Friday, August 16, 2013

Japanese ramen......................with a vegetarian twist

Yesterday I decided to watch the movie Ramen Girl. it's a story about a girl stranded in japan after being dumped by her boyfriend and while there she learns to cook ramen. Not cinematic genius but a decent movie.
Me being the cooking nerd that I am decided that I was going to learn to cook ramen myself. Of course going to japan and being taught by a ramen master is unfortunately not in the budget, so I enrolled in the cooking school of Google. the first step for me was finding a suitable noodle recipe, that was tough due to the fact that most recipes relied on volume measurements, and being a stickler for accuracy in dough recipes, I wanted a recipe where the measurements were in weights. I finally came across and excellent recipe on Cooking From The Heart where the noodles were the exact recipe I was looking for. the one problem was that the rest of the recipe was decidedly not vegetarian.
So that was the extent of my traditionalism, my broth is a very simple miso broth.
 I happened to have white miso in my freezer so it worked out. I also added a pinch of garlic and ginger along with some black pepper. I was pretty tasty though not very authentic I'm sure
the next hurdle was the toppings as i guess they would be called.I decided to choose a variety of vegetables that I thought would add visual interest and also have compatible flavors. I chose zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, and edamame. I steamed all but the carrots because the carrots added a bit of texture.
I also decided to add some vegetarian sausage for added color.
I didn't take any pictures of my noodle making process, however there are plenty in progress picture along with the recipe on Cooking from the heart so be sure to check them out.
I am aware that the noodles look very similar to package ramen, and in a pinch pagkaged ramen could be used but it isn;t quite as good. Anyway now that we have the components Its time to build the soup. first into the bowl is  the broth, followed by the noodles, and then the veggies and sausage are arranged on top.
And voila! you have Ramen.
And this is my bowl about 5 minutes later. It was pretty good.(i'm aware that it's horrible to eat ramen with a fork and not chopsticks but I didn't have any).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Becoming aware of what we eat

I'm sure you've heard the old expression "don't shop hungry" you are bound to buy junk food that you don;t need to eat and don't necessarily even like. your hunger clouds your judgement and you are much less aware of what you are choosing. I'm realizing the truth of this more and more this week. I've been trying to be vegan for a week and it is a lot more difficult than i expected. It's not that i crave dairy or eggs because i really don't I've been perfectly content without them. the problem is that there have been occasions this week where I've eaten animal products without even thinking about it. for example i met a friend for breakfast today, and i consciously asked for no cheese on my sandwich, however i completely spaced out and ordered yogurt. i'm less upset about breaking my vegan-ism than i am about how unaware was about what i was eating.

We as Americans often eat the most convenient food available without regard for nutrition. this is a big part of why there is an epidemic of obesity in this country. there is a fast food restaurant on every corner and we've all but done away with cooking and eating meals as family units. i'm not saying that we all need to survive on carrot sticks and water but if everyone took a moment before they ate to think about what they are eating. it may not make a difference for some people but me personally if i sit and think about what i'm eating i am much more likely to choose a healthy alternative than just grab the first thing i see.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bucket List

this is a list that will probably always be growing and changing
  1. write a novel
  2. learn to sing and write a song
  3. start a clothing line 
  4. grow my hair past my waist
  5. visit a foreign country

vegan for a week

While i have been vegetarian for most of my life i have one very bad animal product addiction...............CHEESE. my friends even joke about me having a mouse in my stomach that i have to feed. I always respond by squeaking at them. All jokes aside i do feel that I eat too much cheese. this week I am going to attempt a completely vegan diet and see where that gets me with my food craving. i'm not saying i'll never eat cheese again but merely that i'm trying to curb the addiction and reduce the amount. Though i do believe that the factory farming industry in the US is cruel, I'll never be a political militaristic vegan. If people raised their own animals in humane living conditions we would be very much more aware of our foods and in that case i would have much less of an issue with meat. I personally would still never eat meat because i couldn't bring myself to kill an animal so that i could eat it. But i digress the point of this post was to kick off my week of vegan eating. In addition to removing butter cheese eggs and other animal products from my diet i'm also going to place a renewed focus on fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet and focus less on processed foods. this should hopefully not be too difficult due to the fact  most processed foods contain animal products and i will be avoiding them anyway. I do have some special foods to help myself not miss dairy too much and those i will be talking about in my youtube video which i will post below. I am not focusing on the doom and gloom side of veganism for a reason but if you want more information on factory farms and reasons prople become vegan you can check out and/ or the ever controversial .  Anyway i am giving this a try for a week and i will check back in and let you know how it goes and if there are benefits. feel free to comment and i'll try to respond but please refrain from personal attacks.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A poem I wrote a long time ago

 It has been said that everything resolves to dust,
yes dust, the annoying particle that sticks to everything and everyone.
Nothing spared.
Nothing sacred.
Everything began as dust and will end up as dust too.
No matter how much time spent cleaning,
dust will always be there to remind us
That everyone will someday die and
End up being wiped off someone's bookshelf.
This thought frightens many innocent minds
Could this be why we remove dust so diligently,
under the guise of cleanliness?
Unpacking old boxes in the attic,
A cloud of Dust released into the air,
with it comes memories of times past,and premonitions of things to come.
All of this happening during a sneezing fit,
caused by the ancient remains of another time.
In the dust there may be a hint of a favorite grandmother's perfume
Or the sterile smell of medicine,
used to keep grandpa alive despite his allergy to dust.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Other Half

we always use this term to refer to a boyfriend girlfriend husband or wife. sometimes it is used in a negative way, often jokingly. but if we stop to think about it  the person we marry should be the completion of who we are as a person
Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 

jack of all trades master of none

I feel like I've failed at everything I've ever tried. I dropped out of both high school and college. Some people say it's ADD and maybe they're right but i don't know. I'm interested in everything but i never seem to be any good at anything. I love singing and playing musical instruments but i get so frustrated and i just feel like giving up. i also wanted to be an artist but i have no talent in that area. I've had plans to write a novel for several years now but cant seem to focus when it comes to putting pen to paper. I also feel like i'm getting so out of shape even though i keep trying. Believe me I really wish that I could blame it on a disease or disorder and that some sort of treatment or pill would fix me. I know that's not the case i know that the only thing that will help is putting on my big girl panties and dealing with it. i just somehow need to find the motivation to choose things that are important and focus on them. I'm scared to try anything because of  my failures. I have to do something i'm getting tired of failing.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley