Sunday, 19 May 2013

Elegant, Nutritious Tostadas

Lightly fried in safflower oil, these corn tortillas are topped with fat-free refried beans that have been seasoned with New Mexico chile-powder. A refreshing garnish for these tostadas is made with lemon juice, olive oil, cilantro, romaine lettuce, grated carrots, roasted jalapeños and finely-diced red onion (optional).
Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton ©2013

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Granola Balls

Compact and therefore neat to eat, these granola balls contain oats, oat bran, walnuts, ground almonds, a little buckwheat flour, one egg, coconut oil, cold tea, sea-salt and spices. It doesn't even matter what you put in these, as long as they are moist enough to hold together. I baked these granola balls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The mixed ingredients are shaped with a cookie baller/Swedish meatballer.
©M-J de Mesterton 2013
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Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Useful, Elegant Bandana

Bandana Collection

In Bandana CollectionBandanasUses for BandanasWal-Mart on 06/06/2011 at 7:49 am


Bandanas are very useful items to carry in your purse or pocket, folded square and pressed. They can be good for many sorts of emergencies, and even used as napkins at table.


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Below: My ColleBandanas take up less space when they are folded into fourths and pressed.on of Cotton Bandanas



Wal-Mart is a good source for all-cotton bandanas that cost about a dollar each. The designs offered change frequently, so it is an ideal place for the bandana-collector to shop.


101 Uses for the Bandana, from a Cowboy Page:
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Friday, 17 May 2013

Wheat-Grass for Elegant Survival


Fresh Wheat-Grass is Extremely Beneficial to Human Health for Many Reasons
GROWING YOUR OWN WHEAT-GRASS IS THE SAFEST WAY TO OBTAIN IT
Soak organic wheat-berries in water overnight. Rinse them and leave in a bowl or jar, covered with cheesecloth or nylon net for straining, and then rinse them at least twice a day. When the wheat-berries begin to sprout, relocate them to a sunny spot, where they will begin to develop chlorophyll. Rinse them again and eat or refrigerate until you're ready to do so. I incorporate these wheat-sprouts into a morning vegetable smoothie that also may contain fresh broccoli, mesclun greens, fresh aloe vera leaves, apple, carrot, ginger, turmeric and powdered dandelion-root. In these pictures, I have set my wheat-sprouts in a glass bowl and covered them with a transparent cake-cover.
Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton, ©2012 
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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, Until 27th May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Discover an Informative Site: "Behind the Name"


Choosing a Name for Your Child Is Serious Business!
 Read some family history, or do a little easy research

The Top Babies' Names in France for 2010
(both components of my compound-name are on the list)
"223-28"

Top Babies' Names in the U.S. for 2011

I suggest that you do not go by what's most popular; rather, choose names that have meaning to you or represent some factor in your family's heritage. 
~~M-J

BehindtheName.com
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M-J's Nutritious Breakfast Smoothie

I keep cleaned vegetables in refrigerated bins, ready to process into a health-promoting smoothie every morning. Ingredients include any combination of the following: Fresh Ginger, Dandelion Root, Turmeric, Organic Mixed Greens, Broccoli, Carrot, Red Apple Chunks, Red Onion, Fresh Aloe Leaf, Celery, Home-Grown Wheat Sprouts/Wheat Grass, Water
©M-J de Mesterton 2013
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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Elegant Pot au Feu

Sauté the outside of some beef in butter, add vegetables, herbs de Provence and red wine for a simple,  elegant pot roast or pot au feu. Cook on low heat until the beef is tender. 
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Gloria Starr, Global Etiquette Expert: Table Manners


After viewing thias pleasant video by Gloria Starr, 

Simple Fruit Smoothie

Yoghurt, Lemon Juice, a Small Banana Section and Some Strawberries
Blended together Make a Health-Promoting Breakfast-Drink
©M-J de Mesterton

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Jocasta Innes, 1934--2013




Jocasta Innes, cookery and interior design writer: born Nanjing, China 21 May 1934; married 1960 Richard Goodwin (divorced 1967; one daughter), one son (by John Michell, adopted by Goodwin), 1967 Joe Potts (divorced 1979; two daughters), partner to Sir Richard MacCormac; died London 20 April 2013.
Obituary in the Independent U.K.
Obituary for Authoress Jocasta Innes in the Telegraph U.K.
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Elegant Survivors: Obituaries