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Above: Fake sour cream by Lucerne, a brand offered at Safeway that lists ten ingredients including corn starch, is topped by real sour cream from Wal-Mart's Great Value, which has but two components: cultured cream and enzyme. The product from the bottom container ruined my beef stroganoff, until I added some from the top one (a traditional, rich sour cream), which swiftly rectified the situation and saved the dish. Sort of like a bit of real news forwarded by Julian Assange seems to have saved the USA from doom. ©M-Jeanne
When it comes to food, "Real vs Fake" is not subjective. Unfortunately, the same can no longer be said about "news". Real news versus "fake news" now ostensibly constitutes propaganda that the ruling elite want you to believe, in order to counteract truths that have been disclosed about themselves and their dastardly deeds. The irony is that those same parties have been lying to us in earnest for, it turns out, decades--especially the last ten years. The real fake news is that which the major media outlets spew, all of whom have been propping up a globalist fraud for eight years and trying hard to replace him with an evil female clone who would continue the criminality and preserve his destructive legacy. They remind me of a man from Morocco who opened a "French" restaurant near a major university in New Jersey circa 1990. He presented me with a dessert menu and I ordered mousse au chocolat--chocolate mousse. Acting as waiter, the same fellow brought me a piece of white-frosted carrot cake decorated with a charming little orange carrot. I told him it was beautiful, but that I had ordered mousse au chocolat. The faux Frenchman insisted that what he had given me WAS mousse au chocolat. I pointed out the evidence and even showed the fellow that the thing had carrot bits in it. Eventually, I gave up on the endeavor and thereafter referred to the place and others like it as "Poubelle (garbage can) Cuisine". In the same way, I have for more than a decade rejected as trash the news "reported" by outlets such as the New York Times, The Daily News, USA Today, CBS News, CNN and anything with the letters NBC in its name. You must admit that my "fake news" analogy is a lot more palatable than that ignominiously uttered by the current Pope last week.
@M-Jeanne de Mesterton de St. A; December 11th, 2016
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- Two Pain de Mie Loaves
- 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm milk or buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon of granulated yeast
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
- 7 cups of white flour (unbleached "white" flour is ideal), plus another, separate cup for possible use during kneading process--different conditions may require more flour--so you need to have a total of 8 cups of flour.
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1.5 standard sticks of butter, sliced into about ten or twelve pieces to more easily incorporate it into dough-mixture
- YOU WILL NEED TWO 13"-long Pullman pans, also known as a pain de mie pans These specially-constructed pans with lids are non-stick; they will not need to be greased (click here for my source).
- M-J's Notes
- Pain de Mie simply means, directly translated from the French, "Bread of the Center", because it is not supposed to have a deeply browned exterior or a pronounced crust. In fact, if you see a recipe for pain de mie that instructs you to pull the lid off during baking to 'brown the top", ignore that suggestion. If you prefer a crust, just leave the lid off during baking and you will have what is simply called a sandwich loaf. One of the beauties of an authentic pain de mie is that, when using this bread for canapés or tea sandwiches, there is no dark crust that needs to be removed, which is a tedious and sometimes problematic process. This doesn't mean that the edges cannot be trimmed if you wish. Pain de mie also makes perfect grilled cheese sandwiches, croques monsieurs, and panini.
