M-J’s Original Recipe for Superbowl Potato Salad


M-J’s Elegant Eggs Vienna: 3 Sources of Protein and Choline

M-J's Eggs Vienna First Recipe for Eggs Vienna on the Internet, by M-J de Mesterton 2006

M-J’s Original Eggs Vienna


M-J de Mesterton’s Eggs Vienna Recipe

This Dish Features Three Sources of Choline

An old friend of mine used to make this dish for me in the 1970s. I had published my recipe for the unusual breakfast offering on Elegant Survival in 2006; it was for a long time the only recipe for Eggs Vienna on the internet. I shall reconstruct it here at Elegant Cuisine:

Eggs Vienna for Two

Prepare four slices of streaky American-style bacon until they are crisp. Poach two eggs in two cups of boiling milk, until they are soft. Toast two slices of white bread or English muffins, then butter them. When all three components are ready, place one piece of  toast in each of  two soup-bowls. Place two slices of  bacon on top of each piece of toast, then top that with a poached egg. Pour the remaining hot milk, in which the eggs have been poached, into each bowl. ©M-J de Mesterton 2006

Eggs, Bacon and Milk are Good Sources of Choline, which, when Ingested by Pregnant Women,  Contributes to the Intelligence of Babies, and for Everyone Else, It Helps to Prevent Heart Disease


Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy

M-J de Mestertons Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy with Fall Harvest Vegetables
M-J de Mesterton's Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy with Fall Harvest Vegetables: Substitute Fresh Tomatoes for Tomato Paste

M-J’s Elegant Cuisine: Pork Chops Esterhazy Recipe

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

Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008. Click image to enlarge.

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

For the Recipe, Please Click Here

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!


Versatile Buttermilk Biscuits

M-J's Buttermilk Biscuits and Cheese Biscuits (Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009)
M-J's Buttermilk Biscuits and Cheese Biscuits (Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009)

M-J’s Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Buttermilk is good for you. When in Scandinavia, we drink it at breakfast-time, as is customary.

If your grocer has stopped carrying buttermilk, insist that he stock it. Alternatively, you may use powdered buttermilk, which is found in the baking section of most food markets.

Why buttermilk? It is not only tasty, but acts as a leavener in pancakes and biscuits. It is said to be good for the gastrointestinal system, and for the skin. Granted, buttermilk is an acquired taste, not popular with many children. I didn’t care for the idea of it until I was an adult. But, if one likes the taste of yogurt, buttermilk ought to appeal.

When baking buttermilk biscuits according to my recipe, which is linked above, I sometimes fold the dough over some shredded Cheddar cheese. These cheese biscuits, shown in the foreground of my photo, are popular at drinks parties.

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.