How a rice ball character of charaben (character bento) was made?

Start with a plain rice ball

Cut eyepieces from nori

Place eyepieces on rice ball

Punch eyes from fish sausage or ham and pupils from nori

Assemble eyes

Add ears (black bean) and nose (cut from nori using punch)

Finished products with accessories

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Study Raise Awareness of Acetaminophen in Pain Reliever to Prevent Harm

People take billions of doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol every year, but many do not pay attention to the active ingredients they contain, such as acetaminophen, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. That lack of knowledge about popular pain relievers plus particular ignorance of acetaminophen’s presence in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines could be a key reason acetaminophen overdose has become the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.

The study reported only 31 percent of participants knew Tylenol contained acetaminophen. In addition, 75 percent of participants knew Bayer contained aspirin; 47 percent knew Motrin contained ibuprofen; 19 percent knew Aleve contained naproxen sodium; and 19 percent knew Advil contained ibuprofen.

The solution proposed by the researchers is to develop a universal icon for acetaminophen that would appear on all medicine labels.

It may also be difficult to identify the drugs in some medicine. Acetaminophen is called APAP on prescription medications.

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Seafood Pasta

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion , diced
1 cup diced fennel bulb
2 cloves garlic , minced
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes
3/4 cup dry white wine
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 lb mussels
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb linguine
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Method

  1. In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion, fennel, garlic, bay leaves and salt until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, breaking up with spoon. Add wine, tomato paste, paprika, Italian seasoning and hot pepper flakes; cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, scrub mussels and remove any beards; discard any that do not close when tapped. Add to pan along with shrimp, stirring to coat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels open and shrimp turn pink, 7 to 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves and any mussels that do not open.
  4. Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package instructions. Serve topped with mussel mixture. Sprinkle with minced parsley.

Source: Canadian Living