I can remember when I got my first VCR. I was in college at the time so it must have been the mid-80's. I was a huge fan of Moonlighting and it aired on Tuesday nights. And I had a night class on Tuesdays so I always missed the show. But with the VCR, I could decide when I wanted to watch! It all sounds very old hat today, what with DVRs and streaming video, but at the time, it was revolutionary.
So what does all this have to do with cooking? Well, I just got a new tool for my kitchen. An electric pressure cooker. I've used pressure cookers for years and my mother has used one for as long as I can remember, so I'm no stranger to them. But I've always resisted getting an electric one, figuring I have a perfectly good stove top. Recently however, I found out about a new feature that sold me on them.
Like most of us, I have days where I just really don't have time to cook. Whether it's a doctor's appointment or just a chance to spend some time with an old friend, my time for cooking is used up. I could go and get some fast food, but that's not the healthiest option. And stir frying is certainly quick but there is some prep time involved. Electric pressure cooker to the rescue! They have a timer so I can load the pan up when I have some time and then set the timer so my food is cooked when I return home. And this is also a place where being a vegan comes in handy. As there isn't any meat, eggs or dairy in the food, I don't have as many worries about leaving it out.
Don't worry, this isn't going to turn into a pressure cooker blog, I still love my wok! I've been working on a new Mediterranean stir fry that I hope to present to you later this week. But I do see the pressure cooker as a useful complement to the wok and I'll try to show some ways to make other dishes. After all, variety is the spice of life!