Our Taco Bell is the best. They pack it and treat us customers right. :) Until we went here, we generally avoided Taco Bells at all costs. Thanks to the employees at our Taco Bell for giving us such great service.

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Mankind is not color blind but beautiful

Mankind is not color blind but beautiful

the indescriminate cook. Mankind is not color blind but beautiful
We can clone animals, watch television from the palm of our hands and visit the moon. We boast discoveries of unfathomable insight. Yet; we lack the greatest ignorance of our very own: Mankind. Still, we continue to choose ignorance over mercy, peace, brotherhood and understanding. How have we allowed such knowledge to escape us for this long. We are still ignorant and/or blind to our differences. We have allowed walls to erect by; allowing differences of language, religion, region, gender, economy, race, and politics to divide us.

We are either in fear of faltering to racial inferiority or we do not understand that we are of the same Father…the same race: the Human Race. We are color blind, instead of embracing our differences. We cannot hide behind insecurities. We must look at our many differences…our AMAZING differences with: eyes wide open in order to see the real beauty in which God has given to us all. If we were to open our eyes, what we could learn would be unimaginable. Imagine if all crayons were of but one color or flowers were of but only one kind. If we could draw the world, we could only imagine the Creator in his splendor.

If we were not meant to love our differences then, would we not ever romance the thought of soaking in a sunset from lands far away or be dependent upon agriculture or technology. Not only are we all a beauty to behold, but a beauty from the inside as well. I do not look like you, I am not the same as you nor anybody else. I am a one of a kind, original, unique, special person…made by God. AND SO ARE YOU.

Look in the mirror and imagine, you too were created as a one of a kind, original, unique, special person made by the All Knowledgeable artist. Smile and know that you are a very precious person.

I invite each and every one of you to imagine everyone as if they were your own child or as some loving parent’s hopes and dreams; because they are. Imagine that you were meant to make a difference in that person’s life; even if by a caring smile or a genuine greeting. Each and every day, we can make a difference in how we view the world and how others view themselves in this world. You have the greatest opportunity to change the world one heart at a time and for every day that God gave us to do so. Pass it on. It’s totally free. ūüôā

Ramen/Ramyun can be tasty; like I would expect it to be like on my favorite Korean Dramas

As a small introduction to myself:

I love to watch Korean Dramas and¬†if you’ve watched a K-Drama, you know what I mean when I say that, a simple bag of chips or popcorn just¬†won’t do… as just thinking about watching a K-Drama makes you REALLY¬†crave Ramen/Ramyun. But… when you eat it, it just doesn’t taste quite as wonderful as they make it look on the K-Dramas. They slurp it up; somehow without getting it everywhere (not me) and they add everything under the moon to it (Like on Flowerboy Ramyun Shop) as if it were Bibendum¬†worthy of 3 stars. Unfortunately, I crave ramen¬†every day..¬†and¬†ramen isn’t as healthy to eat everyday but; unlike kimchi, but people don’t complain about the smell of ramen (like my family). I’ll talk more about kimchi (my¬†pseudo¬†addiction)¬†at a later time.

Learning by trial and error, I started by getting¬†the¬†the noodles how¬†I wanted them. Then, I worked on getting the broth to my liking. I cooked spinach at variable times¬†to find that it only needs to be added just after you take the soup off of the stove. ¬†Kale needs to cook for 3 minutes (I love greens). Here are my tried and true recipes for ramen and here are some tricks that I’ve learned.

  • Use quality water. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, don’t use it in your broth. It won’t hide the flavor.
  • If you’re adding other ingredients, estimate if it requires being cooked before, during or after the noodles are cooked. Noodle bloat if you don’t time it just right.
  • Don’t crush the noodles because it makes the water more starchy where¬†more of the noodle surface touches the water. So, don’t break the bricks unless you want to keep yours in the same water or make it sweet.
  • Cook the noodles for no less or more than 3 minutes unless you like them mushy or bloated.
  • Put cooked noodles in ice cold water to stop the cooking and bloating. Keep in mind that it really only buys you a few¬†more minutes to catch up other ingredients and to find a place to devour your ramen.
  • Dump the water you cook the noodles in to achieve a simple¬†and¬†gentle flavor (as possible), to avoid cloudy water and to bring out the irresistible noodle flavor.
  • Use fresh quality ingredients to add to your ramen and don’t be afraid to add fresh ingredients like sprouts at the end…to cooked ingredients like meat or 2nd day leftover ingredients.


               the indescriminate cook. Tips to cook ramen. Including recipes for Tummy Ramen, Corny Chicken Ramen and Spring Onion Ramen.
Yummy Broth or “Tummy Broth”:

