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Teakwood and Rose—and a GOPM contest for free shaving soap

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Today’s shave was to test the Omega Bambino shown, which I used in yesterday’s shave with Mike’s Natural shave soap, having to return to the tub to refresh the lather for the third pass. I have that problem with Mike’s Natural soaps and this morning’s shave convinced me that the problem is not the brush: I loaded it with Strop Shoppe’s Special Edition Teakwood shave soap and had copious amounts of superb lather for all three passes. In a way, though, this is not a fair test, since the Strop Shop Special Edition shaving soap is among the very best soaps (if not the best) that I’ve tried. Still: there it is. I will try Mike’s Natural again, using the Rooney Finest brush and see whether I can load the brush sufficiently to get the lather to last. Based on my experience so far, though, I find this soap not fully satisfactory, though I know many like it. I’m hoping that some of those who do will try a side-by-side comparison with (say) this Strop Shoppe soap and let me know their impressions of how the two compare. For me, it’s no contest.

With my beard wonderfully lathered, the bakelite slant with an Astra Superior Platinum blade did its usual magic. What are we going to do when Italian Barber exhausts his stock of these? I can only hope that he (or someone) can commission Merkur to do a special run to replenish the supply. This really is one of the best razors going, regardless of price (and the price for these is modest).

To end the shave, a good splash of Saint Charles Shave Savory Rose. Again, the rose fragrance developed over several minutes, though I believe this must be a fragrance oil, based on the price. And, BTW, the notion “essential oil = good, fragrance oil = bad” is simply wrong: each type has its virtues, and selecting which to use depends on many factors. See, for example, this explanation.

I like the Savory Rose aftershave, but then I generally like Saint Charles Shave aftershaves: they’re just excellent and at reasonable prices. Give them a try. (She does sell samples.)

Now, the contest. When I published my review of Strop Shoppe’s Special Edition shave soap in Wicked_Edge, the proprietor offered to let me run a contest with the prize being the winner’s choice of a Special Edition shaving soap. This is that contest. Decision of the judge is final; offer void where prohibited by law; relatives of judge not eligible; etc.

I fairly often blog a recipe I made up for a Glorious One-Pot Meal (GOPM). Here is the most recent example, which I’ve edited to include a compete description of what exactly a GOPM is. Yarnell’s cookbook, referenced in that post, is likely to be available in your local library, and in any event the idea is simple. You can review all my GOPM posts to get an idea of how they work.

The contest: Add a comment to this post that contains a GOPM recipe in the usual format: a list of layers from the bottom up. That is sufficient. Include measurements when appropriate (especially measurements of the starch, the protein, and the oil). But you can skip measurements in some cases—e.g., the final layer can be simply “Fill the remaining space with frozen cut green beans.” (Frozen vegetables, by the way, cook fine in a GOPM: no need to thaw.)

Next Friday morning, I will pick the winner. Enter your true email address, which I’ll use to email the winner to find which Special Edition soap is desired and to get the shipping address to which to mail it. If an invalid email address is entered (my email bounces), I’ll move to the second-place entry, and so on. (Fairly often when I’ve tried to email a commenter, I find that the email address entered does not work.)

If you have any questions, post them in the comments and I’ll answer; I’ll not respond individually to the entries, though I’ll read them with great interest.

Let the entries begin!

Written by LeisureGuy

2 November 2012 at 8:28 am

Posted in Food, GOPM, Recipes, Shaving

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  1. We need a smart person to scan and print this slant when Italian Barber runs out.

    middlesmith

    2 November 2012 at 8:32 am

  2. Dynamite idea. However, the manufactured version does use metal inserts for the threaded parts, and that would not work with a simple scan/3-D print. But I imagine workarounds are possible.

    LeisureGuy

    2 November 2012 at 8:38 am

  3. Right — those would be post-printing inserts. Probably pretty simple. It probably would have been a separate step in the original manufacturing.

    middlesmith

    2 November 2012 at 8:41 am

  4. I can’t get over how efficient the slant is. So smooth. Also do you ever use cologne and aftershave or just aftershave alone? Thanks

    fourcooks2000

    2 November 2012 at 11:52 am

  5. I generally use just aftershave. On non-shave days I’ll use cologne, and sometimes a little spray at night just to enhance sleep. Vol de Nuit by Guerlain is very nice, for example.

    LeisureGuy

    2 November 2012 at 12:18 pm

  6. Just received mine and a stick of Speik. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s shave. Also ordered a “Guard” single blade cartridge razor from India: Gillette’s attempt to convert that market from DE to cartridges at a very low entry price.

