs, beating, followed by milk or cream. Beat for three minutes. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 1.5 hours until a thin knife inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

M-J’s Low-Carb Almond Cookies

M-J’s Almond Cookies are low in carbohydrates, and high in protein.  Mix together in a large bowl:

Ground Almonds, 1 1/2 cups

One tablespoon of flour

Almond or Peanut Butter, three tablespoons

Egg Whites, 2

Pomegranate Juice or water, 1/4 cup

Ground Flax-Seed, 1/4 cup (optional)

One tablespoon of coconut oil

Splenda or Stevia, 1/2 cup or to-taste

Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Shape dough into balls and flatten them on an un-greased cookie sheet, and bake in moderately hot oven.

Watch cookies carefully; they will brown quickly on the bottom, so it may be necessary to move them to a higher oven rack during the last few minutes of baking.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012 Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

M-J’s Low-Carb Cinnamon Toast

M-J's Low-Carb Cinnamon Butter ©M-J de Mesterton 2012

M-J’s low-carb cinnamon toast consists of Wasa 7-grain Crisp & Light bread spread with M-J’s original cinnamon butter. RECIPE: Simply mix cinnamon with softened butter and stevia powder (you may prefer to use Splenda), using your own judgment for the proportions of each ingredient. Wasa Crispbread is very low in carbohydrates, and contains a good amount of fibre; cinnamon is known to lower blood-sugar levels.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Salad with Fuji Apples and Sesame Dressing

Romaine Lettuce, Cucumbers, Fuji Apples and Sesame Dressing
M-J’s Sesame Dressing
Peanut Oil or Vegetable Oil
Sesame Paste
Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar, Cider Vinegar, or any White Vinegar
Whisk these ingredients together, starting by the gradual addition of oil to the sesame paste. They are listed in order of amounts, which vary by taste among cooks.

M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

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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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More Elegant Cuisine with M-J

Bread-Making is Good Exercise

Swedish Flax/Rye Bread

This is my own recipe. You won’t find this bread outside of Sweden, unless you are on an SAS flight.
Four cups of very warm water, to which a half-cup of buttermilk has been added
Two tablespoons of yeast
One third-cup of molasses (substitute: dark corn syrup)
Two tablespoons of salt
Two cups of rye flour
Half cup of ground flaxseed
White flour–amounts vary, but it will be about  six cups (the amount of flour needed depends upon the climate, the altitude, and the phase of the moon)

Dissolve the yeast in warm water/buttermilk mixture. Add the molasses and some of the two flours–enough to make a sponge. After it has bubbled up, add salt and the rest of the flour except for one cup. Let the dough rest for fifteen minutes. Keep adding more white flour as needed until the dough no longer sticks to the surface. Knead dough for eight minutes. Form into a ball, set into a buttered bowl, cover lightly with waxed paper or a tea-towel, and let rise until it is double the size. Punch down the bulk, kneading it again for a minute.  Shape the dough into loaves, dust pans with cornmeal or ground flaxseed, let rise again until nearly double in size, then bake for one hour at 350* (moderately hot oven). This recipe will yield two slicing loaves and two baguettes.  — Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 25th August 2007


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I devised this soup for a luncheon. It may be served cold or hot.

Potage Printanier aux Petits Pois

One 16-ounce bag of frozen petits pois, or tiny green peas (be sure to use the frozen variety for their intense colour)

Three cups of hot water

In a blender, mix together the hot water and frozen small peas until they are like soup. Pour the
mixture into a pot and heat it to simmering. Add a half-teaspoon of savoury, and a third-cup of crème fraîche or sour cream. Stir with a wire-whisk until the bits of cream are fully incorporated into the green soup. Heat again till just boiling, and serve. This recipe will make four bowls of Potage Printanier aux Petits Pois. Double the recipe by repeating the first step and adding the results to the pot, while doubling the other ingredients as well. Add salt according to your own preference. I use Himalayan salt. This soup may be served either hot or chilled.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, March 2008

The cuisine of Provence, France, is one of the world’s most health-promoting, with its focus on fresh vegetables and use of olive oil. A very good table wine from the Vaucluse is Le Pigeoulet Vin de Pays. This wine is inexpensive, and complements French cooking.

Provençal Cuisine

Marmiton.org: La Communaute des Gourmands

History of Shiraz Grapes

Argentinian red wine is excellent with beef.
The following one was a big hit at our recent dinner party: Vistalba Cortea.The estancia belonging to Carlos Pulenta has a fabulous website. Vistalba of Mendoza, Argentina: Look for the Delicious yet Economical Vistalba Cortea

Cream of Celery Soup, by M-J de Mesterton Photo Copyright 2009

M-J’s Potage de Celeri, or Cream of Celery Soup

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Good News: Chic Restaurants in the U.S. Switching to Filtered Tap Water

New York City has always had high-quality tap water, as do so many cities. I always use a low-cost Brita filter and pitcher at home, and don’t waste money on bottled water. Who knows the true provenance of that, anyway? After all, Evian is “naive” backwards!

~~M-J

M-J’s Still Life with Fruit Smoothie


M-J de Mesterton Still Life with Fruit Smoothie, Recipe Copyright 2008

Ginger, Chilean black grapes, plain yoghurt, bananas, apples, oranges, frozen blueberries, strawberries and a bit of honey are blended in an Osterizer for a health-enhancing morning drink.

