Saturday, February 1, 2014


My teens love anime, and inspired by their favorite anime, Naruto, we decided to try making our own ramen. It was incredibly filling and yummy. Way better both taste-wise and health-wise than the packets you can buy in the grocery store.

We started with 2 pork roasts which were on sale for 99 cents a pound. I placed each one in a crock pot, added a bit of salt, and turned on low for 24 hours. After the initial 24 hours, we strained the pork from the broth, let cool, and pulled the pork apart, making sure to discard any bone.

We made two different recipes. The first one:

The pork we just pulled apart

1 tsp ground ginger

4 T soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 cans Japanese stir-fry veggies

The Second one is Barbecue Pork Ramen:

The pork we just pulled apart

2 C ketchup

1/3 C brown sugar

3 cloves garlic

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 T worcestershire sauce

1 T mustard

We put some hard boiled egg halves and chopped green onions on the table to top it with, along with some homemade noodles.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Making homemade noodles is ridiculously cheap and easy, although it takes a lot of time.

3/4 Cups Flour

1 egg

~1/2 tsp salt

~1 tbsp water (If dough is too dry, you can add a few drops more)

Mix ingredients together. Let sit for about half an hour.

Put plenty of flour on the table and on the rolling pin. Roll it out with a rolling pin. Cut into noodle shapes with a knife. To make cutting the long noodles go quicker, you can fold the dough in half and then in half again, cut and unfold. It's ok to use plenty of flour. It will just come off in the pot when you boil them.

I put noodles in a single layer to avoid them sticking together.

Boil like you would any noodle, 5-6 minutes. If you get them very thin, you might only need to do 4 minutes. I take just one noodle out when I think they might be done and taste to make sure. I added them to the boiling water one at a time, and stirred them occasionally with a chop stick.