Test Drive

There are manuals, there are CDs, there are downloads, but I have never purchased a product which has 4 booklets each containing instructions in 7 different languages.
The diagrams and parts reference drawings are all the same though!

Last night, we gave our new pressure cooker a test drive.
For the princely sum of less than two pounds, we made a vegetable stew which will do us for 2 days, just like our big beast did in the cottage.
pressure cooker
The nice thing about this new one is that there is no heavy weight to put on the top, and once everything is cooking, the lid regulator and safety lock do their bit, so I don’t have to think about it!

It came up to heat in 10 minutes.
I turned down the heat 5 minutes later.
I turned off the heat 10 minutes after that.
Once the pressure had diminished safely (lid ‘popped’ the safety catch), I was dishing up.
Total time from preparation to bowl, thirty five minutes.

My stew recipe:
2 carrots
1 whole swede
1 parsnip
2 onions
6 potatoes (I used the largest from a pack of new potatoes and kept their skins on)
1 veg stock cube*
1 chicken stock cube*
2 cups boiling water (used to dissolve stock cubes*)
1 dessert spoon gravy granules to thicken slightly more before serving.

Plus fresh crusty bread to dunk

Stews on a budget are terrific as you can use up leftover meats  and any veg.
For us, meat is optional (the butcher thought my 100g of stewing steak was for the dog), and I sometimes add a turnip and leeks as well.
My mother always used to include pulses (pearl barley, lentils and chick peas) and when the pressure had reduced, added the best suet dough dumplings and covered with a lid for about ten minutes before serving.
I’m not keen on pulses and Hubby doesn’t like dumplings, so as soon as it’s cooked, we’re tucking in!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Test Drive

  1. scifihammy says:

    The perfect meal for cooler weather 🙂

  2. That’s amazing! I had one of those old beasts too and it took so long to get the temperature up. Then there was the rattling that seemed say “explosion imminent.” Nothing cooked in 35 minutes total time. These new ones sound like they are worth it.

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