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shoyu ramen

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I’m not ashamed to admit I love ramen. I adore the soupy comfort that can be found in a bowl of steamy broth and noodles cooked to perfection. There’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of ramen to warm you during the winter months. My fascination with ramen first began when I watched a ramen eating challenge. The petite Japanese woman sat at her table with excited anticipation as a steaming mountain of noodles surrounded by a rich hot broth was carried to her from the kitchen. I watched in awe as she methodically began to devour the monstrous 5kg bowl of noodles, beansprouts and sliced chashu. Admittedly it was excessive, but it was intriguing to see someone eat so much in one meal. “How is this possible?”, I asked myself, unable to look away. Perhaps if the noodles were really delicious. Those noodles did look pretty good. And so began my quest to find The Perfect Ramen. To be honest, it has probably been more of a ramen journey than a quest, because I …

arugula fennel orange salad

arugula, fennel and orange salad

Eruca Sativa. I’ve heard people refer to this distinct salad leaf by a variety of names: Arugula. Rucola. Rocket. Pond weed? Ok so that last one was from a friend who seemed violently opposed to eating the arugula salad I had made for dinner. It seems like people either love it or hate it. When I first encountered arugula, it had been scattered through a mixed leaf salad – the bursts of bitterness throughout the salad and the moorish peppery notes left me searching my plate for more. I had decidedly chosen the love-it camp. When using arugula, I think the key is to use it in moderation and to make sure the leaves are young and not too bitter. Today I made an arugula, fennel and orange salad – a tangle of sweet licorice notes and peppery arugula, highlighted by luscious orange segments and salty bursts of capers and olives. Although Mr. Pepper isn’t a fan of licorice, he enjoyed this salad – I hope you do too! arugula, fennel and orange salad Time: …

beetroot kale salad

beetroot, kale and tempeh salad

So I had my first ever annual physical this week. I was a little nervous because I wasn’t exactly sure of what sort of tests I would have to do, and unlike all the other exams in my life, I couldn’t cram for this one. As I waited patiently in my stylish blue paper gown for my doctor to arrive, my stomach grumbled. “I’m so cold! I’m so hungry!”, I childishly whined. “I want a cookie! I want a pony!”, jested my boyfriend. He wasn’t far off, I felt like I could have eaten both a cookie AND a pony – fasting for tests is no fun. I started to think about delicious things I could eat later that day, but with all these health tests at the front of my mind, I wanted something that was nutritious, and so I decided on a kale and beetroot salad. When I returned home, I popped the beetroots in the oven and after a few longing stares at the oven door, the torture was finally over. The recipe is inspired by a salad I saw in …