Do you know about this magazine, The Lucky Peach? It’s pretty great. The second issue, which came out last fall, was dedicated to Ramen. I’ve wanted to make some for awhile, but I had this problem with the broth/stock. And with the gluten thing. What to do? Basically, for about 5 months I just thought about it. But then, a friend of mine told me I could make a salty & unctuous (in a good way) stock with leftover meat trimmings and tons of aromatics. So, that’s what I did this week. I made a stock of sorts using bacon, ham, speck, leeks, green onions, shallots, garlic, and some shichimi togarashi. Then I found brown rice vermicelli at my old favorite, Joongboo Market. I also grabbed some green onions, radishes, purple cabbage. Tonight, I was feeling a little under the weather and thought that ramen sounded like a great idea.
First I sliced the vegetables on my trusty mandoline. Then, I boiled some stock and added the noodles to the stock. While the noodles were cooking I cooked the egg. I think ramen would be great with a poached egg, but I felt like a fried one sunnyside up, because I was being lazy. When everything was cooked, I put it together in a bowl and added a bunch of sambal oelek.
Then I ate it and watched the nightly news.
I can’t wait to try making it again.
2. I’m liveblogging Sofia Vergara’s episode of SNL.
2a. So far, she’s made a funny Fran Drescher and I’ve learned she has a line of reasonably priced sheets for sale at Kmart. One time, in 2005 I bought a pair of sheets at the Kmart at Ashland and Milwaukee in Chicago and the sheets are still kicking!
2b. Also, Kanye/his management team licensed his song “Runaway” for a new Budweiser song. Hmmmmm.
3. In other news, I cleaned out the credenza drawers.
3a. Now they are clean, but sort of empty. THEY WILL BE FILLED.
4. Last weekend, like most people in the wold I went to see the movie The Hunger Games with my pal Natalie. After, we grabbed a negroni at The Barrelhouse Flat and listened to some vintage Destiny’s Child on the way home. SAY MY NAME. Any thoughts on THG? I liked it. And the soundtrack is good.
4a. I also got to catch up with my favorite family, the Starks, from Winterfell. Below is a partial map of Westeros/Essos. I’d highly suggest finding out about this if you are not already aware of it.
5. GB, my cousin Rick, and I went to a delicious brunch at Big Jones up in Andersonville. GB and I have been going there since it opened and that place keeps getting better. Any brunch that begins with a charcuterie plate is good in my book.
That’s it for now.