    Steve

    2 November 2012 at 1:08 pm

  7. Here is my submission for the contest:

    1/2 cup converted rice
    10 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 large spanish onion, diced
    1 small bunch italian parsley, chopped
    1/2 lb swordfish steak
    1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
    2 Roma or beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
    1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced into strips
    Sprinkling of dried red bell pepper
    Several grinds of black pepper

    Pour Over:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    3 tbsp lemon juice, or the juice of a half lemon
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tsp ground ginger

    Shake well and pour over the top. Cover, cook in 450ºF oven for 45 minutes.

    The Barrister

    2 November 2012 at 6:06 pm

  8. Perhaps not a “proper” one-pot meal as you’ve dubbed it, but it is what it is.
    What it is, my friends, is chili.
    The specifics are of course a closely guarded family secret (mostly the brand names that truly give it the correct flavor), but here’s what I *can* tell you-
    (please note, this recipe is scalable, and usually you’ll just multiply everything by some constant depending on how big your cooking vessel is)
    1 lb ground beef (85 lean)
    1 can [REDACTED] baked beans
    1 can [REDACTED] red kidney beans
    1 half can [REDACTED] white hominy
    “a normal batch” of our special seasoning/spice blend- though 1 packet of [REDACTED] brand taco seasoning will suffice in a pinch

    Brown the meat, drain off the drippings, re-adding about 1/5 of them to the pot
    Drain the kidney beans and the hominy (NOT the baked beans), and throw everything in to the pot.
    Mix well
    Simmer until hot

    Serve over just about anything- the recommended course of action is of course serving over Fritos and dousing with cheese.

    jbucky1092

    4 November 2012 at 1:03 pm

  9. I declare The Barrister to be the winner; he and Kali (of Strop Shoppe) have been notified, so he soon will be enjoying his tub of Strop Shoppe Special Edition shaving soap.

    LeisureGuy

    9 November 2012 at 2:05 pm

  10. Here is my recipe for the quickest, easiest, most flexible, most delicious, and most nutritious stew ever. Serves 2-4

    INGREDIENTS:
    1 head of garlic
    1 medium white or yellow onion
    unsalted butter
    olive oil
    salt & pepper
    fresh herbs — sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, or some selection thereof
    chile pepper (flakes or fresh & diced, if some spicey kick is desired)
    1 can chicken broth, unsalted
    1 can chile (meat or vegetarian, your choice). Low salt if possible.
    optional: 1 cup or more of already cooked rice, barley, pilaf, or the like.
    whatever vegetables you have on hand (suggestions: broccoli, mustard greens, celery, carrots, kale, chard).
    -Cheese of your choice, grated, or sour cream

    -Place a 4-6 qt. pot on medium heat
    -Mince 1 to 3 cloves garlic (depending on your taste)
    -1 medium white or yellow onion (sliced fine, with the slices then cut in roughly two-inch lengths)
    -Put 1 TB butter in pot
    -After butter begins to brown, add 1 TB olive oil
    -Add garlic & onions, and approx. 1/2 tsp. salt, with pepper to taste, and sautee, stirring occasionally
    -While above is sauteeing, mince 1-2 TB of fresh herbs.
    -Add herbs to pot when the onion/garlic mix is just beginning to brown. Continue sauteeing for a minute or so, stirring regularly.
    -When mix finishes browning, add the can of chicken stock
    -While mix is coming to a boil, begin chopping the vegetables in roughly 1-inch cubes. Prep & add them to the pot in the order in the ingredients list above, since they are listed according to their cooking times. Specifically, the broccoli & mustard greens take longest; celery and carrots go in roughly 5 minutes later, kale several minutes after that; and the chard just a few minutes before the final step.
    -Once the mix seems cooked to your liking (all greens soft but not gray), add the can of chili, and the pre-cooked rice if you have it.
    -Stir until hot, taste for salt & pepper quotient, and serve — with dollops of cheese and/or sour cream, as desired.

    If you don’t have the rice and want more starch, this stew can be served with bread on the side. But since the call here was for a true one-pot meal, I thought the bread might be cheating.

    Eat this a few times a week and you will live long enough to see Gillette bring back the Fat Boy.

    Enjoy.

    Todd O.

    13 November 2012 at 5:53 am

  11. Sounds delicious. Contest, however, is over—but I’m delighted to get the recipe. 🙂

    LeisureGuy

    13 November 2012 at 7:08 am


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