Friday, February 27, 2009

Comfort Food

It occurred to me yesterday, as I was scarfing down the last bit of a late lunch, what one of those things was about which I wanted to blog. One of those inconsequential nothings which of COURSE I wasn't going to remember. And when I remembered, it was too late to photograph the process. Or anything.

One of my favorite comfort foods is ramen. Not just any ramen, but peanut
butter ramen. And I was eating the last bite of a bowlful when I recalled thinking about posting about it last week. As I was eating the last bite of a bowlful. Mmm.

In the interest of my bloggy friends' well being, knowing that endless winter and a bottomless economy require the best of comfort foods, I was a good girl and made another bowl (and ate it - yesterday was just that kind of day) and photographed the process. You're welcome.

I'm aware that to some of you this will seem gross. Some people can't even
stand the smell, much less the taste. To others it will be, as it is for me, a taste of comfort heaven. And a simpler dish you won't find.

First I break the ramens into little bits while they're still in the bowl, while holding it over the bowl (nothing more fun than vacuuming up little bits of ramen from a burst bag - woo):

Next I pour in some frozen vegetables. I'm a fan of the mixed variety, with the corn, peas and carrots, but I used the last of it in the first bowl. So with this one I'm using frozen corn and broccoli:

Now I pour on about half of the flavor packet:

Fill with filtered water (I don't use tap water for cooking or drinking), about a quarter inch from the top of the bowl:

Then microwave on high for five minutes:

Once it's out, I drain the liquid:

Then stir in a heaping teaspoon of creamy peanut butter:

As well as the rest of that spice packet:

And stir till the peanut butter is about melted in - it will still be clumpy and not really evenly distrubted:

Which is why soy sauce or teriyaki is essential at this point:

I prefer teriyaki. If you use soy, use the light, or less sodium. Regular soy sauce makes the dish REALLY salty. I shake it on liberally and stir, stir, stir:

Then eat!

Hope you have a great weekend! TGIF!

Until I write again ...


P.S. Gratuitous shot of Maybelline and her new do!


Mental P Mama said...

I lived on Ramen noodles when I was in college! And I am loving Maybelline's hair!

Jill of All Trades said...

Yummy, gonna have to try this.

Anonymous said...

I've never been able to look ramen noodles in the eye. However, I do love broccoli, corn, peanut butter and terriaki sauce. I've just never combined them!

Love the hair!

abb said...

Maybelline looks none too happy having her photo taken.;-)

Daryl said...

May's hair is great looking .. so smooth, straight .. yeah for the flat iron

As for that comfort food dish ... there must be a trazillion BAD FAT calories in there ... so I think I will let you keep being comforting and let you know its comforting to me not to eat that much cholesterol in one meal ... :-)

Trisha said...

Interesting comfort food. I love Ramen (even though Hubby hates the smell of it cooking) but have never thought to add peanut butter and soy or terriaki sauce. Interesting. I may have to try it some day when Hubby is out of town!

CanadianMama said...

Ok, at first that looked nasty, but I'm going to try it, I'll keep you posted!

dlyn said...

Love Maybelline's do.

Peanut butter Ramen? ew

but in a nice way of course :D

Anonymous said...

This is something I will try with some rice noodles instead of ramen, it sounds like a yummy mix of flavors!

Love Maybelline's new cut!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Nope! Not for me. (I'm UNcomfortable just reading this.) My mom bought ramen once (in quantity 'cuz it was on sale) after she moved in with us. We tried it . . . okay that was hmmmmm . . . something for the emergency food kit. Just not my thing, I guess. : D

Maybelline's hair, on the other hand, is sooooooo cute! : D

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love the new do miss maybelline!
I will ask martha the inhailer of all things ramen... and see what she says it should be funny as she will eat them raw as often as not...

Casdok said...

Never heard of this but certainly sounds interesting and yummy!

Love the hair!

Ellyn said...

Peanut butter is not a savory item for me. Jason puts tuna is his ramen. I should tell him about your dish. He would probably love it.

Loving Mabeline's new do. Very cute.

Mom Knows Everything said...

Love her hair! Very cute! About the ramen...not quite sure about that's the peanut butter that's giving me doubts.

Daisy said...

You had me until the peanut butter. I prefer my noodles (ramen or otherwise) without PB.

KG said...

I love ramen ... i don't think I could add to it, though. It's a simple perfection with all of its salty cheapness. YUM!

OHmommy said...

beautiful girl.

Debbie said...

I have to admit I've never COOKED anything in Ramen. I just throw the package in water and heat on stove and eat it. This blows me away that you can actually ADD something to it. No, I'm not a cook. You had me until the peanut butter and I have a PB fetish.

Your Maybeline is not happy with the photo, but I love her hair!

Julie said...

I'm not usually a fan of hot food with Peanut butter in it...But something makes me wanna try it. I am assuming its Chicken ramen?? Did you create that masterpiece or is this a recipe?

Maybelline's hair looks VERY cute!!

Karen said...

Who would have thought? Peanut butter ramen. Guess what I'll be having for lunch tomorrow?

imbeingheldhostage said...

oh stinking blogger ate my wonderful comment!!

I LOVE the do. I think she'll look so cute with it flopped down over one eye while she strums the guitar-- cuteness factor for stage presence.

and strangely enough, that odd concoction is actually sounding pretty good. You hooked me with the peanut butter. Anything made with PB has got to be good-- well, except maybe Tuna fish.

jeni said...

I remember you eating that!!! EWWW!!! lol.....but I do have fond memories of you when I think about that meal. :)

Love M's new hairstyle!! It's quite sassy!! :)