The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

Hatch Green Chiles in Season

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Green Chiles Grown in Hatch, New Mexico, are Roasted for Addition to Burgers and Enchiladas

Home-Grown Radishes

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM
The Elegant Radish, Edible in its Entirety
The Elegant, Entirely Edible Radish, an Easy-to-Grow Vegetable
Salad with Radish Greens, Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton
Three ounces of radish greens contain on average 200mg (20% RDA) of calcium. They also provide 13% of the human RDA (recommended daily allotment) of iron, and  vitamins A (280% RDA) and C (173% RDA). All vegetable-greens are high in vitamin K. magnesium and other beneficial minerals.
This elegant salad is composed of radish greens, cucumbers, and home-roasted almonds. My dressing is a vinaigrette made with white wine vinegar, olive oil, dry mustard, salt, and a few drops of honey.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Radishes with Soft Butter, a Traditional Component of Breakfast in France: the Elegant Radish is a Liver-Tonic
Radishes, a Natural Hangover Remedy
Radishes, a Natural Hangover Helper

Elegant Beefsteak Fajitas

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Beefsteak strips are seasoned (combine your choice of chile powders, comino, seasoning salt and/or onion and garlic powders; shake in a bag to coat meat bits) and fried in olive oil, then served on a sautéed flour tortilla, accompanied by yellow pear tomatoes and sliced avocado.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Pollo con Penne al Alfredo

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Elegant Taco Salad

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM


Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream and tortilla pieces are arranged into an elegant, low-carb luncheon dish.

©M-J de Mesterton

Konnyaku Stir-Fry

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM
Few calories and lots of taste go into this elegant stir-fry, made with celery, onion, ginger, coconut oil and shirataki noodles. ©M-J de Mesterton
Shirataki Noodle or Konnyaku are Stir-Fried with Vegetables
 A Japanese chile, soy sauce and peanut dressing will be just the thing to add a pleasant piquancy.

Elegant Japanese-Style Salad

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

This refreshing and elegant cucumber-radish salad is dressed with a rice wine vinegar-honey vinaigrette

Elegant Lemon-Coconut Pudding

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

The Texture of Brioche

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Brioche is meant to be so light and airy inside that you can pull out flowing bits of it. This brioche was made at home by M-J, with the help of a Kitchenaid mixer and a brioche pan made from silicone in Europe.


Posted on March 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM


Brioche, a Viennoiserie made at home in a small cake pan can be sliced for perfectly round sandwich bread. Brioche makes excellent toast, French toast or pain perdú.

Viennoiseries is the collective French term for baked goods made from yeast-leavened dough or from puff-pastry. Viennoiseries typically have a high-protein and fat content from eggs, butter, milk, and cream, and are usually sweetened with sugar, ingredients which lend them a rich character. The Viennoiserie yeast-dough, once formed and risen, is often "gilded" or laminated with an egg-wash to make it shiny and deep in colour after baking. Viennoiseries are eaten for breakfast or with tea and coffee.

Examples of Viennoiseries include brioches, croissants, Vienna bread and baguette Viennoise pain au chocolat, pain au lait, pain aux raisins, chouquettes, chausson aux pommes, Danish pastryand bugnes.
A surge in popularity of Viennese-style baked goods in France began with the opening of Boulangerie Viennoise operated by printer August Zang in 1839. 
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Baked Alaska

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Baked Alaska, an Elegant Dessert Individual Baked Alaska desserts were prepared on oven-proof McCoy "brown drip" plates. ©M-J de Mesterton 2011
M-J's Simple Instructions:
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.

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Fill a hollowed-out pound-cake with ice cream, preferably vanilla. Trim the top (see left) so that it is thin at its bottom, and place it on top of the ice cream. Prepare regular meringue with egg-whites and sugar. Frost the ice-cream-filled cake with it and bake the assembled dessert in a medium-hot oven until lightly browned.

Use an oven-proof serving-platter, because transferring this delicate dessert to a serving plate is likely to damage its construction. This plate is made in Japan by Noritake, in the Blue Adobe pattern.

Bring your baked alaska to table while the meringue is still hot. Place the platter on a heat-proof pad or trivet. Cut this elegant dessert into sections and serve it as soon as possible so that the ice-cream filling will be cold and the meringue coating remains warm. ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Red Cabbage Salad

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Red or purple cabbage, sliced thinly and mixed with feta cheese, yellow tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, cilantro and salt makes an elegant salad. I grew this purple cabbage and the yellow pear tomatoes. It is best to let this dressed salad sit at room temperature for at least an hour, so that the cabbage softens a little. ©M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Elegant Pineapple Pork-Chops

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Elegant Lemon Jell-O Dessert

Posted on August 29, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Substitute sour cream and cream cheese for cold water in a regular Jell-O recipe, whisk together, unmould after four hours, and decorate with whipped cream dots using a pastry bag. This elegant lemon Jell-O dessert was made with the sugar-free variety, and is practically carbohydrate-free. ©M-J de Mesterton, August 29th,  2010

Elegant Baby Beetroot

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Beets are very nutritous, and have cancer-inhibiting properties. Here is a beetroot that I grew in the vegetable garden, steamed and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar:

Elegant Diced Vegetable Salad

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Elegant, Nutritious Greek Salad

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:50 PM