Ramen in an Instant Pot

I have two appliances in my kitchen that have changed my life. One is my air-fryer, the other is my Instant Pot.

I watched a video a few weeks ago of a woman cooking ramen in a tiny Instant Pot. She was advertising a mini Instant Pot designed for use at your desk or when traveling.

I had always just added hot water from my electric tea kettle to the dry ingredients and then if they cooled off before I had a chance to eat them I would re-heat them in the microwave. Bland and boring, I could not understand why they were so revered by and entire nation. So revered in fact that Ramen noodles had been voted the most life changing invention ever for the nation of Japan (based on a 1958 survey.).

In the video I watched, this woman added cheese, eggs, and meat to the pot of noodles prior to cooking. I almost fell off my chair. Why? Why had I not thought to do the same? To me it was just a quick snack of re-hydrated noodles. To her it was a creative endeavor, one she had learned from her father. .

In this pot, I have added, Swiss cheese and ham. No eggs this time. I love eggs poached in my Instant Pot with my noodles. Hubby… not so much.

Deli sliced ham, Swiss cheese and frozen corn have been added to the pot. Photo is of the noodles prior to cooking.

Remove noodles and seasoning packet from the package of Ramen. Break up noodles a bit so that they fit into the pot but not so much so that they turn into dust (unless that is how you like your Ramen then go for it.). Open up the spice packets and add their contents to the pot along with all of the other ingredients you want to eat. Fill the pot with water, just enough to cover the noodles/ingredients or slightly more for additional broth. The more water you add the more diluted your spices will become. I prefer less broth.

This is what it looks like right after being cooked.

After filling the pot to desired water level, put the lid on and cook your noodles. I use the broth setting and usually only for a few minutes. The broth setting allows me to adjust the cooking time. If you are using cooked meat the setting is shorter, 5-7 minutes. Just enough time to re-hydrate the noodles and heat up the meat. If you are using frozen vegetables or raw meat, you might want to add on a minute or two to the cooking time but keep in mind this is pressure cooking and there is a risk of over cooking everything and ending up with mush.

Things to add to your Ramen; eggs, vegetables (fresh and frozen) meat or no meat if you are doing The Fast, cheese; either place cheese into the pot with the other ingredients prior to cooking or after cooking (I like to do both.), adding cheese prior to cooking creates a creamy broth. Adding cheese after cooking lends texture.), extra seasoning packets if you have them.

The finished meal plated up.

In just a few minutes you can have a delicious, hot meal.

Ramen cooked in an Instant Pot is my new comfort food. What odd food item have you cooked in your Instant Pot.



Preparing for the Deep Dive into Lent

Yesterday I posted a photo of a book, and icon I had purchased at church.

I started reading it to see what I needed to do to prepare to read this book for 40 days. The author mentioned that the study in this book could be used as a spiritual retreat. After having only been to Divine Liturgy a few times over the last year, I sure could use a spiritual retreat, or Deep Dive.

Aside from the issues with the virus and my husband being at high risk to catch it, going to church was a bit depressing. Hardly any people were there, the icons were covered,people we grumpy and distant. It has been hard. Try as I might, worshiping at home is just not the same as with the community of believers (Probably why the bible is all about GOING to church to worship.).

My plan is to; attend as many services as possible, read scripture, pray and dig into this book. I know many people do an intensive reading of Psalms at this time but this year, I am going in a bit of a different direction.

I will be giving my home altar a spring cleaning. New candles, new incense… the works.

How are you preparing for Lent?


Real-time confession

New-to-me-iconography in church. Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow.
The left is an icon of the Prayer of the Optina Elders. The right is a book by Frederica Mathewes-Green

I attended Divine liturgy for the first time in months and did real-time confession for the first time in a year.

