May 055A faithful crew.

Kids can be so easy to impress sometimes. It’s great.

Tonight in cooking class, not only did the lesson feature instant ramen as its main ingredient, but I actually stumbled upon the recipe on Buzzfeed of all places. I really don’t impress myself sometimes.

Considering this venture was high-risk for repulsive results, the actual outcome was pleasantly delicious. I even convinced my students to try a flavor-concentrated sauce with their crunchy cakes and half of them loved it. They were most impressed (lots of oooh’s and ahhh’s and even applause) by my one-handed pan flip, so it was a pretty good day all around.

You know you want to try it.

Pan-fried Ramen Cakes
From Aunt Peg’s Recipe Box
Serves 5

1 large carrot, shredded
1 medium zapallito (looks similar to zucchini), shredded
4 green onions, chopped
2 packets of ramen
4 Tbs. flour
3 eggs

Cook the ramen in boiling water for just two minutes and drain. Place the ramen in a medium bowl, and add the carrot, squash, green onions, flour, and noodle flavoring packets. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add the eggs to the noodle mixture, stirring quickly to avoid clumpy cooked eggs.

Heat oil in a pan, and when hot, plop down a small cup of noodle mixture. Flatten into a pancake and cook until crispy. Flip the cake over and fry until golden and cooked through.

Serve with a sauce made of equal parts soy sauce and red vinegar (I used about 2 Tablespoons each), and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Enjoy with the nostalgia of college days.

May 047May 048May 046May 053May 054The girls were making him giggle. :)


Tearing Around Tobati.

May 19, 2013

I don’t particularly like to admit that I dislike outdoorsy activities (unless laying on a beach counts?), because it sounds prissy. But to be frank, if I am deciding how to spend a day off, camping and hiking will never, of my own volition, be the foremost options. That said, I had a fantastic time exploring Tobati with the Sch’s on our holiday last week. Maybe sassy four-year-olds are simply the answer to my hiking reservations. Then again, sassy four-year-olds may be the answer to many of life’s conundrums.

In any case, Tobati is located about an hour and a half drive outside of Asuncion, and is especially known for its brick-making. Something about the composition of their red dirt is particularly conducive to producing quality bricks. We managed to make it to the city, clamber around, and climb back down the mountain just before the skies starting pouring forth violent rain. Thank God for large 4-wheel drives and snuggly peanuts who fall asleep and snore softly on my shoulder on the soggy ride home. Seriously, sassy four-year-olds…the best.

Hiking 101Hiking 105Hiking 111Hiking 010Hiking 019Hiking 040Hiking 044Hiking 073Hiking 046Hiking 048Hiking 082Hiking 084Hiking 112Yikes.

See more photos HERE!

Caleb turns 9!

May 16, 2013

Visible passage of time is never so apparent as in the growth of children. I keep finding photos I took of the Sch kids when I first arrived in Paraguay, and they look so young! Nearly two years later, gone are the baby faces and miniature limbs. All four are blossoming into full-grown sasquatches, especially freshly 9-year-old C. Crazy!

IMAG0550-1-1His request for Big Lowen’s lemon pie.

IMAG0552Birthday beast.

IMAG0553-1His loyal entourage.

IMAG0554I thought this shirt was going to be too small for him,
so I tried it on to make sure and it fit me perfectly.
It also fits him perfectly. Oy.

Dinosaur Love: Fambly.

May 16, 2013

IMAG0531This is one of my favorite pictures of B and I (right and left, respectively).
K, the talented artist, is also the little nugget in the middle.