Ramen in the Wikipedia

All you’ve ever wanted to know about ramen is posted here in the Wikipedia. There is, of course, a link to the “Official Ramen Homepage”.

Excerpt:

“Despite some health concerns, ramen is a popular food item among college students due to its ease of preparation and extremely low cost—as of 2004, one packet could be bought for as little as 10-15 U.S. cents. Ramen is also very resistant to spoilage and can be easily prepared with boiling water, making it a favorite of backpackers.”

Starvin with Louis

Starvin With Louis is a web-based “tv-show” which features the adventures of poor Louis, who attempts to cook on a meager budget. Needless to say, he eats alot of ramen noodles.

Two episodes are already out and a third is on the way. Its pretty funny to watch and you get to see ramen cooking in video form.

Enjoy.

Ramen for the Troops

A fitting post for Memorial day, because whether you agree with the war or not, you should support our soldiers in Iraq. Judy wrote me and told me this story…

“I am representing the American Legion Post 15 in Medford, Or 97501 Last week we decided to put on a support your troops benefit so that we can try to get things that they need badly. Talking to 3 Army recruiters that just returned from Iraq said some of the best things you could send them was Spam and Top Ramen Noodles. They said they cut up the spam and fry it and then add the noodles and make kind of a stir fry out of it. I have contacted Hormel to see if they could donate spam and now I am asking you if you could donate some of your noodles. Either that or the cups of noodles. They acted like it was a real treat to them over there. So please help us give them something they like.”

I am not in a position to donate noodles, but I will certainly let Judy know how to contact Ramen manufacturers (links are on the right).

As for the rest of you, be thinking of the troops, and if you can figure out how to send them ramen, I am sure they will appreciate it!

Anyone who does want to contact Judy, use the “Got a Recipe?” form on the right and I will put you in contact with her.

Suck It Spammers!

Comment spammers have always been a problem here in Ramen land. I have implemented a blacklist, added moderation (just try to comment about poker), but now I have the final solution…

Introducing code-words for comments. When you enter a comment you will now need to enter a code-word. It should be easy to figure out.

Entries are Now Rankable!

You can now rank/rate entries. I have not yet setup a way to search based on rank, but I will do so this month sometime. In order to vote, click on an entries title. There will be a pull-down vote form at the bottom of the entry. You cannot vote on the main page, thats a “feature” of the rating code that I am using.

Recipe Categories are Coming!

The number one item in my last poll was a request for recipe categories. I have added the following categories:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Dessert
  • Pork
  • Quick and Easy
  • Seafood/Fish
  • Soup
  • Vegetarian

Let me know if I should add any others (in the comments section). I do assume that as I read back through the old recipes I will figure out new categories…

While I am fixing all the categories, I am also pruning some of the recipes that dont live up to the modern standards of the site. For example, recipes that simply suggest using a double flavor packet, which is quite a drole idea.