M-J’s elegant recipe for hommos bi tahini, hummus bi tahine, tahina or whichever way you prefer to spell chickpea and sesame dip: mash the chickpeas and add sesame paste, preferably a very liquid one with lots of natural oil in it, and squeeze into this mixture the juice of a lemon, add salt, red pepper and olive oil to your taste. Mix until almost smooth. Serve hummus bi tahini with warm pita bread, Moroccan olives, shawarma, and whatever else you have on your meze table. Hummus is a perfect dip for summer entertaining. And without the very inelegant addition of raw garlic, which no one will miss, this dip is more socially acceptable. The lemon component is very refreshing, the sesame paste is tasty, and the garbanzos (chick-peas) are light and airy. Combining these simple ingredients results in a magical dish that is very popular at parties.
In New Mexico where it originated, the Green Chile Cheeseburger reigns supreme. Simply fry your burgers, then add as many chopped green chiles on top as you like, then add a slice of your favourite cheese and broil for a minute. Monterey Jack is popular, as is Cheddar. Lettuce, mayonnaise and pickles are optional. Zesty Southwestern Hamburger Dressing Drain and chop finely a couple of dill pickle spears or a handful of hamburger dill slices. Shred and chop a cup of lettuce. Drain a small can of chopped green chiles in a sieve, pressing until they are as dry as possible. Ortega Fire-Roasted, Diced Green Chiles Old El Paso Green Chiles by the Case In a mixing-bowl, combine these vegetables with a half-cup of mayonnaise, gently blending the ingredients together for an elegant and refreshing southwestern-style hamburger sauce. A bit of ground pepper and/or 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder may be added to absorb excess moisture and impart extra flavour to the mixture. Amounts of these ingredie
Canapés are elegant appetisers that use bread or toast as a base for decoratively arranged bits of food. Meats, cheese and vegetables are elegantly placed inside these toasted bread cups. These elegant offerings are always welcome with drinks before dinner, or as part of a cocktail buffet.
Havarti, the Famous Mild Cheese from Denmark Havarti or Cream Havarti (Fløde Havarti in Danish) is a semi-soft Danish cow's milk cheese. It is a table cheese that can be sliced, grilled, or melted. Havarti cheese was created by Hanne Nielsen, who operated an experimental farm called Havarthigaard in Øverød, Denmark, in the mid-19th century. Havarti is made by introducing rennet to milk, thus promoting curdling. The curds are drained by being pressed into cheese mould and then aged. Havarti is a washed-curd cheese, which contributes to its subtle flavour. Havarti is a smooth, interior-ripened cheese that is rindless and of a cream-to-yellow hue, depending on its degree of aging. It has tiny, irregular openings ("eyes") distributed throughout, like smaller versions of the holes inherent in Swiss cheese. Havarti has a buttery aroma and can be somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties. The taste is also quite buttery, and Havartis range in type from somewhat sweet t
From a very high region of Italy, near a dormant volcano called Il Vulture, comes an unique red wine by Elena Fucci, who revived her family's vineyards with great success. Titolo Aglianico del Vulture, of any vintage, makes a wonderful gift for the wine enthusiast.
Stainless Lux of San Francisco makes an elegant, high-quality juicer that comes in a fabric drawstring pouch. The affordable way to juice oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes: Stainless Lux Update, March 2022: I have now owned this Stainless LUX juicer for eleven years; it still looks and works like brand-new. ♥ M-J de Mesterton