Saturday, 30 April 2011

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

My post on the Royal Wedding Day, and how I predicted the style of the Duchess of Cambridge's bridal gown:
http://www.elegantsurvival.net/apps/blog/show/6879786-quod-erat-demonstrandum

~~M-J
 Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, wearing an elegant and demure traditional wedding dress.

No dignified woman gets married in a sleeveless, strapless gown. Long sleeves are  proper and elegant on a wedding dress, whether they are lace, transparent or opaque.

Nutritious Salad with Radish Greens

Three ounces of radish greens contain on average 200mg (20% RDA) of calcium. They also provide 13% of the human RDA (recommended daily allotment) of iron, and  vitamins A (280% RDA) and C (173% RDA). All vegetable-greens are high in vitamin K. magnesium and other beneficial minerals.

This elegant salad is composed of radish greens, cucumbers, and home-roasted almonds. My dressing is a vinaigrette made with white wine vinegar, olive oil, dry mustard, salt, and a few drops of honey.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011

Quod Erat Demonstrandum


Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Above: I posted this dress pattern on March 22nd. Besides Vogue Patterns, I was first to press this dress onto the internet, and I did it more than one month before the royal wedding. ©M-J de Mesterton

Two times earlier this year I posted my opinion about bridal gowns or wedding dresses*. I said that women of high station wear long sleeves and high necklines. I was vindicated this morning, as the new bride of Prince William wore a very tasteful dress with traditional lace long-sleeves, high neck, full skirt and an actual waistline. I'm very pleased to see my prediction borne out in such a lovely way by an elegant, dignified bride. I had even posted a pattern of an almost identical dress to the one Princess Catherine wore, on March 22nd.
The Princess' choice of demurely pendulous earrings and no necklace was perfect.
Let us hope that women of all ages eschew the strapless, sleeveless gowns they have been sporting of late (which resemble nothing so much as swimsuits with trains), and take a cue on timeless, classic style from a Princess.
©M-J de Mesterton 
April 29th, 2011

Quod Erat Demonstrandum


Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Two times earlier this year I posted my opinion about bridal gowns or wedding dresses*. I said that women of high station wear long sleeves and high necklines. I was vindicated this morning, as the new bride of Prince William wore a very tasteful dress with traditional lace long-sleeves, high neck, full skirt and an actual waistline. I'm very pleased to see my prediction borne out in such a lovely way by an elegant, dignified bride.
The Princess' choice of demurely pendulous earrings and no necklace was perfect.
Let us hope that women of all ages eschew the strapless, sleeveless gowns they have been sporting of late (which resemble nothing so much as swimsuits with trains), and take a cue on timeless, classic style from a Princess.
©M-J de Mesterton 
April 29th, 2011

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Tree-Mulching for Water-Conservation

Create a well within the mulch, keeping mulch away from the trunk.
Gardening with Trees in Dry Climates


Dry-Climate Landscaping with Stone and Gravel Conserves Water
Landscaping in dry climates and during serious droughts that may be permanent is a challenge.
To conserve water and protect this fruit tree's roots from drying heat as well as cold mountain weather, a classic Japanese gardening component, namely large gravel, was employed outside the initial wood-mulched ring that sits twelve inches from its trunk. Not only does gravel look gorgeous during the changing light of day and evening, but it inhibits the growth of competing plants--weeds and "volunteers" that steal precious water to survive. Gravel endures more than grass in dry climates, keeps dusty soil from blowing about, and always looks right.
©M-J de Mesterton 

Elegant, Economical Swedish Meatballs

An elegant way to stretch your meat budget in these austere times is to make Swedish or Scandinavian-style meatballs. Each household cook has his or her recipe, but the basics are ground meat such as beef, veal and/or pork mixed with bread crumbs or bits of bread (I use bits of brioche pulled out from my brioche hamburger buns, which have been reserved in a freezer-bag), an egg and some cream or milk.  Finely-minced onion is optional. Spices include nutmeg and/or allspice, salt and optional white pepper. Onion powder can take the place of minced onion, or that flavour may be omitted altogether. Meat mixtures are shaped into small balls and rolled in flour, then fried in butter. A pan-gravy is made while the finished meatballs rest in a warm oven until serving time. I prefer to use ground beef, brioche bits, sour cream, minced onions or onion-powder, nutmeg, salt and white or green ground pepper.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011
Serve Swedish meatballs with new potatoes and perhaps a little lingonberry or cranberry sauce on the side.
This Danish baking-dish has the traditional cream gravy at its bottom, topped with the meatballs (this type of meatball recipe is found in Swedish, Danish and Finnish cookbooks).
Very small new potatoes are usually just boiled in salted water, and not cut into pieces.
These Yukon Gold new potatoes have been cut and boiled, then sautéed in butter and smashed lightly.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Japanese Interior Design Magazine

SUKIYA LIVING has articles on gardening, art and interior design. 44 pages published every two months.