~~M-J

M-J’s Green Beans with Almonds

M-J's Green Beans Amandine
M-J's Green Bean and Almond Sauté
In a large pan or wok, heat some peanut or red chile oil (M-J’s recipe is on the Elegant Survival.net Cuisine page). Empty a bag of frozen or fresh green beans into the hot oil. The thinner the beans, the better. Crush some roasted chile almonds (M-J’s recipe is on the Cuisine page at Elegant Survival.net) inside of a bag with a mallet or potato masher. Empty them into the pan with the green beans after they have begun to look a bit browned. Toss this together and sautée it for a while longer. Serve alongside chicken or beef, or as a high-protein, high-fiber meal if you don’t eat meat.

M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie Recipe

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M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie

 

 

M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie Recipe

  • 4 cups of white flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 stick of salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ¾ cup of chilled lard (“manteca”)
  • 7 Fuji or Sonya apples–cored, peeled, and thinly sliced (reserve peels and cores)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar (or more, according to your taste)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 additional half stick of butter
  • An extra 2 tablespoons of sugar, either white or brown
  • One cup of water
  • DIRECTIONS
  • 1. Make the dough: put one stick of cold butter into a large mixing bowl, together with the 3/4 cup of chilled lard and a teaspoon of salt. Add flour gradually, working it into the butter and lard. Add approximately 3/4 cup of cold water, then cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms small pea-shaped balls, and when formed into a large mound, it holds together. Sometimes less cold water is required–believe it or not, the amount needed to make a pie dough with this recipe depends upon the moon.’s current phase. Mix this by hand, since machine will create a tough pie crust. I use an old-fashioned wire potato masher and a wooden spoon. When the dough sticks together but doesn’t stick to your hands, shape it into 2 balls, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. Put all of your apple peelings and cores into a saucepan on the stove with a cup of water and two tablespoons of sugar, and boil until the liquid becomes syrup. Strain liquid from solids and reserve it. The peelings can then be eaten or ground into applesauce–it’s important not to waste any edible part of your apples.
  • 3. Assemble the pie: heat your oven to 425°F. Roll out one ball of dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8-inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Fit the dough into a 9 or10-inch pie pan. Place one layer of apple slices into the dough-lined pan. Cover them with two tablespoons of cornstarch and a quarter-cup of brown sugar. Repeat this process with apples, sugars and cinnamon. Distribute the half-stick of butter on top of the apples after slicing it into bits. Add your apple syrup over the top of the pie. Alternatively, I sometimes skip the step of creating syrup from my apple peelings, and just use some apple juice concentrate (found in grocery frozen juice section).
  • Roll out the second ball of dough for the top crust. Brush the edges of the bottom crust with water or milk, and lay the top crust down, pressing the edges together to form a tight seal. Use your imagination to pierce or slice a design into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for ten minutes at 425*F, then lower your oven heat to 350* and bake for another hour. Let the apple pie cool for a minimum of two hours before serving.
  • Elegant Apple Pie Recipe Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008

Elegant Apple Pie

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M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie

Photo Copyright Elegant Survival, 2008

M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie Recipe

  • 4 cups of white flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 stick of salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ¾ cup of chilled lard (“manteca”)
  • 7 Fuji apples–cored, peeled, and thinly sliced (reserve peels and cores)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar (or more, according to your to your taste)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 additional half stick of butter
  • An extra 2 tablespoons of sugar, either white or brown
  • One cup of water
  • DIRECTIONS
  • 1. Make the dough: put one stick of cold butter into a large mixing bowl, together with the 3/4 cup of chilled lard and a teaspoon of salt. Add flour gradually, working it into the butter and lard. Add approximately 3/4 cup of cold water, then cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms small pea-shaped balls, and when formed into a large mound, it holds together. Sometimes less cold water is required–believe it or not, the amount needed to make a pie dough with this recipe depends upon the moon.’s current phase. Mix this by hand, since machine will create a tough pie crust. I use an old-fashioned wire potato masher and a wooden spoon. When the dough sticks together but doesn’t stick to your hands, shape it into 2 balls, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. Put all of your apple peelings and cores into a saucepan on the stove with a cup of water and two tablespoons of sugar, and boil until the liquid becomes syrup. Strain liquid from solids and reserve it. The peelings can then be eaten or ground into applesauce–it’s important not to waste any edible part of your apples.
  • 3. Assemble the pie: heat your oven to 425°F. Roll out one ball of dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8-inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Fit the dough into a 9 or10-inch pie pan. Place one layer of apple slices into the dough-lined pan. Cover them with two tablespoons of cornstarch and a quarter-cup of brown sugar. Repeat this process with apples, sugars and cinnamon. Distribute the half-stick of butter on top of the apples after slicing it into bits. Add your apple syrup over the top of the pie. Alternatively, I sometimes skip the step of creating syrup from my apple peelings, and just use some apple juice concentrate (found in grocery frozen juice section).
  • Roll out the second ball of dough for the top crust. Brush the edges of the bottom crust with water or milk, and lay the top crust down, pressing the edges together to form a tight seal. Use your imagination to pierce or slice a design into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for ten minutes at 425*F, then lower your oven heat to 350* and bake for another hour. Let the apple pie cool for a minimum of two hours before serving.
  • Elegant Apple Pie Recipe Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008

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