Sunday, February 27, 2011

Compost Tips from Kodiak, Alaska

M-J in the Garden
Any Leafy Plant Scrap Makes Good Compost
Photo ©M-J de Mesterton 2010


Compost Tips from the Great North America:
http://www.plantea.com/compost.htm

Growing Your Own Food, on Coast-to-Coast a.m.

Photo of Home-Grown Vegetables ©M-J de Mesterton, 2010


http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2011/02/26
Ian Punnett hosted Marjorie Wildcraft of Backyard Food Production last night on his weekend show. To hear it, click on the link.

Growing Your Own Food, on Coast-to-Coast a.m.

Photo of Home-Grown Vegetables ©M-J de Mesterton, 2010


http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2011/02/26
Ian Punnett hosted Marjorie Wildcraft of Backyard Food Production last night on his weekend show. To hear it, click on the link.

The Dirt on Soil-Amendment

Colorado State University has published this excellent on-line guide to soil-amendment.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Memorial to Energy-Independence

Photo by M-J de Mesterton of an October 1955 Life Magazine Ad for John Hancock
Click to Enlarge and Read the Inspiring Copy

A Memorial to Energy-Independence

Photo by M-J de Mesterton of an October 1955 Life Magazine Ad for John Hancock
Click to Enlarge and Read the Inspiring Copy

Elegant Long-Sleeved Tee-Shirts by Gildan on Sale for $6.84

Because the U.S. is mysteriously importing mostly oil produced by countries led by dictators, even though Americans want more drilling of their abundant, renewable natural oil resources, prices of both food and cotton are sky-rocketing. It costs a lot to manufacture and transport these goods, and would cost much less if the country were energy-independent, a fact that the current administration conveniently ignores.

Here are some high-quality cotton tee-shirts with long sleeves, perfect for year-round wear, on sale for $6.84 each, and available in lots of nice hues, from the dependable company, CheapesTees.com.

http://www.cheapestees.com/gilulcotheav.html
Gildan Ultra Cotton Heavyweight Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Elegant Long-Sleeved Tee-Shirts by Gildan on Sale for $6.84

Because the U.S. is mysteriously importing mostly oil produced by countries led by dictators, even though Americans want more drilling of their abundant, renewable natural oil resources, prices of both food and cotton are sky-rocketing. It costs a lot to manufacture and transport these goods, and would cost much less if the country were energy-independent, a fact that the current administration conveniently ignores.

Here are some high-quality cotton tee-shirts with long sleeves, perfect for year-round wear, on sale for $6.84 each, and available in lots of nice hues, from the dependable company, CheapesTees.com.

http://www.cheapestees.com/gilulcotheav.html
Gildan Ultra Cotton Heavyweight Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Elegant Croque Monsieur

Swiss cheese and Black Forest ham are pan-grilled inside of two buttered pain brioché slices. This dish is a frequent component of an elegant luncheon, accompanied by cream of celery soup, artichoke soup, or carrot Vichyssoise.

Elegant Croque Monsieur

Swiss cheese and Black Forest ham are pan-grilled inside of two buttered pain brioché slices. This dish is a frequent component of an elegant luncheon, accompanied by cream of celery soup, artichoke soup, or carrot Vichyssoise.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Croques Monsieurs

Using a shallow grill pan, a heavy plate and a lid, croques monsieurs are easily made on the cooker or stove-top. Sandwiches are flipped when the cheese on the bottom is soft. Continue cooking, with the lid on top. I do not bother to replace the heavy plate after the croques monsieurs are turned.

Thinly-sliced ham, together with Swiss cheese, home-made bread and a few spoonfuls of butter are transformed into the French luncheon classic, croques monsieurs. Served with a salad or soup, they are part of an elegant luncheon.
Serve croques monsieurs with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard on the side.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Croques Monsieurs

Using a shallow grill pan, a heavy plate and a lid, croques monsieurs are easily made on the cooker or stove-top. Sandwiches are flipped when the cheese on the bottom is soft. Continue cooking, with the lid on top. I do not bother to replace the heavy plate after the croques monsieurs are turned.

Thinly-sliced ham, together with Swiss cheese, home-made bread and a few spoonfuls of butter are transformed into the French luncheon classic, croques monsieurs. Served with a salad or soup, they are part of an elegant luncheon.
Serve croques monsieurs with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard on the side.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Croques Monsieurs

Using a shallow grill pan, a heavy plate and a lid, croques monsieurs are easily made on the cooker or stove-top. Sandwiches are flipped when the cheese on the bottom is soft. Continue cooking, with the lid on top. I do not bother to replace the heavy plate after the croques monsieurs are turned.

Thinly-sliced ham, together with Swiss cheese, home-made bread and a few spoonfuls of butter are transformed into the French luncheon classic, croques monsieurs. Served with a salad or soup, they are part of an elegant luncheon.
Serve croques monsieurs with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard on the side.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pain Brioché

Versatile and fun to make, brioche dough has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and soaked in a spiced egg-milk batter, then fried as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Pain Brioché

Versatile and fun to make, brioche dough has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and soaked in a spiced egg-milk batter, then fried as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Pain Brioché

Versatile and fun to make, brioche dough has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and soaked in a spiced egg-milk batter, then fried as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Elegant Caran d'Ache Metwood Pen

Offered for a fraction of its original price, a superb example of Switzerland's elegant pens: rosewood Caran d'Ache

Scottish Oatcakes

Scottish Oat-Cakes, Updated

2 cups of Oatmeal
½ cup of regular or unbleached flour
1/3 cup of buttermilk
¼ cup of hot water
1/2 teaspoon-full of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of crushed flax-seeds (optional; these seeds make the oat-cakes more health-promoting, and they add nearly no calories)
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder, such as that made by Rumson  or Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pat this mixture into a baking sheet until flat and about 1/8 inch thick. Heat your oven to 350 F.
I sometimes use a wafer iron or a quesadilla machine, and cook the oat-cake mixture until it stops steaming and releases from the iron easily. Bake until oatcake is brown and as crisp as possible.
Variations: add two teaspoons of sugar and/or ground walnuts.

