Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ramen, How I Loathe You

It is unfortunate that my whole family loves Ramen noodles. I do not. In college I refused to eat the stuff; even during my study abroad when my fellow students were downing their cheap bowls of noodles and fake broth, I pressed on in my homemade meal snobbishness. (I'm sure they were jealous of the delicious wafting smells coming from the kitchen.)

Even though I'm surrounded by Ramen-lovers in my very own home, I still can't get over those nasty packets of "flavor" that come with every package. The words "MSG" and "artificial" always give me a cringe as I unwillingly hand a steaming bowl to my children, much to their delight.

Well, today I wasn't going to stand for it anymore. On our menu for Tuesday's lunch is soup. I asked my son if he wanted Ramen. Of course he said yes. I didn't try plopping in frozen mixed veggies like last time (they went very unwell received). Instead, while the noodles were boiling, I discreetly did away with the packet of artificial beef flavor and whipped out my favorite beef base (Better Than Bouillon). I LOVE this stuff. And it's made from BEEF. Like, the real stuff. I stirred a couple teaspoons in and nonchalantly handed a steaming bowl of beef Ramen to my son. He downed it without even realizing and went on his merry way.

I AM MOTHER TRIUMPHANT! Mwahahahahahahahaaaa!

Take that Ramen.

1 comment:

janae said...

I've never liked Ramen either. In fact, I think my kids have only had it twice, and that's because I wasn't home and Sam fed it to them. I do buy ramen, though, because I use the noodles for stir fry or fried noodles. (I toss the seasonings.) It's handy for that stuff. Sam likes to crack an egg in his ramen and call it egg drop soup. Not quite the same as the real stuff, but at least slightly more nutritious than plain ramen!

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