On a Sunday afternoon, I had a ramen workshop at Lana's lovely house on a hill in Tiburon. Lana is a friend of Tricia who I met last year when she stayed with her family as Airbnb guests at our house in Scotts Valley. While They stayed, I prepared breakfast for them since it was included.
Then, one day, I got a text from Tricia that she was interested in taking my cooking class. I was so happy and honored. After we exchanged several emails, we decided to have a ramen workshop in Tiburon. There, I met cool ladies who are so keen to their healthy well being. They were very kind and positive. It was always challenging for me to explain everything in English, but they were so cheerful and made me feel comfortable to speak out. So, thank you, ladies! You opened up a new door for me.
We made ramen noodles from scratch, and vegan ramen broth which can last in the refrigerator for a month. This broth comes in very handy, especially when you have a busy day. If you have pasta or any type of noodles and vegetables, you can create a delicious pasta within 10 min. You just boil the pasta, sauté the vegetables, then mix with the broth. Then, you have a delicious healthy pasta meal.
We also cooked three side dishes that we used for toppings on ramen. Then, we made daikon-mochi as an appetizer. Daikon has amazing healing properties including cancer prevention and detoxification to eliminate excess toxins and fats. I talked about daikon previously on my blog, so if you are interested, please check the link. https://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine/daikon-radish-miracle-medicine
Last but not at least, I introduced another amazing vegetable, called burdock root. Burdock root has been valued for its ability to purify blood and has potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. It also has an amazing power to cleanse the bowels. If you don't have a regular bowel movement, try to introduce burdock in your diet. Since burdock is not medicine, it helps to promote a gentle bowel movement naturally. Besides, while it helps to cleanse the bowels, it aids to boost your immune system, healthier skin and purify your blood. You can get burdock root at any asian market. If you wrap them in damped newspaper, and put in the plastic bag tightly. Then, you can put them in the refrigerator, they can last for more than a month.
During the workshop, we talked about many subjects. Since most of the ladies who came were mothers, I want to highlight about the danger of sugar. When I moved back to CA from Japan in 2011, my son was 9 years old at that time. He went to a regular public elementary school. The school was very nice. He was fortunate to have many wonderful teachers and friends. But, there was one drawback - sugar! My son's class had about 35 children, and whenever they had a birthday, their parents brought sweets to the class. And usually, they invited each other to their birthday party afterwards. Then, It continues with Halloween, Christmas, valentines, teacher's birthday, and the end of the year party. My son was constantly exposed to the sugar! It was scary... But, luckily, he did not like sweets, so every time he gets treats, he gave away to his friends who wanted to have more.
Now, my son is 15 years old, and does not eat much of sugary food. I think it because I tried not to introduce him to any sugary sweets when he was small. Children love the taste of the sweetness so it's easy for them to love it if you feed them foods that are sweet. So instead, I let him chew a lot of vegetables. I just simply boiled the vegetables and let him chew on them. As he grew older, I always prepared a few rice balls for his snack wherever we went. Rice balls are made by steamed rice, packed tightly into circles or a triangle shape by hand. They are easy to make and portable. I hope I can post how to make delicious rice balls in the future.
I think it helped him grow healthy including his jaw bones. Nowadays, a lot of children have poor jaw development, due to bottle feeding and mushed food. They missed out on the chance of chewing properly when they were young. Chewing is a very important factor to grow healthy. I talked about chewing on my blog as well so if you are interested, please check the blog below. Not only children but everyone can get have a great benefit from chewing well.
It was a lot of fun talking and cooking together with Tricia and her lovey friends. And Lana's beautiful daughter was such a great helper! She helped to make ramen noodles for us.
Thank you, Tricia for giving me the opportunity to introduce my ramen to your community! Thank you, Lana for opening up your beautiful kitchen! And all the ladies who came to the class.
Just for your information, I am including the photo of my drawing which I use when I explain how white sugar can be made. I would like to recommend to watch the video below. It is very educational, and you can learn a lot especially if you have a baby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0kvaulUIfc