M-J's Pain de Mie Method
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A personal note on dressing appropriately for particular locales: many years ago as I was driving coast-to-coast, I stopped at an ostrich ranch in Wyoming that offered horseback riding. Because I had packed my English riding clothes and helmet, I wore them. As I walked into their tack shack/watering hole, a little old man looked up at me quizzically and asked, rather shakily, "What ARE you, MA-AM?" Which reminded me of the following scene from Roger Moore's James Bond flick, "Live and Let Die"--watch it till the end, when Sheriff J. W. Pepper looks at Englishman James Bond and asks a similar question in his inimitable style. Sheriff J.W. Pepper and James Bond
Of course, I explained that I was wearing English riding tack. Mr Little Old Man still looked a bit puzzled, having had no exposure to that sort of thing in the Wild West, but he did stop trembling. Important to wear what is appropriate for the area that you are visiting. I know there will always be boorish, insensitive louts who never consider others, like the time I visited a centuries-old monastery in Cyprus and actually witnessed a shirtless tourist wearing nothing but "Speedo" swim-trunks below his bulging midsection. Come to think of it, that's a situation that also calls to mind "Live and Let Die"! ©M-J de Mesterton, 2016
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Wishing You a Blessed Easter, Elegant Survival Readers
Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2012
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Elegant Still Life Photography by Fine Artist M-J de Mesterton
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"To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Shredded apple and Romaine lettuce adorn a bed of cool brown rice. Please visit Elegant Cook by M-J de Mesterton for this and other elegant macrobiotic recipes.
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Tea Gatherings, Explained
("High Tea" is a Workman's Supper, NOT a Formal Tea as per the Common Misinterpretation of the Term)
Hosting a Tea Party; Formal Tea; the True Definition of "High Tea" is "Workingman's Supper"
|Posted on February 15, 2015 at 4:35 PM|
I made this classic Reine de Saba (Queen of Sheba) cake using Julia Child's recipe, which I found in The French Chef Cookbook, page 285. I believe it is also somewhere on the web. It's a good dessert for those who love almond cake with chocolate icing.
©M-J de Mesterton
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A few years before Facebook, I photographed myself in an elegant robe made of black velvet with white satin trim. It was the sort of thing in which one would not be embarrassed to be seen on an impromptu basis--answering the door to package deliveries, for example. I miss that old robe, but I still have my silk one by Sulka as a consolation.
©M-J de Mesterton 2015
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You ought to consider stocking up on ginger this winter; eating it will help reduce the symptoms and duration of rhinovirus and influenza.
©M-J de Mesterton
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Pierres Précieuses (precious stones) by M-J de Mesterton ©2013,
Oil on Canvas 16" X 20"
Available at Art Gallery Las Vegas
Amber gemstone is believed to prevent memory-loss, and to help purify the body. Amber also alleviates headaches, bone and heart problems. Amber is known for its stress-relieving and calming properties.
Amethyst gemstone reduces insomnia, arthritis, aids in pain relief, and ameliorates circulatory deficiencies. Amethyst is considered to be the gemstone that promotes meditation, personal peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.
Aquamarine gemstone promotes health in the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known to help relieve fear, calm nerves, and enhance mental clarity.
Citrine gemstone is worn to increase the hearing sense. Citrine also promotes personal success, abundance, and clear thinking.
Garnet gemstone improves the function of the circulatory system, heart, and lungs. Garnet is known to promote feelings of love and romantic intimacy.
Jade is known traditionally in China as "Stone of Heaven". Jade promotes closeness to the spiritual world, encourages creativity, and being near it helps us to remember and interpret our dreams. It is prized as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death to its wearer as a powerful healing stone. Jade promotes health of the kidneys and enhances the function of other organs when worn as an amulet. Jade is believed to aid in the acquisition of friendship and luck by repelling negative energy.
Lapis Lazuli gemstone is believed to help alleviate insomnia and depression. Lapis lazuli is also known for promoting creativity, openness, and truthfulness.
Onyx gemstone is associated with the root chakra, thus it brings spiritual inspiration, and supports control over emotions.
Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer, and to possess calming properties.
Peridot gemstone heals stress in relationships, mitigates anger and jealousy, and slows aging. The fresh, green peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.
Ruby gemstones soothe and enhance the emotions. Rubies are also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.
Sapphire is the gemstone of creative expression, inner peace and meditation. The sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.
Topaz gemstone is one of the earth's most powerful rocks. Topaz promotes the balancing of emotions, and provides protection from the greed of others.
©M-J de Mesterton 2014
Jade, Stone of Heaven by M-J de Mesterton ©2009, Oil on Canvas 16" X 20"
Available at Art Gallery Las Vegas