Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's a Tie

I didn't kill it, and it didn't kill me. All in all, not bad for my first pressure cooking experience. I certainly didn't keep my cool under pressure: having heard several horror stories about exploding cookers, I was a little on edge. I called my parents no less than 5 times while pacing around the perimeter of my kitchen -- a safe distance from the hissing, shaking object on the stove -- and telling them that I was certain to be blown up any second.

Turns out that the little jiggly thing on the top didn't work so great -- it didn't jiggle to let me know that the cooker had reached pressure. After about a half hour of nothing happening, I poked it gently with a spoon and it started spinning like crazy. So I shut the cooker off, depressurized it, and opened it to find some very well-cooked beans. Thankfully, nothing burned, and next time I'll know to check the pressure after about 10 minutes.

I think that I'll give this recipe a try tomorrow. Green peas for the yellow, water for broth, add some cauliflower and carrots and maybe part of a can of tomatoes. The more that I use the cooker, the less scary it will be! (Yay for kitchen desensitization therapy!)


Blogger Nupur said...

Three cheers for pressure cookers. Treat them with respect and they will do right by you and cook you some awesome energy-efficient meals :)
Cauliflower in the cooker does tend to get a little mushy and smelly, I have to warn you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:16:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I've never used a pressure cooker before! Hope your recipe turns out well.

Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:48:00 PM  

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