27 February, 2013

Inappropriate Dressing for Winter

In a  Frigid New York Winter, These Women Show that They Benefit from More Luxury than the Rest of Us!
Door-to-Door Limousine Service and a Constant Ambient Temperature of 80 Degrees Fahrenheit Allows Them to Go Sleeveless and Not Wear Hosiery

18 February, 2013

Home-Garden Beets

Beets are an easy-to-grow, cool-weather crop.
Spring Planting of Beets
Plant beet-seeds in the garden one month before your area's last frost date; in three weeks, plant another row or two of them, and so on, so that you will have fully-grown beets ready at different times of the summer. Beets do germinate in cooler soil, but according to Barbara Pleasant of Mother Earth News, they sprout more quickly when soil temperatures are at or above 50°F.

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Drying Clothes the Natural Way is Elegant

The safest, most efficient and elegant way to dry your clothing and towels is outdoors on a line. Don't let gutless, self-conscious lower-middle class strivers and ignorant acquaintances tell you otherwise. The best houses in Europe use clothes-lines, and these days people in the States are getting wise to the age-old tradition of conserving electricity and utilising solar-power. Line-dried clothing has longevity and a sunny scent. 
©M-J de Mesterton 2013

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Winter Health Smoothie

Broccoli, Celery, Jalapeño, Parsley and Lemon are Blended with Buttermilk or Yoghurt to Make this
 Elegant Smoothie (if you are vegan, substitute water or green tea for the milk or yoghurt)
This elegant, piquant green smoothie has properties that help to prevent colds, flu, water-retention and cancer.©M-J de Mesterton

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Elegant Swedish Meatballs

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.
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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.
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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.
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15 February, 2013

Green Tea Helps Prevent Influenza

“Green tea is known to contain antiviral components that prevent influenza infection,” wrote Hiroshi Yamada, MD, PhD, of the University of Shizuoka, Japan.

Yamada and his colleagues analyzed questionnaires from 2,050 students, ages six to 13 years, in elementary schools in Kikugawa City. The questionnaires included information about their consumption of green tea.

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12 February, 2013

Elegant Macrobiotic Dish

Brown Rice with Lettuce and Apples
M-J de Mesterton 2012

Winter Cold Remedies

Hot Chiles, Onions and Ginger are Known to Help Relieve Colds

Gargle with Himalayan Salt and Warm Water 
(Oil Painting of Himalayan Salt Crystals by M-J de Mesterton, ©2007)
Carrots, Onions, Ginger and Peppers Sautéed and Served with Rice: a Cold-Fighting Luncheon Dish

I once cured my husband, who has been malarial since his operations in Africa, of a devastating cold/cough/fever/flu. I fed him sliced ginger in honey a few times a day, cayenne capsules, various herbal tisanes, aspirin and Theraflu. Whenever we get a hint of a tickle in our throats, or wake up with a full-fledged sore throat, we gargle with salt, take Zicam, Airborne in a glass of water,  and eat a lot of ginger. Neither of us has had a cold since that aforementioned worrisome time. A trip to the doctor will do no good for the common cold. We would never dream of plugging up the already-jammed waiting rooms for such a malady, and antibiotics do nothing for viruses. Even Tamiflu only shortens the duration of influenza by a day or so. Here is a well-known trick to ward off a nascent cold: put hydrogen peroxide in the ears. If one is not averse to sugar, keeping a jar full of candied ginger is a good idea. That way, you can pop a piece whenever you feel a bit down. A better way to ingest ginger is to slice it fresh and mix it with honey, another a germ-killer. Is ginger a panacea? No, but it certainly enhances general health, as do hot peppers, because they create an environment in which viruses seldom thrive. Raw garlic works, you say? It may make you well, but it will make your friends sick. Remember to have salt, honey, ginger, hydrogen peroxide and red pepper in the pantry during this winter to stuff a cold or influenza infection in its beginning stages, so that you can get well sooner.
©M-J de Mesterton, 2006--2013

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09 February, 2013

Macrobiotic Foods

Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Sautéed Carrots, Red Onion and Daikon Radish 

Home-Garden Purple Cabbage, Grown with Organic Vegetable-Scrap Compost
Home-Grown, Organic French-Style Radishes

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