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. 


Vegan Restaurant in Ocean County

Something extraordinary happened to me the other night. I was dicking around on google and did a search for vegan food and I actually found a nearby restaurant with a full vegetarian and vegan menu to accompany their regular one. It's called Via Roma. It's in Toms River. It's a town or 2 away from me, but not that far.

It's an Italian restaurant and they are very big on the daiya cheese. I've heard a lot about this vegan cheese, but have never actually eaten it. I do wonder if it's as great as has been implied.

They had such a huge array of vegan dishes on their menu it was overwhelming. I'm used to having only 1 or 0 choices at any given eatery. They even have vegan desserts. That's unheard of!!!

What thrilled me the most was their burgers. I love veggie burgers, provided they are vegan veggie burgers. It can be quite frustrating. Veggie burgers are quite common and prevalent, but they almost always contain eggs. And that just won't do. Even when I was vegetarian and would eat milk products I still eschewed eggs.

I've made some great vegan burgers at home and they are not hard to make at all sans eggs. So I don't understand all these restaurant's compulsions to add eggs to them and louse them up.

But this place that I discovered actually has egg free vegan burgers and I find this extremely exciting. And they can be ordered with vegan cheese. It's like I've died and gone to vegan heaven. I can't wait to go there and try them out.

Will post again about them when I've actually dined there and have more to say.