Elegant, Economical Swedish Meatballs

An elegant way to stretch your meat budget in these austere times is to make Swedish or Scandinavian-style meatballs. Each household cook has his or her recipe, but the basics are ground meat such as beef, veal and/or pork mixed with bread crumbs or bits of bread (I use bits of brioche pulled out from my brioche hamburger buns, which have been reserved in a freezer-bag), an egg and some cream or milk.  Finely-minced onion is optional. Spices include nutmeg and/or allspice, salt and optional white pepper. Onion powder can take the place of minced onion, or that flavour may be omitted altogether. Meat mixtures are shaped into small balls and rolled in flour, then fried in butter. A pan-gravy is made while the finished meatballs rest in a warm oven until serving time. I prefer to use ground beef, brioche bits, sour cream, minced onions or onion-powder, nutmeg, salt and white or green ground pepper.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011
Serve Swedish meatballs with new potatoes and perhaps a little lingonberry or cranberry sauce on the side.
This Danish baking-dish has the traditional cream gravy at its bottom, topped with the meatballs (this type of meatball recipe is found in Swedish, Danish and Finnish cookbooks).
Very small new potatoes are usually just boiled in salted water, and not cut into pieces.
These Yukon Gold new potatoes have been cut and boiled, then sautéed in butter and smashed lightly.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Gravel for Water-Conservation

Before: Bare Soil Awaits Gravel after Ground Was Cleared of Water-Depleting Undergrowth
Fruit Tree after Water-Wise Landscaping

Baby Beet

Beets or beetroots can be eaten whole, with their greens, when they are small. This baby beetroot was steamed and then dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Today, April 28th, is a good time to plant such root crops. Tomorrow, April 29th is also a favourable day for planting these useful vegetables: radishes, potatoes, beets or beetroot, carrots and celeriac (celery root).
~~M-J~~

Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

Summer Squash or Yellow Marrow and Zucchini are Fast-Growing, Prolific Producers 
Plant squash or marrows around the 15th of May for Summer Harvest.
Summer Squash, from Garden to Table

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Elegant Film: Daddy Long Legs

Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire star in the sweet, elegant movie, Daddy Long Legs. The movie features plenty of dancing and glamour.
~~M-J

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Paul Gallico, Storyteller

Prolific Writer, Paul Gallico
Photo by Carl van Vechten, 1937


Paul Gallico was a 1919 graduate of Columbia University who first became famous as a sports columnist and editor at The New York Daily News. He interviewed and sparred with Jack Dempsey, later founding the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition.  In his illustrious career as a sports-writer, Mr. Gallico caught Dizzy Dean's fast-ball, and golfed with Bobby Jones. He wrote the book that became a famous bio-pic of Lou Gehrig.

In the 1930s, Paul Gallico began writing fiction. Among his more notable works were The Three Lives of Thomasina, The Silent Miaow, Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris, The Love of Seven Dolls (this Gallico book became the movie, "Lili" with Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer and Jean-Pierre Aumont), The Poseidon Adventure, The Cat Who Thought She Was God, The Honorable Cat and The Snow Goose. For those of us who love cats, Mr. Gallico is a beloved story-teller.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Baked Alaska, an Elegant Dessert

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Fill a hollowed-out pound-cake with ice cream, preferably vanilla. Trim the top (see left) so that it is thin at its bottom, and place it on top of the ice cream. Prepare regular meringue with egg-whites and sugar. Frost the ice-cream-filled cake with it and bake the assembled dessert in a medium-hot oven until lightly browned.
Use an oven-proof platter, because transferring this delicate dessert to a serving-dish is likely to damage its careful construction.
This plate is made in Japan by Noritake, in the Blue Adobe pattern.




