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Planning your Bento Box lunch

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I didn’t know about the five-color thing:

Based on traditional Japanese cuisine, the concept of goshiki (five colors) calls for the cook to include at least one dish from each color group, thereby creating a meal that meets various nutritional needs and is pleasing to behold.

Red or orange

Carrots, kabocha squash, red bell peppers, umeboshi (pickled apricots), kidney beans, dried cranberries, akajiso (also known as red shiso), kidney beans, adzuki beans, tomatoes, salmon, pork, beef, oranges, tangerines, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, apples, salsa


Rice, enoki mushrooms, daikon, tofu and soy products, caulifl ower, feta cheese, white beans, potatoes, bamboo shoots, turnips, renkon lotus root, white fish, chicken, onions, white sesame seeds, bean sprouts, pears, leeks, garbanzo beans, hummus, jicama

Black (also purple or brown)

Black olives, mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, portabello), sea vegetables of kombu, hijiki, wakame or nori, black sesame seeds, eggplant, gobo (burdock root), red cabbage, grapes, prunes, raisins, black cherries, grape leaves, figs, plums, blackberries, blueberries, purple cabbage, tapenade


Pineapple, yellow beans, eggs, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, grapefruit, nectarines, peaches, lemons, yuba, squash, plantains, banana


Broccoli, spinach, green beans, green bell pepper, cucumbers, asparagus, aojiso (also known as green shiso), fava beans, cabbage, sprouts, broccoli rabe, edamame, scallions, nira (chives), kiwi, celery, kale, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, pesto

The Second Rule
Try to employ goho, or five cooking methods. Choose from grilling, frying, simmering, steaming, pickling and boiling.

Good article (with recipes) in the Washington Post. They also say where you can buy the boxes:

For bento boxes sold online, check
Korin Japanese Trading Corp. (, (,
Cherry Blossom Gardens (,
Ekitron (, and
Laptop Lunches (

Written by LeisureGuy

7 June 2007 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

Remember physics? It’s gone from UK schools.

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7 June 2007 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Education, Science

Shaving with the Rolls Razor

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The Rolls Razor looks exactly like a small section of straight razor, and you do indeed strop it to sharpen it—the blade is permanent. After you sharpen the blade, you take it off the stropping device, attach the handle, and use it like a safety razor. It even has a sort of blade guard. Here’s a video of a guy using one, thanks to TG, a fellow shaver.

Think of it: no blade expense at all, ever. Take that, Gillette disposable blade/cartridge.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 June 2007 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Shaving, Video

Joe Klein hits the nail on the head

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A recent post in response to Dick Armey:

Dick: Seems to me, reading you this week, that although you’ve left public office, you’re still infected with political blather, Frank Luntz-style. For example, the word “Ownership.” That tested really well in focus groups, but what does it mean? The 47 million people who don’t have health insurance–the vast majority of them hardworking folks who could use some help–don’t “own” an insurance policy. But you’re even opposed to plans like Romney’s (which came out of the Heritage Foundation) which give the working poor the means to choose among private health plans and “own” one. It’s socialism, you say.

But your definition of socialism…

Socialized medicine can take the form of government taking your money and then spending it on insurance. Socialized medicine can take the form of a requirement from government for you to spend money on health insurance. Either way, it is the government making the decision about your money, no matter whether you call it Medicare, Medicaid, or an individual mandate.

…is a smear, the sort of language used in 20-second attack ads, not a definition. I seem to remember socialism defined as state ownership of the means of production. What you’re all het-up about is state regulation–not ownership–of an untrammeled, semi-monopolistic free market. How far do you go, Dick? I mean, paying taxes is a state intervention, too. A military draft is a state intervention–would you rule that out, too, if we faced another existential threat like World War II?And then there’s social security…that poor, little, teeny-tiny, no-risk safety net we have for those who didn’t do so well in life.

I ask, if Social Security is such a great deal, then why is it mandatory?

Since you asked: Because, in a democracy, we have this weird concept: the consent of the governed. Social security ain’t the third rail of American politics for nothing. The people really like it, and have for 70 years now. The fact is, the federal government isn’t some alien import from France, it is the common expression of our desires and purposes as a society. Now I know, Margaret Thatcher said “There’s no such thing as society, only individuals and families.” But I don’t agree with that for one minute. True freedom can only exist within the context of a working society; without it, we have a state of nature–like, say, New Orleans in the days after Katrina.This is not to say that the federal government isn’t barnacled with stupidities after 200+ years of existence. The hardest thing to do in a mature democracy is to scrape the barnacles off the hull. But it seems to me that most of the barnacles in the current system benefit–how to be delicate here?–rich people, not the poor. The $70 billion in corporate welfare, for example. The fact that Republicans keep increasing the tax on work–payroll taxes–and keep reducing the taxes on wealth. No, the barnacles that Republicans complain endlessly about are a rudimentary system of regulations to protect food, drugs, the environment and the safety of the workplace, and a rudimentary system to protect the elderly from sickness and starvation. And when reasonable politicians, Democrats and moderate Republicans, propose even the slightest alteration toward equity, it’s “class warfare.” (Yes, another great focus group term.)

Tell me how treating capital gains the same as other income is “class warfare” while eliminating OSHA inspections isn’t?

And, maybe I missed it, but what was your answer on abandoning pay-go in 2001?

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7 June 2007 at 3:54 pm

Posted in GOP

Doctor verdict

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Saw my doctor as part of follow-up to check-up. My iron is up, probably (I assume) from the 1 Tbsp of blackstrap molasses on my oat groats every morning. Plus I have beef from time to time.

BP was 112/72, which is good. Drinking more fluids has done some good work on some measure. Cholesterol is very good.

He gave me a prescription for Singulair, an allergy medicine that works a treat. I take it as needed—not terribly often.

He’s reading the Guide to Gourmet Shaving and working up nerve to try it.

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7 June 2007 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Daily life, Health

Maybe we can restore habeus corpus

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Today the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an important bill to restore habeas corpus, the sacrosanct Constitutional right to challenge government detention in court, by a vote of eleven to eight.

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7 June 2007 at 10:15 am

Good buy on wild-salmon oil capsules

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48% off, and reasonable shipping costs. I take four 1000-mg capsules daily: two with breakfast, two with dinner. For the omega-3, of course. (Do a search of the blog on “omega” and you can find various articles on its efficacy.)

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7 June 2007 at 8:52 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

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