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Elegant Low-Carb Burgers

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 9:40 PM

A cast iron skillet such as this one by Le Creuset (extremely durable and worth the cost) will give your ground beef burgers a perfect finish.

Below: hot pickled peppers are placed on a cooked hamburger patty, which will be topped with Irish Ballyshannon Cheddar cheese and broiled.

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

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

  ©M-J de Mesterton 2016     Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival


Posted on July 5, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Waffle-Weave Towels Dry Quickly in the Sun

©M-J de Mesterton

Wellness Update

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Stay in Good Health: Cover Up Your Skin This Summer, Use Natural Antibiotics Such as Oil of Oregano and an Olive Leaf Supplement, and Eat Your Vegetables~~M-J Recommended Actions and Anti-Viral Foods to Stay in Good Health: Cover Up Your Skin This Summer, Use Natural Antibiotics Such as Raw Ginger, Hot Peppers, Oil of Oregano and an Olive Leaf Supplement, then Eat Your Vegetables~~M-J

With ill people travelling 'round the U.S. and internationally on aeroplanes, you would be wise to wear gloves and even surgical masks while flying. Carry oil of oregano for surface and internal infections, and take olive leaf capsules daily.

This alert is relevant indefinitely, because adequate measures are not being taken to mitigate these modern-day plagues. MRSA (a flesh-eating virus) is on the rise, as are antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis, rubella/measles, chickenpox/shingles, mites, Swine flu, ebola, pertussis/whooping cough and MERS (a deadly respiratory infection). 

It is better to be safe than sorry, and wearing gloves is just one essential component of dressing in the traditional manner. People will also understand when you protect yourself by wearing a surgical mask on the plane, where pathogen-laced air is recycled and breathed by everyone, causing what are known as community-acquired diseases. Stay healthy and look great doing it. Many of these current scourges are incurable.... @M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Survival News 2014

Make a Splash--Learn to Swim

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones was five years old when he almost drowned at Dorney Water Park in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. Now aged thirty, Cullen works with the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash charity to save lives. Here are some interesting statistics:

70% of African American children cannot swim.

60% of Latino children cannot swim.

40% of Caucasian children cannot swim.

Ten people drown each day in the U.S.

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14.

Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.

MAKE a SPLASH helps children LEARN to SWIM

Mauritshuis Museum Reopens

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Respect the Host-Culture

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I was visiting a landmark monastery in Cyprus when I saw a chunky male tourist from Russia wearing a Speedo swimming costume and nothing else.  That was probably the most blatant example of tourists disrespecting the local culture that I have ever witnessed--it was tantamount to wearing shoes into the Hala Sultan Tekke in nearby Larnaca. 

Recently, the people of Qatar have been insulted by and concerned about similar breaches of etiquette in their small country by foreigners. Here is a piece about the local government's measures to stem the rising tide of disrespectful dress by tourists:

Hosts for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar, have begun plans for the hosting of the tournament, and this includes control of tourist behavior.

The country has begun the Reflect Your Respect campaign, which aims to inform tourists how to dress when coming to the Middle Eastern country.

A flier demonstrating the kind of clothing that Qatar’s Islamic Culture Centre wants tourists to keep at home has big X’s under diagrams showing a woman in a sundress, a woman in a sleeveless top and shorts, and a man in a tank top and shorts. A picture of a ladies’ room-style cartoon woman dressed in a short-sleeve shirt and pants – or are they leggings? – also has a big X beneath it.

“If you are in Qatar, you are one of us,” the flier reads. “Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values. Please dress modestly in public places.”

Qatar has launched previous initiatives to educate foreigners on dress codes, The Independent said.

“The amount of immodest clothing is growing in public places, especially shopping malls,” Nasser al-Maliki, the Islamic Culture Centre’s public relations chief, told Gulf News. “Such foreign behavior conflicts with our traditions. We do not want our kids to be exposed to it or learn from it.”

The campaign extends to a new multi-billion dollar airport in the Qatari capital of Doha, where Qatar Airways moved all its operations on Tuesday.

