Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Elegant Chopped Vegetable Salad

Similar to the diced salads I enjoyed long ago at El Gaucho in Amsterdam, this elegant chopped salad is a refreshing accompaniment to any meat dish.
Celery, cucumber, and red onion are chopped into small bits and tossed with vinegar and oil for an elegant salad. ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Chopped Vegetable Salad

Similar to the diced salads I enjoyed long ago at El Gaucho in Amsterdam, this elegant chopped salad is a refreshing accompaniment to any meat dish.
Celery, cucumber, and red onion are chopped into small bits and tossed with vinegar and oil for an elegant salad. ©M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Elegant Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Design ©M-J de Mesterton

Christmas cookies, adapted from a 1950s recipe by Antoinette Pope (The Antoinette Pope School of Cookery). I’ve been enjoying these since I was a child. Here are the ingredients:

One half-pound of butter

Two and a half cups of flour

One cup of powdered sugar

One tablespoon of milk (full-fat, of course)

One teaspoon of vanilla (imitation vanilla is just as good as the real thing)

One egg yolk mixed with two tablespoons of cream (to brush on top, as a base for sprinkles–adds nice flavor, believe it or not)

If you are going to use icing and a piping bag to decorate these Christmas cookies, skip this decorating step.

Method:

The ingredients, except for the egg yolk and cream, are mixed together and rolled out to a quarter (1/4) inch thickness. Then cookie-cutters are employed; the things are brushed with egg yolk/cream and sprinkled with colored sugar. I prefer Swedish pärlsokker, or white pearl sugar. Transfer the cut-out cookies to an upside-down cookie-sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

©2007

M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Elegant Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Design ©M-J de Mesterton

Christmas cookies, adapted from a 1950s recipe by Antoinette Pope (The Antoinette Pope School of Cookery). I’ve been enjoying these since I was a child. Here are the ingredients:

One half-pound of butter

Two and a half cups of flour

One cup of powdered sugar

One tablespoon of milk (full-fat, of course)

One teaspoon of vanilla (imitation vanilla is just as good as the real thing)

One egg yolk mixed with two tablespoons of cream (to brush on top, as a base for sprinkles–adds nice flavor, believe it or not)

If you are going to use icing and a piping bag to decorate these Christmas cookies, skip this decorating step.

Method:

The ingredients, except for the egg yolk and cream, are mixed together and rolled out to a quarter (1/4) inch thickness. Then cookie-cutters are employed; the things are brushed with egg yolk/cream and sprinkled with colored sugar. I prefer Swedish pärlsokker, or white pearl sugar. Transfer the cut-out cookies to an upside-down cookie-sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

©2007

M-J de Mesterton

Monday, November 29, 2010

Elegant Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple


For more photos, and a pictorial of how to make M-J's Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops, 

Elegant Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple


For more photos, and a pictorial of how to make M-J's Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops, 

Elegant Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple


For more photos, and a pictorial of how to make M-J's Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops, 

Elegant Pork Chops with Roasted Pineapple

Rock and Gem Painting by M-J de Mesterton, in Elegant Room

Elegant Grapefruit

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Elegant Grapefruit

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Elegant Grapefruit

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Elegant, Health-Promoting Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a beautiful part of a healthy, elegant breakfast. Peeled and cut into sections, then drizzled with a bit of honey and a few grains of sugar, this lucky grapefruit is ready to eat in an antique Japanese Export bowl.

Elegant, Health-Promoting Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a beautiful part of a healthy, elegant breakfast. Peeled and cut into sections, then drizzled with a bit of honey and a few grains of sugar, this lucky grapefruit is ready to eat in an antique Japanese Export bowl.

Baked Alaska, an Elegant Classic Dessert


A classic pound-cake is hollowed-out in the middle, filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with meringue, and baked for a few minutes until the edges are lightly-browned. This “Alaska” cake  is ready to be baked.
©M-J de Mesterton
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Baked Alaska, an Elegant Classic Dessert


A classic pound-cake is hollowed-out in the middle, filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with meringue, and baked for a few minutes until the edges are lightly-browned. This “Alaska” cake  is ready to be baked.
©M-J de Mesterton
 birthday cake, Classic Recipe, Cuisine, Elegant Cookery, Elegant Cooking, Elegant Dessert, Elegant Dinner Party, Elegant Dishes | Tagged Baked Alaska, Classic Dessert, Elegant Classic Dessert, Elegant Cook,Elegant Cookery, Elegant Dessert, Elegant Living, Ice Cream, Pound Cake, Stylish Living

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Elegant Wall of Books as Room-Divider

Our friends Sandra Browne and Primo Kim relax in front of a wall of books. A series of tall, identical bookcases like this one can be set up as an elegant room-divider.
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Apple Tart

