As I mentioned on my last post, I received a pressure cooker for Christmas. My husband took the lead and started using it, as he figured I would not get to it soon enough.
I am still not in a hurry to learn how to operate it because he is doing a great job of using it. He has cooked two additional meals since my last post, both of which were great.
As long as he wants to continues to experiment with it, I will let him! He does seem to be very cautious, and keeps his distance from the stove as he waits for whatever it is that happens in the process. I am not following all of the steps as I should, but I do notice his cautiousness and it makes me kind of nervous to prepare to cook something myself.
I have a feeling we will be using the pressure cooker often though, as it seems that there are many dishes that can be prepared in short periods of time, and that is really what most interests me about it. Let’s see what I am able to do in the next few weeks.
For both dishes, he used recipes to get started but he made changes to simplify the process, and to make less portions than the recipes called for. He opted to prepare stews because he is still not sure how to adjust water for other recipes. As mentioned before, both meals were great and both had great depth of flavor. Here are the pictures of the dishes he prepared.
I am not sure if these pictures speak to you, but let me tell you, the flavors were excellent.
The dish on the first picture had chicken, mushrooms, bell pepper, black olives, tomato, white wine, cilantro, salt, Pepper, a bit of tomato paste, and a little heat from a home made salsa with jalapeno and serrano peppers.
The second dish followed a minestrone recipe more closely.
Image: Chicken Cacciatore Inspired Stew
Image: Minestrone Soup
To be able to prepare fast meals with great depth of flavor is a pretty good reason for us to experiment with complex kitchen devices. (I’ll catch up soon).
You won’t believe this, but as I write this post, my husband is watching TV and looking online for the next recipe!!
I have a feeling we will be experimenting in the kitchen with the pressure cooker for a while.
How often do you try new recipes?
If you like soups, and would like to try a new recipe, I found Soup Recipes for Every Season on the Mayo Clinic website. These are basic recipes that have nothing to do with pressure cookers, but I suppose they could be adjusted if you wanted to. Happy Experimenting in the Kitchen!
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