this took about 10 minutes to make, which is probably going to be standard for the recipes in this book and is exactly the time i have available for feeding myself these days. i'm by no means a fancy person, but if i'm going to buy ramen for home use, i usually get what i call "rich people ramen" which is not expensive at all, but is a little fancier than this 4/$1.00 kind. this book better step up its game soon. i don't think it's sold me on canned spinach, and i did not add the extra salt the recipe called for because that's just crazy talk, but otherwise, not a train wreck! Ramen Cookie Delight MISE: this book is full of lies. first of all, the ingredients call for "semoa" cookies and the book claims: You can buy these by name in any store. Cheesy Ramen3 MISE: first of all, i do not know why this is called cheesy ramen3 (or why that 3 won't stick as an exponent). keep up the good work, book... i used the chicken picante flavor instead of the plain chicken ramen the recipe called for to increase pizzazz. Rootin Tootin Ramen Chili MISE: this is a good idea, in that i never though about adding noodles to chili and making a ramen-chili concoction (this book actually has THREE ramen-chili concoctions), but canned chili is kind of nasty. in any event, chili and ramen, recipe 1: Wanna-Be Italian Ramen MISE: i'm making the ultra-quick ones during the week; the ones i can whip up groggily at 8 am, eat, sleep all afternoon, and then go back to work. it's a vague recipe, calling for "chopped garlic, herbs, and/or spices, to taste," but there's no point where it tells you to actually cook the garlic, and i'm not eating raw garlic in noodles like some beast, so this was not the one-pot dish i thought it was. Zesty Ramen Omelets MISE: a noodle omelet! the recipe told me to use my "favorite" cheese, but i didn't think burrata would work in this environment, so i used a block of velveeta, which is quite good in omelets. Orange PEZ Chicken Soup MISE: i was supposed to garnish this with the pez not actually used in the soup, but there was no picture to show me how to garnish it, so i had to figure it out on my own, although some friends gave me a hand. i like the idea of dissolving pez in broth, and since i had to buy an industrial sized bag of pez just to get enough orange packets to make this recipe (none of the 4-packs or 8-packs contained a single orange pack. and this is how mustard/sour cream soup is made and it does not taste very good. all i know is that it makes a fine homunculus rrraarrrrrrr despite forcing me to eat nasty food, i still think this is a better project than last month. Upstream Salmon Ramen MISE: look, actual vegetables! it looks a little soupy, but that's because i was ramen-shy, having been burned too many times and not wanting to commit to potentially making another giant bowl of yuk, so i only used ONE ramen packet instead of the two the recipe called for. this is a good way to go out, because i have run out of room in this review-space, so i'm going to have to finish up the month on a different edition. i will make as many as i possibly can during the month, but you best believe i will be making that pez ramen ASAP* The Gobble Gobble Asian Noodle Delight Stroganoff Ramen-Style Whats Up, Doc?
Ramen Pizza Party MISE: the recipe called for salt in the ingredients list, yet never said when to add it. but if there's one thing none of the recipes in this book need, it's salt. my people are french, so it's not like i have a cache of old family recipes for pizza or any special insight into the pizza arts, but surely there's a better word for a dish of noodles, sauce and cheese than "pizza." again, this one looks really gross, mostly because the mixture of egg, milk, and parmesan cheese that was meant to act as a binding agent and turn a heap of cooked noodles into a pizza crust was disproportionate to the amount of noodles, and ended up mixing with the sauce and causing bright orange runoff, a ton of which i poured off before photographing this. it tasted great, but like the other italian one that was just garlic, cheese, and olive oil, it's been pretty well-established that these flavors work together, and if the only new concept here is making it into a pizza shape, maybe we don't need to mess with a good thing. Creamy Ramen Mushroom Soup MISE: man -i feel like i haven't made a ramen in ages, and i'm sorry for taking a couple of days off, especially this close to the end of the project knowing so many ramen-based delicacies will go untried. the final five ramens aaaaaaaare: A Vegetarians Slipup Chili Cheese Dip à La Ramen Vegetarians Power Dish The Gobble Gobble Asian Noodle Delight Whats Up, Doc? good thing to know, though - not all canned chili is disgusting. but do let me know if you can see any ramen here: The Gobble Gobble Asian Noodle Delight MISE: for the record, this is the grossest-sounding recipe name ever, like something you'd get an STD from. you have to increase the amount of water it calls for in order to even cook the noodles and broccoli, and it is a little bland, but it is not disgusting, and at this point, that's all i hope for. *********************************************** okay, halloween got in the way of this project because i wanted to eat candy all night instead of ramen. the first few days of november have been a jumbly mess, but here i am to post the VERY LAST ramen recipe, and we are going out on a relatively high note with Whats Up, Doc? Ramen Pancakes MISE: this recipe calls for unspecified "garnish," so i have decided that's as good a name as any for my little pink monster. i had to adjust the proportions a bit, since "1 carrot" is an imprecise measurement, and i ended up with way more grated carrot than noodles, and they were a little too butter-drippy, but all in all a successful dish, especially for this book, which handed out more bitter disappointments than umami along the way. before i go, i feel like i ought to review the book-part of the book, not just the recipes. long story short, there are many things cluttering up the pages that are not photographs of the dishes which, along with the end results of some of these recipes, makes me wonder if any of them were actually field-tested, or if this was all a very elaborate prank on me, orchestrated by someone who knew that if there was a cute cartoon cat on the cover of a cookbook, i would be drawn to it like a moth to a flame, with similarly unpleasant results.
Every other page is padded with a recipe journal: When did you serve this dish for the first time? And, I'll admit, I am keeping it for the recipes.
Well, that is how I stumbled upon Everybody Loves Ramen: Recipes, Stories, Games, and Fun Facts About the Noodles You Love: I had just finished a phenomenal cookbook on NetGalley and had nothing left on my Reading Shelf, so I went to the Cooking, Food, and Wine Read Now selections and chose the brightest most obnoxiously colorful book cover available. There are a few recipes for ramen omelets. Unfortunately, there are no photographs to show the finished recipes or even any humorous drawings to further liven up the book. I have yet to test any of the recipes from this book. UPDATE: I tested the Flaming Poultry and Peanuts recipe, the Crabby Spinach Ramen recipe and the Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe. The Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe was a definite winner. I have one packet of ramen left over from my recipe testing. Rather than test another recipe from the book, I'm just going to put it in my pantry for a rainy day.
Everybody Loves Ramen is a fun gift for students and adults making their way on their own for the first time.
Using those noodles, we all love that are super cheap, along with simple ingredients you already have (like the Taco Bell Hot Sauce packets), you can create some pretty amazing dishes.
This book is a lighthearted bit of cookery focused on the humble Ramen noodle. And I'm not actually trying to be funny, even though there was a delightful amount of humour in this book.
Overall, this was a cute and well thought out little recipe book.