I cook the noodles for exactly 3 minutes, pour out the water (I used filtered water for best flavor) and put the¬†noodles¬†into a bowl of 1 cup ice cold water to stop the noodles from cooking or bloating. Stir the noodles to ensure even cooling. Start new water in the same pan with the correct¬†amount of water per directions. Remove the water from the heat source once it has boiled, add the flavor packet and¬†stir till dissolved. Drain the water from the bowl of noodles. Pour the broth over the noodles and stop if you¬†get gritty flavor bits at the bottom of the pan (ignore if your brand has no grit). Then, stir to level out the hot and cold temperatures in the soup. I love the clean flavor, the clear broth and I find it easy on the stomach when you have a belly ache or when I get a craving late in the evening. Add more water if you need it more bland but taste it as you go, you don’t want to dilute it too much.

Spring Onion Sesame Ramen:

Cook the noodles for exactly 3 minutes, pour out the water and put them into a bowl with 1 cup of ice cold water to stop them from cooking or bloating. Start new water in the pan with the proper¬†amount of water per directions and put in spring onions or green onions (1-2) before or after the boil as you prefer. I put in the white part before the boil and the green part at the end.¬†Fresh crisp onions is SO important for the right flavor; otherwise they end up with a slight aftertaste or even a fishy taste. After the water cooks the onions enough to smell aromatic in the boiling water or a minute, remove the pan from the heat, add the flavor packet and stir till dissolved. I stop pouring the broth over the noodles when I get to the gritty flavor bits at the bottom of the pan. Then I put in premium dark (toasted) sesame oil. A good dark or premium sesame oil makes all the difference. Start with 2 drops to find your favorite flavor level. Light sesame oils take too much to flavor the broth and don’t lend much to the flavor in my opinion so I don’t use it in my ramen. I like 3-5 drops of premium sesame oil, depending on each bottle as they can vary from batch to batch. I like Lee Kum Kee, Dynasty or Trader Joes but I have a favorite that I buy in the Asian Market.

Corny Chicken Ramen:

A true go to and a wonderfully addictive – less healthy option….Which are always my favorite options when I’m craving. Chicken ramen seems to be the only flavor to marry well with the corn but with this ramen: we are throwing carbohydrates and starches to the side so no need to pour out the water for this recipe as it will only help to sweeten it even more. Again, we do not want to overcook the noodles so that we can enjoy the full yummy flavor of the ramen. Start with half a can of whole kernel sweet corn (Libby’s is the sweetest corn available to me), including half of the water from the can or more (yes, this is essential for the flavor) and put in the amount of water listed on the label less the amount¬†of water that you just poured in from the can. When it comes to a boil, let the corn cook into the water for a minute on a medium boil then; scoop out enough corn to your bowl that you will be able to add the brick then; add the noodle brick into the water and set the timer for 3 minutes. While the ramen is cooking, ladle out (or pour) some water into a little bowl and dissolve the flavor packet until it no longer is dissolved. When the 3 minutes is up, remove the pan¬†from the heat and add the broth, being careful not to add any of the gritty flavor bits (if any) and pour the soup in over¬†the corn from your bowl. I hope that you will be pleasantly surprised.

Let me note that: My favorite ramen is, Instant Oriental Noodle Soup Chinese Herb Angelica Flavor  by Ve Wong. Here is the best link I could find: http://www.amazon.com/Ve-Wong-Instant-Oriental-Chinese/dp/B00IZ19ZX4/ref=sr_1_9?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1422443654&sr=1-9

here is a second link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Ve-Wong-Instant-Oriental-Noodle-Soup-Chinese-Herb-Flavor-12-Ounce-/361240576045

Try it if you get the chance, it is such a different flavor from the usual ramen.

But I do have to say that… if I’d have to admit what brand my all time favorite ramen choices would be: Hands down ¬†Nongshim. You’ll find them here:¬†http://www.nongshimusa.com/our-products/meal-noodle
…and the newest ramen is called: Jinjja Jinjja (which translates to “really really”) Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup. Found here: http://www.nongshimusa.com/our-products/meal-noodle/jinjja-jinjja

My runner up brand is: Indo Mie brand Mi Goreng Instant Noodles. Found here: http://www.indomie.com/
Love it. ¬†There are many fabulous brands but most are not what we typically find on American Grocery store shelves. I travel out of my way to get the best noodles, the best Kimchi and the best premium soy sauce. ūüôā

Enjoy.

Redneck vs. Cowboy

Little Cowgirl

Little Cowgirl

If you know what chevon is, you might be a cowboy
If you know what Cabrito is, you might be a vaquero.
If you know what mutton is, you might be a stockman.
But…If you know the name of that goat, you MIGHT be a redneck.

(I might be a redneck ūüôā