Bring your Baked Alaska to table while the meringue is still hot. Place the platter on a heat-proof pad or trivet. Cut this elegant dessert into sections and serve it as soon as possible so that the ice-cream filling will be cold and the meringue coating remains warm.
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Garden Tools Made in the U.S.A.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Happy Easter

The Honourable Dr. Matthew Dr. Meštrović

http://mjrepublics.blogspot.com/2010/02/honorable-dr-matthew-dr-mestrovic.html

A biographical sketch by M-J ©2009

Finknottle and Wooster: Intellectual Content (Wodehouse)

The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham


The Razor’s Edge is a book by British author W. Somerset Maugham, which was published in 1944. Its epigraph reads, "The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard." taken from verse in the Katha-Upanishad.

The Razor’s Edge tells the story of an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life. The novel is based upon the life of Guy Hague, an American mining engineer, whom Maugham met during his time in the United States and later on in Paris.

A brilliant, beautiful movie was made in 1946 by Darryl F. Zanuck from Somerset Maugham's searching, realistic yet mystical book. The Razor's Edge film stars Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Ann Baxter and John Payne. Without giving away plot, I recommend this film highly as an Elegant Survival classic.

~~M-J de Mesterton 2011

Friday, 22 April 2011

Gevalia Kaffe Coming to American Market

Gevalia Kaffe Traditional Swedish Roast, an Ideal Medium-Brown Grind  that Has a Classic Aroma and Taste



Kraft Foods has chosen to market Gevalia, the favourite coffee of Sweden, known for its traditional medium-roast. The Swedes' own Gevalia Kaffe brand will be available this summer at more than 20,000 retailers throughout the United States.
Gevalia, a $400 million-dollar global mail-order Swedish brand, has long had a following in the U.S.A. "Gevalia is known and loved by millions who've purchased it online because it delivers on its promise of rich, smooth taste that's never bitter," said Domenic Borrelli, Vice President of Kraft's U.S. coffee-branch. "We're telling retailers the good news now. And, we're confident the convenience of being able to purchase Gevalia in stores will attract and delight an entirely new audience of discriminating coffee lovers."
Kraft Foods has a $5 billion global coffee-purveying business, which includes the  French brand Carte Noire and Jacobs from Germany.

Kraft said that Swedes drink more coffee than citizens in almost any other country (rivaling Finland, another Scandinavian country), adding that Gevalia Kaffe is the top Swedish coffee brand. Gevalia is the official coffee of the Swedish Royal Court.

In my opinion, having drunk Gevalia Kaffee for half of my life, it is the natural antidote for popular over-roasted varieties that seem to all taste the same (Starbucks' wide variety of dark roasts that are indistinguishable from one another comes to mind, all naturally-occurring flavours having been systematically burnt out of existence). Americans will soon be able to taste real, high-quality coffee without establishing a mail-order contract with Gevalia. The monotony will soon be passé. That is great news for coffee-connoisseurs!

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

No Lady

http://wonderwall.msn.com/music/lady-gaga-apologizes-for-retarded-comment-1615109.story?GT1=28135

Elegant Woman's Three-Season Tweed Skirt-Suit

Read about the special wool favoured by author Beatrix Potter.  Size 14 UK, this elegant tweed skirt-suit is a versatile, timeless classic made in Great Britain and offered by our sterling friend Peter in Herefordshire. Please read the measurements carefully for both the tweed jacket and skirt. Remember that in this world size numbers do not mean much; what really matters are the specific waist, chest and hip measurements of any garment. Peter is also offering a ladies' tweed vest, which will go with this suit perfectly.
 

Elegant Blue Lavender Plants

Fragrant blue lavender plants in 3-inch pots are available at the Spring Hill Nursery on-line shop. For more gardening ideas, please visit Elegant Gardening.

Fragrant, Fast-Growing Lavender

Fragrant blue lavender plants in 3-inch pots are available at the Spring Hill Nursery on-line shop.

Elegant, Drought-Resistant Fountain Grass

Fountain grass is elegant throughout the seasons. Available in America at Spring Hill  Nursery on-line shop.

