Not-so-Japanese- ramen noodle soup

NOTE: I didn't follow a traditional ramen recipe           
I tried my first bowl of ramen on a cold rainy winter day sometime in February earlier this year. I was hooked.  Although I had always been a fan of instant ramen noodles I didn't know there was something out there that was much better. Instant noodles has always been my handy buddy through my days in boarding school till I graduated university. I resigned from eating instant noodles due to my unhealthy consumption. 
               Ramen noodle soup on the other hand reminds me of a home cooked meal. Like graduating from kraft mac and cheese to a homemade  mac and cheese with fresh macaroni. But the inspiration from this post came about from a new found curiosity of the Japanese culture.
The secret to a tasty bowl of ramen is the broth and the toppings. The dish can easily be balanced with equal amounts of protein, carbs and spicy which leaves the consumer with a filling but flavourful after taste.
       I didn't follow a traditional ramen recipe. I mostly used leftovers and ingredients I had at home. But Hey!!! feel free to change the toppings as you see fit.

Chicken Broth
YEILD: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 Cups of water
1 tbsp oil
4 Chicken thighs with bones (remove the flesh from the bones)
1 small onion (sliced)
Paprika
3 cloves of garlic
Thumb length of ginger
Thyme

STEPS

1. In a large deep bottom pan, sauté onion, ginger and garlic for about 3mins on medium heat.

2. Add the cold water, chicken bones, spices and bring to boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer for 3-4 hours.

3. Let it cool down and pass broth through a sieve. Store the remaining broth in to go containers in the freezer for up to 30 days. Ensure to keep half a cup of broth for the ramen. 

Ramen Soup broth
YEILD: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
1 Cups of Chicken Broth
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Sesame oil
Salt and Pepper to season if needed
Instant dried noodles

STEPS

1. In the same large deep bottom pan, add all ingredients above and simmer at low heat. Taste for flavour. 

  I like my soup quite spicy so I add some cayenne pepper

2. Add the ramen and simmer with broth for 5mins. Transfer into a bowl and move to the next step

Toppings
YEILD: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
Chicken flesh 
Mushrooms
Soft boiled eggs
Spring onions, bean sprouts or Chashu (braised pork belly)

STEPS

1. While your broth is doing it's thing, take care of you toppings.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and grill at 425 degrees till crispy
3. Grill mushrooms and prep your eggs 
4. Add toppings to the bowl of ramen soup.

***   To make soft boiled egg, follow this recipe
          I used prepackaged Instant noodles without the condiments

Your finished product should look remotely like this



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Chapati: A Rwandan favourite

Chapati and Brochette a Rwandan favourite and my favourite. I was determined to learn how to make this fluffy, pan toasted dough called chapati. A bread from india but coined around the world. I made a stir fry of cabbage, onion and minced beef to accompany the dough

Chapati
YEILD: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup flour
1/2 cup water
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp olive oil

STEPS

1. Mix flour, water and salt to form a dough

2. Add oil and knead till soft.
3. Put in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

4. Section dough into 6 balls, flatten with the palm of your hand and roll out on a floured surface.

5. Heat a non stick pan, shake off excess flour and fry dough 
6. Coat with butter for added flavour

Sweet n' spicy chicken


Well, it's been a while and I made chicken. The holidays are around the corner and I'm so excited to be spend time with family. A perfect excuse to eat as much food as I can without feeling guilty. Talking about guilty, I've been slacking with fitness of late (x__x). 

Coconut milk rolls

Remember when I talked about my love for tea and not enough cupboards to store my collection? I even started contemplating naming myself the crazy tea lady because of this new found obsession. But guys, I am about to announce that it actually got worse. Wait, WHAT!! It can get worse? I asked that question this morning when I started suffering from a different kind of withdrawal. I am not talking caffeine or drugs. Well, I started reading again. Not a big deal until I explain what "I started reading means".
I love reading but I only read fiction because it keeps my childhood alive. I never liked reading biographies, self help books or sci-fi just mystery and horror fiction. My detest for other genres made me proclaim that I would only explore them at an age between midlife crisis and menopause. Like I mean seriously? why would I do that to my self in my early twenties.
It so happened one day when I found myself at the public library giggling over a line of "Great Expectations by Charles Dickens". I moved back only a couple of centuries to discover what life was like in that era, NO BIG DEAL. I went back to the library the second day to continue this new found romance with PIP my favourite character from the book. On another note, (In a whimsical and magical form, a 19th century London kid stumbling on great expectations sort of gives me some kind of hope)... end that thought. I found myself searching for the book "EAT, PRAY, LOVE". Although I saw the movie at this one time when I didn't understand why anyone would go to a different country in the search of the meaning of life. Oh well, the funny thing is that I am addicted to this book in a way that I have never been with any book. I needed to run a few errands today when I decided to skip these errands for just a chapter which turned into 12 chapters.
If you got to this point of my story then I might have passed the first rule of writing "Capture the attention of your reader" I have never used so much quotation marks in one post ever. Here is the thing about "EAT, PRAY,LOVE" that endearingly engages me for 3 hours, you see I can relate to LIZ. She is 34 years old, so it's understandable that she needed that self discovery journey or maybe not. But why am I reading this and feeling like I found a new best friend or have I reached that age i've been dreading for quite sometime now. My addiction comes off across like this, I go to the library everyday to feed myself daily doses of her frantically hilarious statements that makes life seem like a pillow of feathers. I have decided not to renew my library card that has been expired 4 years and counting just so I can have an excuse to go back there. Although I can finish this book in two days, I am just not ready to close the chapter of a newly found friendship. And as they say that the first stage of recovery is Acceptance. I am still in my first stages of recovery, a growing awareness and acknowledgement that I do perform this ritual. I will keep telling this story as it unfolds
This is honestly the easiest and tastiest bread to make as long as you have time. 
COCONUT MILK ROLLS
makes 8-10 rolls

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
2.5 tsp Active dry yeast
21/2- 3cups of flour (all purpose)
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup coconut milk

BREAD
1. In a large bowl, heat up milk and water in a microwave until warm to touch. add yeast and allow to proof for 10mins. 

2. Next, add oil, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour at a time. stir till its mixed throughly. Continue adding flour in bits until a soft dough is formed.

3. Put on a floured surface and knead for 8-10mins ensuring flour is added as needed. 

4. Put kneaded dough in a greased bowl, cover with tea towel and allow it to rise for an hour in a warm area. Like the top of a cupboard

5. Meanwhile, heat coconut milk and 1/4 cup sugar in a sauce pan till sugar is dissolved (5mins)

6. When dough is risen, punch it down and knead for another 5 mins. Roll into pieces in a pan, pour cooled coconut mixture into pan and allow to rise for another 45mins

7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, bake risen dinner rolls for 35mins or until golden brown.

8. Serve with your choice of spread