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. 


Flesh Wounds

There has always been a lot of debate over what is actually vegetarian. Various cheeses may contain animal enzymes derived from the stomachs of those slaughtered. It certainly doesn't sound vegetarian when I write it out that way. And I would love to see all cheese made form vegetable enzymes instead.

It certainly brings the vegan ideal closer to home. No ambiguity there. Milk is animal. So doesn't matter what the enzyme source. Milk bad.

The funny thing is sugar isn't really technically vegetarian. It's usually filtered using animal bone char. And while anyone can buy sugar in the raw, it's a lot harder to avoid sugar as an ingredient in prepared foods. I don't know too many vegetarians who don't eat boxed cereals or pre-made breads. Both of which contain sugar, apart from other questionable ingredients.

Our current society makes it pretty impossible to truly avoid animal cruelty. We can limit the damage we may or may not do, but we really can't eliminate it.

Those folks up in the wilds of Alaska probably have the right idea. They kill. But those animals at least led nice lives. I wonder if there are any vegetarians up there. Or if it's even possible to do.