Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Original Rock Paintings of M-J de Mesterton

Mystic Rock and Gem Painter M-J de Mesterton 
Color-Field, Oil on Canvas 72" X 60",
by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2007 

Escondido, by M-J de Mesterton, Oil on Canvas 16" X 42"
Courtesy of Pegasi Energy in Tyler, Texas 

Rock Painting, Oil on Belgian Linen,
36" X 48", by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright © 1974 
Emeraude en NoirOil on Canvas 8" X 10",
by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2013 

Himalayan Salt, Oil on Canvas 11" X 14"
Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2007 
Hot Rocks II, Oil on Canvas 8" X 10",
by M-J de Mesterton
Copyright 2013 (Courtesy of Lena Sadako Moriguchi)
Perspective, Oil on Canvas 48" X 56",
by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2009 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Elegant Aconga Wines of Argentina

"Aconga" means "Stone Sentinel" in the ancient Incan language, and is the name of the Americas' highest mountain. Aconga's Bonarda-Merlot is rich and smooth, with naturally-occurring flavours reminiscent of cherry and chocolate. Aconga wines of Argentina are available at:
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Swedish Meatballs, an Elegant Austerity Dish

Swedish Meatballs in Traditional Cream Gravy with Yukon Rose Potatoes and Lingonberry Jam
      ©M-J de Mesterton
3) See below for second and first steps in the process. Make gravy by adding butter and flour to the pan just after removing your meatballs, and letting the flour and butter bubble as you stir it with a wooden spoon. When the mixture has browned a little, add cream and/or milk gradually stirring it together until smooth. The amounts will differ according to the number of meatballs you have made. I never use a recipe; so, as my grandmother taught me to do, I simply use my innate sense of proportion. Serve the Swedish meatballs on top of gravy for an elegant look, accompanied by boiled potatoes and a lump of jam, preferably lingonberry, but raspberry preserves or cranberry sauce are fine as well.
©M-J de Mesterton
2) See photo below for the first step. Fry the Swedish meatballs in butter. I have used my largest pan, which is quite flat. Grandmother said to keep the meatballs from touching one another; this keeps them crispy on the outside. Turn them until they are cooked brown on all aspects. I boil my new potatoes (in this case, they are Yukon Rose, a yellow Finn-type specimen that is red-skinned and tasty) while the meatballs are frying. If you cannot find small new potatoes, you can cut up larger red-skinned ones. The peel of the red or new-type of potato is very nourishing; scrubbed up well they are pleasant to see and delicate to eat. For added taste, you may add a bit of salt or chicken bouillon to the pot.
©M-J de Mesterton
1) Mix ground meat (I use only beef), bread (I use bits of rich brioche), cream, egg, chopped onion (dried or fresh) and spices (nutmeg and/or allspice, salt and optional white pepper). Using a meat-baller or your hands, shape the mixture into balls, dust them with flour and fry in butter. The meatballs don't have to be perfectly round. Our friend Dr. Sundström makes them oval-shaped; that is his personal style. As long as they are small enough to fit into the centre of your partly-opened palm, they will be right.  See photos above for more steps in making Swedish meatballs.
©M-J de Mesterton

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mini-Trampoline, an Elegant Exercise Tool

Try Rebounding on a Mini-Trampoline Bounce your way to better health with this ideal mini-trampoline. As long as your feet are in fair condition and you're able to stand, this mini-trampoline is easy to use, and its cardio-vascular benefits are similar to those acquired by jumping rope. And "rebounding" on a trampoline is easier than jumping rope, because there is nothing on which to trip. It seems like all the rage right now, but those in the know were using mini-trampolines in the 1990s. The svelte and intelligent character Charlotte Cavendish in the series Lovejoy, for example, used to bounce fifty times on her mini-trampoline in the morning, and another fifty in the evening.
A mini-trampoline will help you build cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, abs, buttocks, and back Low-impact aerobic workout at home. A mini-trampoline is easy to store in an apartment or small house. ~~M-J

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elegant Vegetables

Rich in probiotics (miso), medium-chain fatty acids (coconut oil), omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts), chlorophyll, vitamin K, manganese, fiber, folate and vitamin C (green beans), M-J's elegant vegetable dish is prepared in a wok and ready within eight minutes.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

M-J's Elegant Winter Salad

Shredded Lettuce, Shaved Carrots and Fresh Daikon Radish in Safflower Oil Vinaigrette:
M-J de Mesterton's health-promoting, yang winter salad is an effective liver-tonic (daikon radish) and helps to control weight (safflower oil/rice vinegar) at Christmastide.
©M-J de Mesterton 2013

Elegant Spinach Salad

for low-carbohydrate dishes with easy-to-follow photos and general descriptions of her methods.
©M-J de Mesterton 2013

The Original Rock Paintings of M-J de Mesterton

      Mystic Rock and Gem Painter M-J de Mesterton    Color-Field , Oil on Canvas 72" X 60", by M-J de Mesterton,  C...