Monday, 26 June 2017

Tuesday Food Blog - Ramen

Father's Day came with some gifts for which I feel lucky and grateful, one of which was a Japanese recipe book one example of which I include in this blog, but first water!

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 Water is one of the most critical elements to the human body. When you don’t sip enough H2O, your body becomes dehydrated — which leads you to feel weak and decreases motivation — you may feel like you’re always hungry, and, surprisingly, it could make you look puffier.
Dietitian Jim White, RD, ACSM recommends the standard 64 ounces of water a day, or eight 8-ounce glasses.
By drinking the recommended intake, your weight loss goal becomes more attainable. Sufficient water intake has the ability to boost your metabolism, help you feel fuller longer, and even keep your energy levels at an all-time high.
BUT not before bed. You are recommended to cut back about three hours before bed so that your much needed sleep is not interrupted by the need to pee!!



There are a least a couple of ways that you can produce a ramen dish. You can use the noodles in stir fry or in soups. The latter may be pork, chicken or fish based but in this busy world preparing the base can take a long time. 
The soup base is cooked over many hours using bones, shells etc and adding onions, mushrooms, ginger and so on. When I have the time and some spare pig's trotters here we go. 
For this fish ramen I used a vegetable base made from spring onions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, smoked sesame oil, light soy sauce and chard. For the topping I had a piece of smoked haddock, a hard boiled egg and some raw spring onions.


This is not a complex meal to make and if you want to take short cuts you can buy Japanese noodles with prepared sauces but I had the raw materials at hand.
First you mix the flavours and pour over the frying onions followed by mushrooms and chard. When they are cooked to your personal taste throw in the noodles and cook for three or four minutes more. In the mean time boil the egg and cook the fish.
When the soup base is ready pour into bowls and top with the sliced spring onions, fish fillet and egg.


God Bless