Elegant Apple Tart

Elegant Apple Tart

Elegant French Bread: Fougasse

See Elegant Bread for M-J's Fougasse Recipe


Elegant French Bread: Fougasse

See Elegant Bread for M-J's Fougasse Recipe


Elegant French Bread: Fougasse

See Elegant Bread for M-J's Fougasse Recipe


Elegant, Inexpensive French Wine


Parallèle "45"
Consistently Good Wine from the Côtes du Rhône

Elegant, Inexpensive French Wine


Parallèle "45"
Consistently Good Wine from the Côtes du Rhône

Elegant, Inexpensive French Wine


Parallèle "45"
Consistently Good Wine from the Côtes du Rhône

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Elegant Dessert


An elegant dessert table at M-J's cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J's Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Dessert


An elegant dessert table at M-J's cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J's Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Dessert


An elegant dessert table at M-J's cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J's Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Dessert Buffet

Elegant Dessert Buffet

Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops


Soy sauce, pineapple juice, dried red chile peppers and a bit of brown sugar are used to marinate these elegant pork-chops. They are then placed on a broiling-pan which has on its bottom level the pineapple and marinating liquid. The pork is browned and turned over. When the pork chops are done on both sides, the pineapple will be well-cooked and seasoned in the bottom of the broiling-pan.
©M-J de Mesterton


Asian Pork Dish, Broiled Pineapple, Broiled Pork Chops, Chile, Chile Peppers,Dried Chile, Elegant Cook, Elegant Cuisine Asian Food, Pineapple Pork, Red Chile, Soy Sauce, Spicy Pork

Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops


Soy sauce, pineapple juice, dried red chile peppers and a bit of brown sugar are used to marinate these elegant pork-chops. They are then placed on a broiling-pan which has on its bottom level the pineapple and marinating liquid. The pork is browned and turned over. When the pork chops are done on both sides, the pineapple will be well-cooked and seasoned in the bottom of the broiling-pan.
©M-J de Mesterton


Asian Pork Dish, Broiled Pineapple, Broiled Pork Chops, Chile, Chile Peppers,Dried Chile, Elegant Cook, Elegant Cuisine Asian Food, Pineapple Pork, Red Chile, Soy Sauce, Spicy Pork

Elegant Pineapple Pork Chops


Soy sauce, pineapple juice, dried red chile peppers and a bit of brown sugar are used to marinate these elegant pork-chops. They are then placed on a broiling-pan which has on its bottom level the pineapple and marinating liquid. The pork is browned and turned over. When the pork chops are done on both sides, the pineapple will be well-cooked and seasoned in the bottom of the broiling-pan.
©M-J de Mesterton


Asian Pork Dish, Broiled Pineapple, Broiled Pork Chops, Chile, Chile Peppers,Dried Chile, Elegant Cook, Elegant Cuisine Asian Food, Pineapple Pork, Red Chile, Soy Sauce, Spicy Pork

Soy sauce, pineapple juice, dried red chile peppers and a bit of brown sugar are used to marinate these elegant pork-chops. They are then placed on a broiling-pan which has on its bottom level the pineapple and marinating liquid. The pork is browned and turned over. When the pork chops are done on both sides, the pineapple will be well-cooked and seasoned in the bottom of the broiling-pan.
©M-J de Mesterton
Asian Pork Dish, Broiled Pineapple, Broiled Pork Chops, Chile, Chile Peppers,Dried Chile, Elegant Cook, Elegant Cuisine Asian Food, Pineapple Pork, Red Chile, Soy Sauce, Spicy Pork

Soy sauce, pineapple juice, dried red chile peppers and a bit of brown sugar are used to marinate these elegant pork-chops. They are then placed on a broiling-pan which has on its bottom level the pineapple and marinating liquid. The pork is browned and turned over. When the pork chops are done on both sides, the pineapple will be well-cooked and seasoned in the bottom of the broiling-pan.
©M-J de Mesterton
Asian Pork Dish, Broiled Pineapple, Broiled Pork Chops, Chile, Chile Peppers,Dried Chile, Elegant Cook, Elegant Cuisine Asian Food, Pineapple Pork, Red Chile, Soy Sauce, Spicy Pork

Elegant Eggs Vienna






An old friend of mine used to make this dish for me in the 1970s. I 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.


Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Eggs Vienna






An old friend of mine used to make this dish for me in the 1970s. I 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.


Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Eggs Vienna






An old friend of mine used to make this dish for me in the 1970s. I 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.


Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Salad Design

Elegant Salad Design

Elegant Salad Design

Elegant Apple Pie

Please visit The Elegant Cook for M-J's original elegant apple pie recipe.

Elegant Apple Pie

Please visit The Elegant Cook for M-J's original elegant apple pie recipe.

Elegant Crème Frâiche


For M-J's Crème Frâiche recipe, please visit her Elegant Cuisine blog.

Elegant Crème Frâiche


For M-J's Crème Frâiche recipe, please visit her Elegant Cuisine blog.

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