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Japanese Kimchi

October 31, 2010 by  

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You’re probably wondering why you’re seeing a recipe for kimchi on a Japanese food blog, but Japanese people their love Korean food. Yes, the politics are hazy at times, but there’s no doubt that Korean food is a favorite in Japan. In Osaka, there is a large Korean community and many authentic Korean restaurants. My office threw my welcome party at a Yakinikuya in Tsuruhashi, which is a district in Osaka known for their Korean food. Many items are catered to Japanese tastes but it’s still pretty close. Chinese food in Japan on the other hand is way off from the real thing. Anyway I digress. Kimchi is very popular and you can find it at any grocery store or combini (convenience store) in Japan. This is the easy Japanese version of kimchee…at least it’s how most Japanese people make it…at least it’s how I think they make it…actually it’s how my mom makes it and she’s Japanese so I equate that as being Japanese. Ingredients
half of a medium hakusai (0.3 lbs)
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. dried chili powder
3 tbsp. kimuchi no moto (kimchee base)*
2…

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World Economic Forum, MENA at Marrakech, 2010

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The World Economic Forum of the Middle East and North Africa was held this year in Marrakech, Morocco. IMG_3751
The main themes centered around Key Drivers for Development, Energy, and building up the middle classes – though the perennial problems of lack of education, lack of skilled labor, the gender gap,
lack of ability to implement innovation, and so on.
I spoke on the “Low Carbon or Low Cost” Panel at the WEF Forum and joined the 800 delegates attending from all the MENA countries and many other countries from around the world at this globally famous Forum. The event has expanded way beyond its original Davos routes.
Apparently, most Arab states seem to have emerged from the recent economic crisis in relatively good stead.  Yet for all the talk of opportunities in the MENA region, the Arab world is still grappling with a slew of age-old now, challenges – not least a huge increase in their young population coming into the work force ill-prepared for the work of 21st century workers. And more than 60% of the population of the MENA region, is below the age of 25.
There was general consensus that this conference was


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From the Bayou to You

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OK, it’s probably too late for you to plan to go on tomorrow’s guided tours, but don’t fret. If you’re driving near Covington, Louisiana, on any Saturday morning (except major holiday weekends), you can take a tour of Heiner Brau, 226 Lockwood Street, Covington, Louisiana, at 10, 10:45 or 11:30 a.m. This microbrewery (not far from Covington Trailhead Park and Visitors Center) is a reminder of the many German breweries that once operated in the Greater New Orleans area — the “Brewing Capital of the South.” They do several seasonal brews, including Festbier Oktoberfest — available through November, and Mardi Gras Festbier, a Bavarian-style lager on tap December through February. But, their year ’round stalwarts are Kölsch (a light, crisp, clean and fresh golden beer popular in Cologne), Maerzen (monks called it “liquid bread”), and Strawberry Ale (don’t ask; it’s a Louisiana regional favorite).


Niagara Falls: Nature Gone Wild

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Apprehension seized me full bloom–
RV -doom caravans. Niagara Falls blooms in my memory. Booms in my minds clouds. Everyone should see this wonder in all of its majestic glory. Hurry… Shit’s about to get gory The Fifth-wheel Caravans’ a-comin American Nightmare… Into my minds’ eye I stare: I must have been but nine When my own eyes had stopped time. and All I could hear was the Recycling of a booming. Nothing could ever stop This. Perpetual motion… back then, when I said This, I meant the Falls of Niagara. And I wondered what the Indians called it and if the candy in my pocket was gonna get soggy and useless. Perpetual motion… today –the flocks of people, tour buses, passes, the masses, the malls… the rangers, the stalls, I pinch my balls. above it all… still- moving The falls… Millions of gallons of water falling over a rock face. falling for hundreds of feet and hitting the water and the rocks below the splash splintering until it forms into mist and it floats up and you can be the particles themselves if you close your eyes just for a moment If…

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Texsport Hard Anodized Cookware

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Texsport 3 1/2 qt cook pot, Hard Anodized
Texsport 8 1/2″ Frypan, Hard Anodized
Texsport Hard Anodized Cookware
The Trailblazer trio is what we’ve got, one fry pan and two cook pots. Nothing sticks, they’re easy to clean, makes cooking on the road something like a dream. Cleaning the cookware has been very easy; most of the time I don’t even need to use soap. However, I do wish that the designers had gone with welding the handle on instead of stapling, which warrants need for extra parts that collect food gunk.  If the handle was welded on, and the seams sanded down smooth, then there would be no crevices for nasty bits to rest in.  The faster and easier cookware can be washed in the wild, the better.  The set is very durable and withstands open fire cooking easily. I have noticed though that the bottom of one pot developed a scratchy texture after cooking in a bed of hot coals.  I didn’t notice until  I found tiny scratches in the fry pan.  The pot sits inside…

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Turkey and Hijiki Niku Dango (Meatball)

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I recently came across a ground chicken meatball similar to this recipe and I liked it so much that I decided to come up with my own version. I altered the recipe to turkey because I didn’t want to grind up my own chicken and I didn’t want to go all the way to the closest Japanese market and I ended up liking the turkey more than the chicken. The hijiki hardly adds flavor to the meatball because the turkey flavor is so strong but I think it’s something fun in terms color, and it has all the healthy benefits of hijiki if you don’t care for how hijiki tastes. Therefore, if you don’t have hijiki or it’s difficult to come by, by all means omit it. It will still taste good. The water chestnuts are a must however. They add a nice texture and give this meatball Asian flare. I baked these little guys but you can also pan fry them and I think they turn out a little more moist. I wanted to keep these meatballs as low maintenance as I could when I have to take them to parties, and I also think they look prettier when…

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The U.S. Army Blogs and Shows Up To Tell Stories: #BWE10

October 31, 2010 by  

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Listen to a drill sargent’s life and why the U.S. Army showed up at BlogWorldExpo to promote and talk about army life. Jonathon is one of the many bloggers who is telling his story. He writes about his trips, including the feelings he has when he is on the ground. Andre Dean also talks about his ‘stories’ as well as why he blogs. Have a listen.


Listen

October 31, 2010 by  

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We all hate it when we feel unheard yet most of us also love the sound of our own voice. How unusual then the person who listens intently to you as if you are a great unread novel and they lost in your pages? What  lovers quarrels might not be if only one or other had made their paramour feel heard? In commerce where else have so many a fortune been lost than in the deaf ears of those who are so full of their rightness? So first quiet the mind, come to the Caribbean and bask on a sandy shore and take in the sounds of the waves. If not there then perhaps meditate on the even flow of your breath and find calm amongst the cities chaos. Give up that you are right in all things and let go that your opinions need airing, even the quickest wit appears drab next to the rapt gaze of a good listener. Instead lock your views away for a time and take in the whole of your interlocutor, listen to their words and their face, hear with your eyes and your ears. Do not replay what you hear like a broken…

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