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. 


Dill and Basil Garbanzo and Tomato Salad

This one's all about the sauce. This sauce is very easy, but damn good.

It's basic ingredients. It's no cooking. Just cutting and stirring. It's both beautiful to look at and to eat.

Summer tomatoes are so sweet and juicy and flavorful. You've got to take advantage of the season.

3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno, miniced
1/2 a long hot pepper, diced
1 serrano, sliced on the bias
1 poblano, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
3 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce

1 can garbanzos, rinsed

2 tsps salt
1 tsp  black pepper
1 tsp dill
1 tsp basil

The key is to let everything rest a while. We haven't applied heat to extract any of the juices or flavors. So we need to let time work its magic instead.

Put it all together. Stir it all up. Leave it alone for at least a couple of hours in the fridge. Let the tomatoes release their juices. Let the flavors intermingle.

If you're patient you'll find that beautiful sauce at the bottom of your mixture.