Sunday, December 27, 2015

M-J's Spätzle-Chicken Soup

I chopped some red onion, celery and carrots, and sautéed them in olive oil. I added the other usual ingredients: chicken bits and a lot of bouillon, then a few cups of homemade spätzle that I had stored in the freezer. I created more flavour with red peppercorns and dried parsley. Similar soups appear on the web. This is my own version of chicken soup with dumplings--tiny ones called spätzle that are nutritious and slightly al dente. My mother, Lorraine, introduced me to this nutritious pasta named after sparrows. It is traditional fare in Alsace-Lorraine, Switzerland and Bavaria. There are many delicious ways to serve this economical ingredient, including with haricots verts and bacon, with walnut pesto, and with cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

White or vanilla cake mix is prepared then poured over butter, brown sugar and pineapple rings in an oval Le Creuset baking-dish, and baked at 350° for forty-five minutes.  After fifteen minutes of cooling, an oval platter is placed on top of the pineapple upside-down cake, then turned over and the cake is elegantly inverted to reveal the delicious topping. The pineapple creates steam that makes the cake rise a little higher than usual, and imparts a lovely texture to this classic American dessert.
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Elegant Aconga, an Affordable Wine 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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Elegant Low-Carb Burgers

A cast iron skillet such as this one by Le Creuset (the most durable and worth the cost) will give your ground beef burgers a perfect finish.
Below: hot pickled peppers are placed on cooked hamburger patty, which will be topped with Irish Ballyshannon Cheddar cheese and broiled.

The Le Creuset skillet can take the highest oven-temperatures, and withstands broiling.

Cheeseburgers are placed on beds of shredded lettuce and a sauce of mayonnaise with finely chopped dill pickles.

©M-J de Mesterton 2016
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

M-J's Method for Making Pasta all'Uovo

I use a wooden clothes-drying rack when I make pasta all'uovo (egg noodles).  My recipe: four cups of flour, five medium eggs, one teaspoon of salt and 1/3 cup of water, all mixed together into a stiff dough. I employ a Kitchenaid pasta-rolling attachment and a Kitchenaid pasta cutting-wheel to create these fettuccine-style strips. When they are sufficiently dry, the noodles are boiled for two minutes in salted water or diluted chicken-stock. Any excess pasta is stored in a tall container. ~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton ©2014
Pasta all'Uovo with Bolognese Meat Sauce (Sugo alla Bolognese)
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Make Probiotic-Rich Vegetables at Home

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I processed raw purple cabbage with miso, and finely-sliced turnips with Himalayan Salt in a Japanese pickle press to make probiotic-rich vegetables. P-Carrot Pickle Press is Made in Japan.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2014~~

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Words to the Wise

Burgeoning Viruses and Plagues are Spreading Thanks to Frequent Flyers, Poor Sanitation, Lax Medical Industry Waste-Disposal and Over-Use of Antibiotics
“Don’t Touch the Walls” 
So goes the admonition about local clinics that have seen ebola patients within Sierra Leone on the African continent. The disease has been known to be extremely contagious for decades, yet some entities would have you believe that it is difficult to contract. (Not airborne? Bodily fluids do exist in the air as infinitesimal particles which are easily inhaled, and once the virus is deposited onto surfaces, it continues to live.) Concurrent with the denials of this hemorrhagic fever's virulence, dire warnings are issued. Confused? Just read the linked article in Telegraph U.K. for a bit of enlightening reality: ARTICLE

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