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. 


Meat is Murder

On my walk today I came across a young cow. I don't live in a location where one would encounter many cows. There are a bunch of horse ranches in the next town north. There are some goats. Some donkeys. Some bulls. Some alpaca.

Even though I live in a fairly populous city, it is surrounded by rural areas.

I've come across a variety of domesticated animals. Several steer that I know became someone's dinner.

Plenty of horses.

But cows are extremely rare. I've never encountered a cow before this close to home. This close up.

My first thought? I hope it does't become someone's dinner.

It had no interest in me. All it cared about was noshing on as much grass as it could.

It's a big, dumb animal. Still, it's just an animal. Like a dog or a cat. It deserves our mercy.

We don't need to eat animals. We don't need to exploit them. We have so many alternative methods for creating nutritious food.

The irony being, a cow would never eat us. Yet our pets...dogs and cats would feast on our flesh if we were dead and they were hungry.

Growing animals exclusively to become food is inhumane at the heart of it.

We no longer need to cultivate animals for food. We can get all the nutrition we need through plants and supplements.

Continuing to eat them simply because they taste good is sociopathic.