Elegant Organdy Apron

A fancy,  cotton organdy Grace Apron by Jessie Steele is a wonderful Mother's Day present or hostess-gift. And it ties at the waist, where Intelligent Design intended our clothing to be anchored. Imagine!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

You Were Never Lovelier

Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat star in the charming 1942 romantic comedy, You Were Never Lovelier
The dancing in this movie by Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire will knock your socks off, and the South American music by Xavier Cugat is enchanting. This classic film is available at Amazon.com.

Carry the Torch for Survival


A survival tool with many applications, the Cree Lumen Master tactical light is something you will want to carry at all times. This powerful little gem requires three AAA batteries. It is a strong light-source that will allow you to scan your property or home for intruders, and if pointed at them will cause criminals to go wobbly, thereby giving you more time to react in fitting fashion. Our recommended supplier is a sterling fellow who will get Cree's fabulous torch to you in record time, at a price you can afford. In fact, one cannot afford to go without such an asset. Used by military personnel and savvy citizens, the business-end of this baby is a dangerous bit of metal with which no slime-ball wants to come into contact. 
~~M-J

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Waist-High Trousers, On-Sale at Cabela's

These trousers/pants for women are very highly-rated by tasteful gals who are sick of the way clothing-makers have distorted the human form, just to save money on fabric and cloth. When you see a company advertising "natural waist" as one inch below the navel, when the human waist is actually located an inch ABOVE the bellybutton, you should know that they are lying to you. And calling that area between the waist and hips a "classic waist" as DuluthWomen.com do is just plain evil. But I  read several reviews to determine that the trousers pictured here actually DO come up to the real waist.


Cabela's Women's Authentic Fit 7-Pocket Hiker Pants, on Sale at $16.99 per Pair



Sunday, 10 April 2011

Elegant Pot Roast

Elegant Pot Roast of Beef Cooked in Burgundy with Herbes de Provence, Summer Savoury, Carrots, Onion,  and New Potatoes

Elegant Gourmet Roast Beef

Elegant Roast Beef with New Potatoes

Elegant Breakfast Radishes

Radishes with Soft Butter, a French Breakfast Favourite

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Shirataki Stir-Fry

Low-calories and lots of taste go into this elegant stir-fry, made with celery, onion, ginger, coconut oil and shirataki noodles.
©M-J de Mesterton
Shirataki Noodle or Konnyaku are Stir-Fried with Vegetables

 A Japanese chile, soy sauce and peanut dressing will be just the thing to add a pleasant piquancy.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Elegant Gourmet Beef Roast

Elegant Pot Roast of Beef
Tenderised by cooking with Burgundy wine, flavourised with summer savoury, herbes de Provence, onion, and celery; slow-cooked with carrots and potatoes
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

M-J's Elegant Sorbet


Elegant, nutritious sorbet is easily made at home with frozen fruit. I made this one with frozen strawberries and canned pineapple, a little bit of honey, all processed in a Cuisinart and frozen again for an hour.
©M-J de Mesterton

Monday, 4 April 2011

Elegant Gourmet French Bread: Brioche

Elegant Homemade Brioche

Elegant Brioche

Elegant Homemade Brioche

It's Now Everywhere...the "Lazy Growl"

I agree with this man:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110204104512AAR2bwQ
Newscasters are doing it too. Advertising voice-overs use the pop-culture female growl. Any time that a woman or girl is interviewed on the news, we hear the gravel-voiced, guttural grunting. It is now a chore listening to most American women speak. Who started this raunchy way of talking? Do they all strive to sound like the Kardashians?

See my special page, Smooth Talkers, for more on the subject.

Clown Awards Show: Catastrophic Clothes

http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/red-carpet-report-card-2011-acm-awards/4712/1#OmgPhoid=18
Click on the link to see hideous clothes, followed by illiterate and inaccurate comments. No, it is NOT the camera's fault--the trousers are about eight inches below his waist, robbing this fashion-victim of visual leg-length. And how does one tuck a shirt into a pant-waist when there isn't one? This fellow is just one of many in the line-up of "country stars" shown here whose pants/trousers land so far below the navel that they look like their legs are a foot long.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Elegant Radish and Cucumber Salad

This refreshing and elegant cucumber-radish salad is dressed with a rice wine vinegar-honey vinaigrette.

Elegant Radish and Cucumber Salad

This refreshing and elegant cucumber-radish salad is dressed with a rice wine vinaigrette.