Breakfast of Champions
Originally published August 4, 2012. Updated on 9/9/2021
Time for an obligatory Olympics-themed post!
I used to skate - a LOT. Started with figure skating (ice - freeskate and synchro), dabbled in speed skating (ice), then cross-trained on roller figure skating (old school quad skates), and inline speed skating (roller), and played a bit of roller hockey (inline).
No Olympics for me, but I did compete in a lot of it - local and local-ish (As far as Alberta, ND, and MN) competitions in figure skating, went to nationals for roller artistic (figure skating on quad / inline skates), did some races on inline speed skating.
I ALMOST got to go to Canada Winter Games in ice speed skating - missed it by only ONE spot!
... And the person who got that spot was a fellow figure skater that I'd JUST convinced to get into speed! UGH!
I hope such jockishness doesn't take away my nerd card!
My Original Breakfast of Champions...
When I was 12, I went to summer skating school for the first time.
Every morning, we'd get up early, I'd make a quick breakfast, and we'd hit the road. I ended up creating a meal that would become my daily staple, which I referred to as my "Breakfast of Champions".
Well, sometimes I'd say it with a bad french accent and call it "Breakfast Des Champignons" in Franglish, and then laugh to myself about how there were no mushrooms in it!
It started with a pack of No Name Curry Flavoured Ramen noodles, and kind of went off the rails from there.
It had fat, carbs, a bit of protein... was quick, cheap, and easy, and warmed me up from the inside.
IE: the perfect start to a few hours of skating!
Yes, I realize that I was a bit odd for a 12 year old, looking back on it.
Updated Breakfast of Champions
With all of this Olympics talk, it brought back memories of that favorite breakfast... so I made it again this morning.
I had to alter it slightly, as apparently the curry flavour ramen has been long since discontinued. Boo!
No matter, though - it still turned out almost exactly as I remembered it!
Oh, it hit the spot this morning.
I am banging this blog entry out as we're about to hit the gym for the first time in forever, so I'm hoping that the effects - even psychosomatic - are the same as my old "Breakfast of Champions"!
This is NOT high cuisine, mind you.
This dish takes about 6-7 minutes to make.
How to Make Breakfast of Champions
Actual recipe follows, at the end of this post. Here’s a pictorial overview!
First, gather your ingredients and chop your cheese. Things go fast as soon as you start cooking the noodles, so you want everything in place.
Take a packet of ramen type noodles, break it up a bit - not too much, and put it in a small saucepan.
Sprinkle the flavor packet and curry powder over it, along with the water from a can of cheapo shrimp pieces.
Top with just enough water to barely cover it (I like it SPICY, not diluted!), and cook only till the noodles start to soften a bit.
Add the shrimp, cook another few seconds to warm them up.
Toss in a handful of small cubes of mild cheddar, stir once (get the cheese warm, not melted yet), then strain the soup off the noodles.
Dump the noodles in a bowl, add the sour cream, and stir for a creamy noodle dish.
More Recipes that Remind me of Gramma
Since originally writing this post, my gramma has sadly passed... but her memory lives on.
Here are a few recipes that remind me of her, whether as something she taught me to make, a replica of a retail treat we used to enjoy together, or one of my own recipes that she would request whenever I’d visit, as an adult.
Gramma's Perogies Recipe
Homemade Marshmallow Cones
Homemade Clodhoppers Candy
Puffed Wheat Squares
Honey Dill Dipping Sauce
Paska - Ukrainian Easter Bread
Baking Powder Biscuits
Grandma's Potato Salad
Easy Butterfly Cupcakes
French Canadian Pea Soup
Beep Drink Recipe
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Breakfast of Champions
- 1 Packet Ramen Noodles, chicken flavour
- 1-2 teaspoon Curry Powder
- 1 can Cocktail Shrimp
- ⅓ cup Cheddar Cheese, small cubes
- 2 tablespoon Sour Cream
- Take a packet of ramen type noodles, break it up a bit, and put it in a small saucepan.
- Sprinkle the flavor packet and curry powder over it, along with the water from the can of shrimp pieces.
- Top with just enough water to barely cover it, and cook only till the noodles start to soften a bit.
- Add the shrimp, cook another few seconds to warm them up.
- Toss in the small cubes of mild cheddar, stir once (get the cheese warm, not melted yet), then strain the soup off the noodles.
- Dump the noodles in a bowl, add sour cream, and stir for a creamy noodle dish.
- Serve Immediately!