My Homemade Ramen

My Homemade Ramen

I’m not a food blogger. I don’t pretend to be, but enough of you replied to my Instagram story asking me for my homemade ramen recipe that I’m obliged to share it! In order to understand how to make this recipe, one must understand my general cooking philosophy.

I was taught to cook by my mother, she was taught to cook by her French grandmother, who learned from her French mother. For the most part, I don’t remember my mother using a cookbook, only when she would cook for guests or bring a dish to thanksgiving.

The philosophy that has been passed down through the generations in my family (to the women at least) is a country French method of cooking that is very seasonally based. To prepare a meal in my mother’s kitchen, my great grandmothers kitchen and my kitchen the first question to ask is, “what do I have in my refrigerator, my pantry, and my garden?”

That is the only question that dictates what is for dinner, usually, (unless someone is having a particular craving).

This cooking method means, that while growing up, my mother taught me flavor profiles instead of specific recipes. Meaning it was more important that I knew what flavors went together, than if I had all of the ingredients for a specific dish. This means with all of my meals (excepting special occasions or holidays, I don’t use a recipe) I cook with what I have in my house. My dad used to often boast that in all the years he was married to my mom that he, “never had the same meal twice.”

This method also turns cooking into a game. The “what can I make with what I have,” philosophy also means I have a smaller grocery bill because I hardly ever throw anything out because it is almost always used.

So without further ado, I give you my leftovers based homemade ramen recipe.

Here’s the leftovers in my ramen dish:

I made lettuce wraps with peanut sauce earlier in the week (I was craving it)! I used my ground turkey mix and peanut sauce to flavor my ramen. Here is the recipe for both of those. Also my measurements might be off because I never measure anything and eyeball everything. So if you’re feeling brave just do what feels right in terms of measurements.

Ground Turkey Mix:
1.5 pounds’ ground turkey
One can chopped water chestnuts
About 8-10 mushrooms chopped
1 onion diced
3 garlic cloves diced
2 tsp fresh ground ginger
3ish tablespoons soy sauce
As much Sriracha your heart desires
2 tablespoons sesame oil.
Direction: in the sesame oil sauté garlic, onion, ginger, water chestnuts, and mushrooms until fragrant. Add ground turkey. Once browned add soy sauce, Siracha and sesame oil. Let simmer till all the flavors have soaked in. Remove from heat.

Peanut sauce:
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
2ish tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
A splash of water
A few shakes of sesame seeds
2tsp-ish rice vinegar

Direction: add all ingredients and stir. The texture should be a little thicker than shampoo.

Here is what I made from scratch for the Ramen:

1 box organic chicken broth
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3-4 tablespoons of my peanut sauce
Pinch of salt optional

Directions: bring all ingredients to a boil and then remove from heat.
Rice noodles:
1 bag/box of rice noodles.
Directions: I cook them in the broth to save myself a pot.
Fried Egg:
1 fried egg in olive oil.
Directions: if you don’t know how to fry an egg I’m not going to explain it to you. There is YouTube for that. Here’s a link.
3 chopped green onions
1 shaved carrot.

Final assembly:

Put a handful noodles in bowl first followed by a few scoops of the ground turkey mixture. Pour broth on top. Lay the fried egg on “mount yummy” and sprinkle your egg with a little salt and pepper. Toss on your green onions carrots and Siracha and bam! Homemade ramen made from leftovers!
The moral of the story, or the thing I hope you actually do instead of buying all of the ingredients to make this, is to survey your refrigerator, pantry and garden and see what you can make with it! Cheers!


Coming to Marriott Hotels

Coming to Marriott Hotels

That’s right! Some of my paintings are going to be in Marriott hotels! No I’m not doing anything exciting like creating a batch of custom pieces for them, but I am leasing them the rights to a few of my prints. I’m hoping to have photos to show y’all within the next few months but the pieces are still in production and will take a while before any photoshoots happen.

I’m honestly trying to figure out how I feel about my work being in a hotel. Hotel art usually rubs me the wrong way unless it is a super cool hotel. And I don’t know if I’ve ever stayed in a Marriott in my entire life so I really can’t speak to how I feel about being in their hotels. But live and learn? I probably should have actually visited one of their hotels before signing the contract to lease artwork to them. But from what I can tell from their hotels online, I would totally stay at some of them!

If you have opinions about hotel art (which I most certainly do) please feel free to share! Or if you have a link to a favorite hotel I’d love to see it!

In other news don’t forget to jump on the Mother’s Originals sale! Use code: ilovemom to get mom something special for Mother’s day, May 14. Or check out the Under $50 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!


Under $50 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Under $50 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is May 14, just one month away!

Who knows your own mother better than you do! In the past I always got my mom flowers or jewelry. But over the past few years I’ve been thinking more creatively. I normally spend about $150 on mothers day between flower delivery and a card. Bonus bucks for brunch! All in all mother’s day can wind up costing more than I anticipate each year. This year, I propose we set a budget while still making our mothers feel special! Here are some tips and gift guide ideas for your mother’s day this year!

  1. Make a card instead of buying it!
    • Buy some watercolor paper and a childs watercolor set and paint your own with a watercolor wash and some thoughtful words, your mom will melt.
  2. Shop Framed Prints Starting at $47.00
    • Getting mom a framed print that comes ready to hang means there’s no cleanup when the flowers die, and a print will never die.Christine_Olmstead_Mothers_day
  3. Get Mom a new protective phone case starting at $35christine_olmstead_mothers_day
  4. The perfect carry all pouch for loose change, makeup or nick knacks starts at $15Christine_Olmstead_Mothers_day_pouch
  5. Cute to go mugs (starting at $24) mean your mom can finally throw out all those free travel mugs she got in conference goody bags. I don’t know about your mom, but my mom is a big coffee and tea drinker, always. You can pretty much always find my mom with either a bottle of water, mug of tea, or travel mug in her hand. Christine_Olmstead_Mothers_day_mug

Of course! if none of these particular items suit your mom head over to the shop to see if there is something more your mom’s style! Shop

And of course our mother’s day sale on originals is still going on. Use code: ilovemom at checkout to get %15 off all original paintings! 

Happy Shopping for mother’s day! But most of all I hope you’re able to make your mom feel loved, thought of, and special. If your mother is no longer with you I pray you have peace and joy at the remembrance of your mother.