Pressure Cooker Vegan Lentil Soup

On the myriad cooking shows I watch they often use pressure cookers. I've often wondered to myself if I need one and if I did have one, what exactly I would make with it. 

I never did buy one for myself. I always figured I had the time to wait for the same thing to happen via the stovetop. 

But for some strange reason, my mother bought one. She doesn't even like to cook. Perhaps that factored into her decision. 

When she fell ill, I found myself with the desire to make good use of this appliance on her behalf. It felt therapeutic to create sustenance from this device that she'd bought so soon before she'd become sick. 
Since it's summer and hot, I thought to myself, I can make a complex broth based soup without making the house hot simmering it on the stovetop for a long time. 

My absolute favorite soup meal is lentil soup. It's just the ultimate vegan chicken noodle soup analog. It's the food of memories, childhood and comfort. It will give you a big hug. 


False Advertising

This whole cage free bullshit really pissed me off. Yet another way to dupe the consumer. And people really buy into it. They think they're doing something good. They pay extra for the extras believing they are being kind. And the evil corporations laugh and continue thinking up new ways to make their vicious cruelty sound palatable.

Cage free indicates only that chickens are not stored in tiny singular cages. Instead they are housed in large, dark, communal cages full of many other chickens. Where they wade through each other's shit and peck at each other and generally enjoy a life devoid of sunshine and happiness.

Don't even get me started on 'free range'. Access to the outdoors. If their disproportionately skinny little legs can carry their hormonally over sized bodies to the exit through a sea of other deformed chickens. And if they manage to get there, it's just some barren dirt. And they have exactly 15 minutes per day chance to reach this false sanctuary.

What really baffles me is why these obvious marketing ploys even work. 98% of people have no problem eating tortured pigs, cows, lambs, calves, chickens, turkeys, etc. So why is it they require that they are turned on by ersatz humane eggs?

I'd love to know the logic behind guiltlessly eating tortured animal meat and yet opting to purchase cage free eggs?

Such is the collective delusion of all humanity.