©M-J de Mesterton

Scottish Oatcakes

Scottish Oat-Cakes, Updated

2 cups of Oatmeal
½ cup of regular or unbleached flour
1/3 cup of buttermilk
¼ cup of hot water
1/2 teaspoon-full of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of crushed flax-seeds (optional; these seeds make the oat-cakes more health-promoting, and they add nearly no calories)
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder, such as that made by Rumson  or Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pat this mixture into a baking sheet until flat and about 1/8 inch thick. Heat your oven to 350 F.
I sometimes use a wafer iron or a quesadilla machine, and cook the oat-cake mixture until it stops steaming and releases from the iron easily. Bake until oatcake is brown and as crisp as possible.
Variations: add two teaspoons of sugar and/or ground walnuts.

©M-J de Mesterton

Scottish Oat-Cakes


Scottish Oat-Cakes, Updated

2 cups of Oatmeal
½ cup of regular or unbleached flour
1/3 cup of buttermilk
¼ cup of hot water
1/2 teaspoon-full of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of crushed flax-seeds (optional; these seeds make the oat-cakes more health-promoting, and they add nearly no calories)
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder, such as that made by Rumson  or Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pat this mixture into a baking sheet until flat and about 1/8 inch thick. Heat your oven to 350 F.
I sometimes use a wafer iron or a quesadilla machine, and cook the oat-cake mixture until it stops steaming and releases from the iron easily. Bake until oatcake is brown and as crisp as possible.
Variations: add two teaspoons of sugar and/or ground walnuts.

Scottish Oat-Cakes


Scottish Oat-Cakes, Updated

2 cups of Oatmeal
½ cup of regular or unbleached flour
1/3 cup of buttermilk
¼ cup of hot water
1/2 teaspoon-full of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of crushed flax-seeds (optional; these seeds make the oat-cakes more health-promoting, and they add nearly no calories)
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder, such as that made by Rumson  or Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pat this mixture into a baking sheet until flat and about 1/8 inch thick. Heat your oven to 350 F.
I sometimes use a wafer iron or a quesadilla machine, and cook the oat-cake mixture until it stops steaming and releases from the iron easily. Bake until oatcake is brown and as crisp as possible.
Variations: add two teaspoons of sugar and/or ground walnuts.

Scottish Oat-Cakes


Scottish Oat-Cakes, Updated

2 cups of Oatmeal
½ cup of regular or unbleached flour
1/3 cup of buttermilk
¼ cup of hot water
1/2 teaspoon-full of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of crushed flax-seeds (optional; these seeds make the oat-cakes more health-promoting, and they add nearly no calories)
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder, such as that made by Rumson  or Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pat this mixture into a baking sheet until flat and about 1/8 inch thick. Heat your oven to 350 F.
I sometimes use a wafer iron or a quesadilla machine, and cook the oat-cake mixture until it stops steaming and releases from the iron easily. Bake until oatcake is brown and as crisp as possible.
Variations: add two teaspoons of sugar and/or ground walnuts.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Superb, Warm Swedish Army Coat

Lined with sheepskin and with a convertible collar, this superb vintage Swedish army coat is offered by our friend Peter in Herefordshire. He will ship to the U.S. for a very reasonable sum.

Superb, Warm Swedish Army Coat

Lined with sheepskin and with a convertible collar, this superb vintage Swedish army coat is offered by our friend Peter in Herefordshire. He will ship to the U.S. for a very reasonable sum.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Elegant Handmade Wool Cape

Handmade Wool Cape by Casco Bay Woolworks, 45" Long
Cloak Yourself in Luxury

Monday, February 7, 2011

Elegant Home-Made Hamburgers

You can make your own elegant hamburgers with home-made buns. See The Elegant Cook bread page for M-J's recipe.
Home-Made Green Chile Burgers are a Southwestern treat. Chopped green chiles are available from Old El Paso and Ortega, as well as  Hatch  of New Mexico, where the burger topped with green chile and cheese is king.

Elegant Home-Made Hamburgers

You can make your own elegant hamburgers with home-made buns. See The Elegant Cook bread page for M-J's recipe.
Home-Made Green Chile Burgers are a Southwestern treat. Chopped green chiles are available from Old El Paso and Ortega, as well as  Hatch  of New Mexico, where the burger topped with green chile and cheese is king.

Home-Made Brioche

Versatile and fun to make, brioche has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and cooked as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Home-Made Brioche

Versatile and fun to make, brioche has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and cooked as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Home-Made Brioche

Versatile and fun to make, brioche has many uses. It can be filled with savouries or sweet ingredients. When formed into a loaf called pain brioché, it makes light and lovely-tasting sandwiches. Sliced and cooked as pain perdú or French toast, it is magnificent.

Elegant Brioche

I have located a good brioche recipe, by Dorie Greenspan.
I don't use a machine to make these small, fluffy rolls, or even a written recipe.
And it is more fun to process the brioche dough by hand.
A loaf of bread made using this dough, pain brioché, is ideal for making the traditional French toast known as  pain perdú.
~~M-J~~

Elegant Brioche

I have located a good brioche recipe, by Dorie Greenspan.
I don't use a machine to make these small, fluffy rolls, or even a written recipe.
And it is more fun to process the brioche dough by hand.
A loaf of bread made using this dough, pain brioché, is ideal for making the traditional French toast known as  pain perdú.
~~M-J~~

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