Imagine my smile when I learned that my fall back lunch of convenience, ramen noodles with a handful of frozen vegetables, is really cutting edge foodie worthy. Author Sarah Child has a book, Rah! Rah! Ramen , with over 50 recipes to glam up the modest ramen noodle. While aimed at college students, these aren’t the ordinary noodles I ate twice last week. For more on the culinary creativity of Ms. Childs, and how others are weighing in on the heightened acclaim of ramen, check out this story from Minnesota Public Radio. ramen
My older daughter is a vegetarian, so when she is around, we seem to always have those preformed veggie or soy patties or bean burgers from Bocca or Morning Star on hand. She says they taste fine, but for a cost of $1.00 a patty, on sale, it seems we should be able to do better than fine. A thank you goes to Jack Monroe, who blogs in the United Kingdom as A Girl Called Jack. a girl... I’ll probably reference her frequently in future blogs, as an example of someone who really has figured out purposeful living, and at a very young age. She has adapted pantry shelves of uninspiring canned staples into some visually stunning, and by her huge number and still growing follower’s opinions, tasty low cost dishes. I modified her kidney bean burger to use my American cupboard staple of chili beans. Delicious! While my youngest wasn't won over, my husband loved them as well, and even requested them to be made again, which I did last night, since the kid was still on a church mission trip. Next time, I'll make a reserve batch; bye-bye frozen preformed patties, which quite frankly, sort of left a weird smell lingering in the kitchen. I’m feeling very mid-western foody chic right now.
ahh, the humble ramen