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. 


Dead Again

I love red cabbage. It's a great vegetable. It requires little to no preparation and taste great and is full of nurtients like vitamin c and vitamin a. It's also quite attractive. Red cabbage can be eaten completely raw, which is always convenient. Or it can be cooked or pickled. It's great braised or sauted. Picling really makes it tender and tart. While the raw version is crisp and a unique combination of bitter and sweet.

I find red cabbage is a great salad base comparable to any lettuce incarnation. It takes quite a lot of chewing to consume.... so it's ideal for overeaters. It wears me out just trying to finish it.

I realy simple and delicious red cabbage salad is easily composed with chooped cabbage, chopped green pepper, chopped carrots and sauted sliced garlic. It's nicely dressed with a little bit of vinaigreette salad dressing thinned with white vinegar. Finish with fresh cracked black pepper. and top with a few generous spoonfuls of black beans.

It's interesting how vegetables are evolving in cuisine. Once side players they are gaining prominence. The current trend suggests meat will become the side dish and vegetables areo to become the star.. I'm oaky with that. Although I can do without the meat altogether. I understand the transition is harder for some.

But people need to wake up. Dinining on dead flesh is disgusting.