As I was driving to church I decided to stay for the whole thing as in; don’t-leave-after-taking-the-Eucharist as I normally would have done in the past. The Bishop sent out an email lifting certain restrictions and I was determined to do everything that had been forbidden in the past year because of Covid. I venerated icons, now with no gold mesh barrier across the bottom. I sang, sans mask, I venerated the cross the priest holds at the end of service.

All in all it was a good morning.

Back to my purchases and the new icons in church.

The top pic shows one of the many new-to-me icons on the walls at church. Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow is now residing above the full length icon of St. Xenia.

There are a couple more I took pics of but I’m holding onto them for future posts.

Let’s talk about the book; First Fruits of Prayer, a Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green.

I don’t know much about it!

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I was visiting with the woman who runs the bookstore and she basically thrust it into my hands so I could buy it. That’s pretty much how she recommends books.

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It’s good though. I was looking for something for Lent but it’s kind of like looking in the fridge constantly hoping the thing you want will just manifest.Like maybe on the 100th look inside the refrigerator fairy will give up and turn that moldy lump of cheese into German chocolate cake!

So here I go reading book with the word, canon on the cover and I had no idea what the word canon meant and had to go look it up.

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I KNOW, right?!

So now I have 40… that’s FORTY days of this. Sigh… fine… whatever.

A better pic of the icon from Uncut Mountain Supply.

Prayer of the Optina Elders Plaque – Vertical –(POE10)

That’s my update for now. Church! There you go.


Because Christ wants you to be sweet!

I am gearing up for the upcoming Nativity Fast which begins on Nov. 15th and ends on Dec. 24th. Orthodoxy can be challenging.

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Who can tell me where this quote comes from?

I have been prepping for the upcoming fast and one of the ways I am doing this is by watching videos on vegan meal prep by Frugal, Fit Mom, Christine on Youtube. Ready vegan cookbooks and in general practicing eating bland food and using nut juices in my coffee which is awful.

The Orthodox fast for the benefits of discipline. There are set guidelines and it can get a bit complicated. It’s not a ‘vegan thing’ in the way vegans who are not Orthodox ‘do vegan’. We still eat honey and on some days fish is allowed as is oil, and wine.

The honey thing is what I am writing about today.

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I found this exchange about honey on a coptic Christian website. The first comment made me laugh out loud.

The second comment is wisdom we need to remember when fasting.

Girgisantony in Faith Issues Honey is an animal product like milk and eggs are. As we all know, anything with milk or eggs are not fasting foods. So if we abstain from milk and eggs because they are animal products as we abstain from meat. So can we eat honey while fasting? If we can, why can we have honey and not milk or eggs?

Comments

  • ItalianCoptic edited November 2017 As a convert, I have found those who concentrate on the semantics of an issue tend to forget the actual meaning of it. 
    There are people on here and Facebook who know every detail about all Christian history,  the councils, every single part of the Diving Liturgy, what Abouna should and should not be doing during a Liturgy, how we should dress in the church and even how we should be praying.
     Unfortunately, when you ask the last time they went to the Diving Liturgy or Confession, they have no response because they rarely attend or confess. It’s like trying to play American football without knowing how to tackle. 

    We should be focusing on our fasting by changing a number of things, and incorporating others in to our daily lives. Our eating habits are certainly a part of it. So, maybe no fast food if possible? Have some home made food? Eating less or no animal products, increase our prayer, sing the hymns of the season, and have more of an awareness of Christ in our daily lives. These should be the key points to focus on during a fast. 
    The idea is not to focus on what we can’t or can eat, but how we can improve ourselves and become more Christ-like. Also, be practical. Honey is a valuable source of vitamins and energy for those in certain climates. Egypt fits into that. Many of these rules were put in place not knowing that the church would be international like it is today. Honey was used as medicine — and still is — for centuries. If you look at it for the perspective of those who set out the guidelines of fasting in our church, it makes sense. 

Remember to keep the fast in your heart and not just on your lips. Go to liturgy while you can, another lockdown is coming. Fill yourself up with liturgy and try not to be a Pharisee!