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Archive for August 25th, 2011

Lentil salad with walnuts and herbs

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This recipe looks terrific to me. I’m definitely making it, and the six additional recipes she lists all look good, too.

Here are the ingredients:

1 pound (2 to 2 1/4 cups) dry Umbrian or green French lentils
4 cups chicken broth (optional)
1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 large yellow onion
3 bell peppers (ideally a mix of orange, yellow, and red)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, divided (omit for a vegan salad)
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 teaspoons flaky or kosher salt, or more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

She notes that the pomegranate molasses is a critical ingredient.

UPDATE: Here are the other recipes that looked good:

• Winter Wheat Berry Salad with Figs & Red Onion
• Sweet and Savory Wild Rice Salad
• Warm Chickpea Salad with Cumin & Garlic
• Late Summer Lentil Salad
• Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese
• Five Grain Salad from Emeril Lagasse

Written by LeisureGuy

25 August 2011 at 10:26 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Grub, Recipes

Fascinating and useful book

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I am reading with great interest and enjoyment Timothy D. Wilson’s Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious, about the role our unconscious self plays in our lives and, to some extent, how our conscious selves can gain the cooperation of the unconscious.

So when I saw that he has a new book out, I immediately ordered a copy, which arrived yesterday. Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change is already amazing. Wilson is a scientist, and like any scientist he strives to base conclusions on evidence, which necessarily involves collecting evidence—a step frequently omitted in designing social and psychological intervention programs. He begins the book with a description of the well-known CISD techniques frequently used in the aftermath of disasters. CISD = Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. This is the technique in which immediately after some traumatic incident (a mass shooting, for example) trained mental-health professionals meet with survivors and help them with debriefing, taking them through the incidents, helping them with their emotional responses, providing information on what to expect (nightmares, flashbacks, etc.), and in general helping them get over the incident and back into normal life.

That approach is so obviously the right way to go that it took a while before anyone started doing studies. Then they compared it to, for example, simply leaving the survivors alone and then, three or four months later, asking them to spend a few evenings writing about the incident and what it meant to them in their lives. No one else would read what they wrote, so they were free to write whatever they wished.

A comparison of outcomes—fully described in the book—shows that the CISD approach is worse than ineffective, it is highly damaging. The second approach, in contrast, really works and works well, for reasons he explains.

If you’re interested in your mind and your life, I highly recommend this book. And Strangers to Ourselves is quite good as well.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 August 2011 at 10:01 am

Breaking in the brush

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This Semogue brush is far from being broken in. I had to return to the soap and regen the lather for each pass. On the third pass, I got out my soapstone lathering bowl and brushed the lather vigorously in that, as much for brush break-in as for the lather (which was, BTW, significantly improved).

Still, I managed, and I think the brush—once its spirit is broken—will be good. And I certainly like the soap.

Three very smooth passes with a Feather blade in the Edwin Jagger DE89, a small dab of Coral Skin Food, and I’m ready to wait for the final proof, to be delivered this evening.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 August 2011 at 9:12 am

Posted in Shaving

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