“Qatar is an Islamic state and being respectful to its culture will help you enjoy your stay,” says a list of “helpful tips” offered at the airport. It says women should dress modestly and men “should not be shirt-less in public,” and advises visitors that “public displays of affection and intimacy are strongly discouraged.”


M-J Says: See my Article about Being the Best-Dressed Woman Anywhere You Go in the World


Water-Wise Moss Rose

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Moss Rose, an Elegant Flowering Succulent

also Called "Portulaca"

Photo of Moss Rose/Portulaca Copyright Melody-Jeanne de Mesterton

"Fashion" Statement by Hutton

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Echoing one of Elegant Survival's long-time themes in her original style, Lauren Hutton explained lately why she, too, has always eschewed "fashion". Personally, I prefer "style", and Ms Hutton certainly has fearless personal style!


"Dr. Fiber" Writes

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Dr. Joseph Mercola has written a new, encouraging article about the health-benefits of fiber (fibre).

Ingesting dietary fiber (also known as "roughage") can reduce one's chances of developing heart disease and diabetes, as well as help rid the system of yeast and other mycotoxins. Dr. Mercola explains and lists the many health-benefits of this essential diet-component HERE.


Below: Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Sautéed Vegetables

Hopetoun Horse Trials

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM


Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th June 2014

Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials

Hopetoun House

South Queensferry

Near Edinburgh

EH30 9SL

Walking Stick, a Survival Tool

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM


Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Since 2006, I have been writing about the benefits of wearing gloves. Now, there is more justification than ever for my admonitions and recommendations on the topic. Currently plaguing Americans and the rest of the world are norovirus and MRSA; the deadly ebola virus is rampant in Africa, and other antibiotic-resistant diseases are proliferating. Most of these viruses are spread by surface-contact. Wearing gloves while out in public, especially while shopping, and disinfecting them when you get home can save your life. And hospital-acquired diseases are now common, so do your best to avoid hospitals and other heath-clinics. 


Hospital-acquired infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites; they are spread by touching contaminated surfaces, clothing and implements, or skin-contact with infected people. Viruses may be contracted from surgical procedures, catheters, or by inhaling airborne pathogens.

Common hospital infections are MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and C Difficile.These micro-organisms may already exist dormantly in the patient's body or be contracted from the air, contaminated surfaces and hospital equipment, healthcare workers or other patients. Hospitals must employ pre-screening for MRSA or C-Difficile prior to surgery.

These infections and viruses are often resistant to antibiotics, and the lack of effective therapies may necessitate amputation of fingers or limbs. If you find yourself having to be in the hospital as a patient or visitor, wear disposable gloves before touching any surface, tool, item of clothing or person.

Relying on antibacterial gels and liquids is no longer adequate for self-protection against dangerous germs. Wearing gloves not only enhances your elegance, but will give you confidence in your safety and survival.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Protect Yourself from the Elements

with Gloves, Hats and Parasols




M-J's New Smoothie

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM
  Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant, broccoli is anti-carcinogenic, and daikon radish is beneficial to the liver and kidneys. Combining these three ingredients in a morning smoothie is an excellent idea. I add some pure apple juice as the liquid component, and sometimes turmeric powder for its anti-inflammatory properties.©M-J de Mesterton 2013
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Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!  

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Clothing-Designers Get Serious

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Apparently, the trend of clogging up fashion shows with "celebrities" is waning.

Lynne McCrossan explains in ARE CELEBS OUT of FASHION?

Careful What You Wish for...

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

...you just might get it--so goes the old admonition. Some of us have been warning for years that "health insurance" is inimical to and totally different from "health care". It certainly is not synonymous with medical services. If huge corporations and other behemoths can deny you benefits and dwindle your budget while doing it, they will--that's their nature. Here's another ancient adage that ought to have come to mind in 2009: There IS NO Free Lunch!

Suddenly, those who insisted that the emperor's new clothes were something glorious are having a rude awakening. ENLIGHTENING ARTICLE