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. 



I've been a vegetarian since 2010. Actually started as a vegan. Did that for a year. I still have this tendency to want to be vegan. It's definitely the right thing to do. The cheese and the ice cream always get me eventually. I am weak.

It's this lifestyle change that originally got me into cooking, which I now love. Probably too much. It's a bit of an obsession.

It opened up this whole world of previously unexplored foods and cuisines. It took time, but I learned how to manipulate spices, herbs and vegetables to really extract the maximum amount of flavor from each humble ingredient. So I want to share what I've learned with fellow meatless eaters as well as those who are curious about trying it.

The culinary world uses animals for flavor. It's a cruel and lazy approach. There are bucket loads of flavor to be mined from vegetables, fruit and spices. It just takes a more finesse.  A little booze always helps.