Friday, December 31, 2010

Ramen Week, Part Three: Sesame Ramen

Don't miss parts One and Two of Ramen Week!

Part Three of Ramen Week brings us a fittingly Asian-inspired recipe. This dish was extremely easy to make, and extremely flavorful, requiring very few ingredients that weren't already in my cupboard.



3 packages of instant noodles, salt packets discarded
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, or equivalent
3/4 t. ground ginger
3 scallions, sliced
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Considering this recipe is so quick to make, I would cook the noodles as soon as possible. This dish is best served at room temperature, so you'll need to rinse the noodles in cold water after you drain them, and keep them either in the fridge or on the countertop.

During the cooldown, you can make the sauce. In a food processor, blend the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger.

Toast the sesame seeds in an ungreased pan until they brown.

Mix everything together and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ramen Week Cop-Out Event!

Apparently, it was a bad idea to start a week-long event right before several crazy days at work, a Christmas trip, and spending 12 hours in a car in a crazy blizzard. Ramen Week Pt 2 is almost a week later than Part One, and for that I am sorry!

This installment of TTF's Ramen Week is brought to you by three awesome ingredients:


Bet you can't even guess to what awesomeness this will lead.

That's right, the next edition of culinary mastery is Ramen & Meatballs! To imitate this work of gastronomical art (if you dare!), you will need:

4 baggies of instant noodles (sans packets)
1 29-oz jar of your preferred pasta sauce
1 20-oz package of frozen meatballs
For razzle dazzle: A 2-oz can of sliced black olives, and grated Parmesan cheese for topping(neither pictured).

1. Prepare noodles and meatballs to package instructions.
2. Heat sauce.
3. Mix everything together.

Voila!

Okay, so I realize this is the cop-out-iest recipe I could come up with, but if someone is substituting ramen for real food, they probably aren't in the interest of making anything terribly expensive and/or complicated.

I am also stalling for time right now because I am hesitant to post the absolutely gross, nonetheless delicious, picture of this faux-spaghetti concoction. It was almost as hideous as my boyfriend:


Handsome. Charming. Handsome and charming.

I could post nonsensical pictures all day, but it won't let me escape from the truth. Here is the ugly snapshot, but rest assured, this is actually both edible and super-delicious, and NOT at all radioactive or poisonous.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HOLY JEEZ, IT'S FINALLY TWIRLING TOWARDS FREEDOM'S (x3) RAMEN WEEK!!!!!

RAMEN WEEK! RAMEN WEEK! RAMEN WEEK!

THIS. IS. RAMEN WEEK. Ramen week is going to be five to seven days (depending on laziness of author) of recipes involving everyone's favorite cheap garbage food: instant noodles!

Ramen week has finally come to fruition, but it is an idea that was conceived 11 months ago by my pal Justin, first mentioned in this entry back in January, when my job at the time used to temporarily lay me off for weeks around the holidays, Sean was just starting his new job, and we pretty much had negative money. If you didn't click or TL;DR, here is an excerpt:

Secondly, you may have noticed a Paypal donation box on the left of the screen. Due to reasons beyond my control, I am almost totally broke! In an effort to save money, unfortunately this expensive hobby might have to be first to go. THE MAN is threatening to take away my very livelihood! Now, I'm not going to beg, but listen to this 100% true story (swear to God):

My friend Justin donated ten dollars last night through Paypal, to help me out and to hopefully fund an upcoming "Twirling Towards Freedom's Ramen Week" (course, now I have to hold a Ramen Week! See? This is what happens when you sell out - controlled content! :P). Anyway, apparently this nice gesture granted him super super karma, as today he got a super super raise at work. Apparently it pays to help me out! :D


So, essentially, I'm pretty much the worst friend ever because I sure didn't use those ten dollars towards Ramen Week, though I was probably eating ramen every day that week. Coupled with the fact that I've lost several bets over the year in which the payoff was "finally do Ramen Week", and he and the woman took me to Medieval Times for my B-Day, and I feel that the statute of limitations for "not be a shitty friend" is probably a year, HERE IS RAMEN WEEK. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

So, I decided to use ramen in five different ways, and the dishes will range from completely-bogus to total-copout. Considering the main idea was to show things you can do with ramen, I tried to make the stuff relatively cheap and low on ingredients, but still awesome and delicious, WITHOUT the use of the blood-congealing MSG packet!

So without further adieu, I present the first entry: Mushroom Ramen Stroganoff!



Here are the ingredients. In case you can't tell, I like to shop at Giant.

Olive oil
1 pint of sliced mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2 packs of instant noodles
1 T. of flour
1 t. of Dijon mustard
2 bouillon cubes or equivalent (I used beef.)
Water (not pictured!)
1/2 Cup of sour cream
Salt + Pepper

I have to say, one advantage to using ramen in place of noodles is the time saving factor! I started boiling my water for the noodles before anything else, but you could start at any time since the process is so quick!

First, over high, heat enough oil for your mushrooms and onion (I don't measure, so you're on your own!), and add them when the oil is ready. Saute about five minutes.

Add the flour and cook for one minute. Add the mustard and bouillon cubes AND 1.5-2 cups of water. I used 2 cups, and I had a lot of moderately thin sauce, so if you'd rather have thicker sauce, I would say use 1 or 1.5 cups. Basically it's up to you; you can always add more water, you can't really take it away. Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Don't forget the noodles, because now would be a good time to make them!

Finally, add the sour cream, salt, and pepper, and simmer for a minute or so until the sauce is proper. Serve over ramen!


Finished product. Serves 2 starving jackals - the portions are as big as you see here.
Recipe adapted from The Healthy Calendar!

Friday, December 10, 2010

With Apologies to George Michael

Last Christmas,
I gave you my cat,
But the very next day,
You gave him right back.

Thiiiiiiiis yeeeeeear,
To save us from tears,
I'm gonna buy him a muzzle.



Merry Fucking Christmas, Love Lucifer Shadowkins!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!!!!!

Tomorrow, the ultimate battle of good vs. evil will be waged.

I can only pray that JUSTICE PREVAILS!