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Chickpea Curry (vegan)

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The Eldest sent me this recipe, which won first place in the vegan category of her workplace crockpot bakeoff.

Chickpea Curry

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas (about 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas, if you prefer to cook dried peas)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes, either canned or skinned, cored, seeded fresh
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon curry powder, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika [NOTE: adjust according to spiciness preference – use less if you do not like medium-spicy food]
  • 1/4 and 1/4 cup of lemon juice, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby spinach, chopped
  1. Heat the oil on medium heat in a pan, and sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger for seven minutes (or until golden brown).
  1. Add in 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder and 1/4 cup of lemon juice – cook on high heat for 1 more minute or until the lemon juice evaporates.
  1. Transfer the onion mix to a slow cooker, and add remaining ingredients except for the spinach.
  1. Heat on low (200ºF) for six hours (or on high (300ºF) for four hours).
  1. Before serving, stir in the spinach, and heat for five more minutes.

I don’t currently have a crockpot, I just put a pot in the oven at the appropriate temperature, shown above.

Written by LeisureGuy

21 November 2015 at 4:13 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

States that have surrendered to ISIS: Those that gave up without a fight

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You can see which states immediately cave when threatened. No fight in ’em.

UPDATE: Didn’t Texas used to be brave? No more.

We need some revisions to the national anthem. “Home of the brave” seems grossly inaccurate nowadays.

Written by LeisureGuy

21 November 2015 at 3:34 pm

Another SE razor: The Ever-Ready Shovel Head

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SOTD 21 Nov 2015

This razor, unlike the OneBlade, takes a standard single-edge blade, and I got a sampler packet of 5 from Tryablade.com.

The Omega brush continues to be a wonderfully soft brush, one that I delight in using. Loading it with the Meißner Tremonia Black Beer No. 1 took a little more water than I expected. I started as usual with a (previously soaked) brush that I wet well under the hot-water tap and then shook a couple of times to remove excess water. As I brushed the puck, the soap/lather started to move up into the brush, but I noticed it was limited to the tips. So I added a driblet of water to the brush and returned to the puck for more loading. When I do this, I initially see a little water on the surface of the soap, and I brush that until it’s gone: it gets mixed into the soap/lather moving into the brush. This worked the lathered/loaded part of the brush a bit higher into the brush, but it still wasn’t where I wanted it, so another driblet of water onto the brush and then brushed onto the soap. I had to do this one more time—three driblets in all—before the brush was fully load, but then it did a great job.

What was interesting to me is that by now I can clearly see when more loading is needed and when a bit more water will help. Experience pays off, in time—but of course time is the essence of experience, that and taking notice.

The Ever-Ready Shovel head is an interesting razor. Unlike, say, the GEM Heavy Duty SE razor, the Shovel Head’s cap is hinged at the front, not the back. In the photo you’ll see the open razor which shows that more clearly. Open razorIt was a little tricky to load—lack of experience is all—but soon I had it ready to shave. The edge of the top cap seemed misaligned to the edge of the blade, but the blade’s edge was aligned with the guard, so I began.

It is not a terribly comfortable razor for me, but that has several possible causes:

  • my own lack of experience with the razor
  • the depth of the head
  • the shortness of this particular handle

I got no cuts and the result is a BBS finish: it’s an efficient little bugger. Though I continue to favor the DE format, this razor is quite good and worth seeking out for SE fans.

It was a three-pass shave. I read recently where someone said that one can omit the WTG pass, which is doubtless true, but I continue doing the first pass WTG for several reasons: first, I actually enjoy shaving, so cutting out one pass goes against the grain (as it were); second, the WTG pass acts for me as sort of a warm-up, like a practice stroke in golf; third, the WTG does remove some stubble (though of course it leaves a lot, as you can tell when you rinse following the pass—that’s why I suggest that men who prefer a look with visible stubble, as though they were a bum, might consider a one-pass shave: WTG only).

A good splash of Stirling’s Lemon Chill and the vacation week begins. (The Wife is taking the week off, so we are taking it easy.)

If you’re traveling for the holiday, I wish you a safe journey and happy arrival.

Written by LeisureGuy

21 November 2015 at 9:29 am

Posted in Shaving

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