This is my food ode to the one I love.
No not my stomach.
To my other half.
I swear, this is as romantic as it gets.
The omni boyfriend and I have been through a lot (of food) over these past 3 years together. There’s been good food – all the vegan food I’ve ever cooked, I’m biased. There’s been some bad food – back in my omni days of greasy kebabs and chicken shops. And then there’s been some damn right ugly food – what even was the point 5hr cooked casserole I slaved over that looked like mush!?
With our anniversary – yippee we remembered this year! – and the commercial joy that is St Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought I would choose to share the boyfriend’s favourite vegan recipe.
It gets the really really good rating because it’s something both him and I love to eat, as is, no adapting for our separate tastes – and it’s super duper easy and quick (and a bit messy!) – leaving more time for the *fun* stuff (more eating, playing scrabble, debates about politics etc)!
A Vegan Romantic Ramen
Feeds – a small army or two very hungry people
Vegetable wise (ingredients bellow)
1 x pack of firm smoked tofu, cut into thin slices*
1 x pack of noodles**
1.5/2pints of boiling water
* I don’t drain mine for this recipe
** I alternate between dried udon noodles, the ready to wok udon noodles or lidl chicken instant noodles
Ingredients for the Vegetable wise: use what you have, experiment! As a base I usually use the below and add to it:
2 x carrots – julienned
(or cut into thin slices for us normal folks)
1 x courgette
(cut the same as the carrots)
A handful of broccoli florets
(fresh or frozen, doesn’t matter)
A handful of frozen peas or edamame beans
2 x vegetable stock cubes
2 x cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
Grated or chopped ginger (as much as you like)
Dried or fresh chilli (again as much as you like)
The instructions are basic of what to do next (as always with me): CHUCK IT ALL IN TO A PAN.
Allow it to boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes depending on how firm you like your veggies or how hungry you are.
Remember to stir every couple of minutes or so to avoid sticking.
And serve – I use deep big bowls and usually top with more chilli or some salted peanuts or some wilted spinach