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Among the more things I thought I'd mention is the adventure with the pressure cooker.

I preface this by saying that I have gradually overcome my fear of all methods of cooking, including, just last year, deep frying. And I have never been afraid of pressure cooking. Not that I use the pressure cooker for anything very adventurous... when I'm actually using it as a pressure cooker and not just as another deep sauce pan, I normally just cook beans in it.

So yesterday I was going to cook some beans (white and kidney) up for use in one of the recipes in the Redwall Cookbook ("Stones inna Swamp," to be specific), and I thought to save time, I'd use the pressure cooker. But meanwhile, ever since learning how to make akara (the very recipe that helped me get over my fear of deep frying), I have this habit of rubbing the loose skins off beans that are soaking. (sounds like a very lewd act, doesn't it) I usually rinse off most of the skins, but in the case of this batch of white beans and kidney beans, I suspect a lot of white bean skins were still in the water when I put the beans and water in the pressure cooker.

The directions for the pressure cooker say that you shouldn't put soup mixes or other things that foam and froth in the pressure cooker. White bean skins = something that foams and froths. One minute the pressure cooker was chugging away the way it's supposed to--the next moment it was going crazy, and all manner of froth was pouring out of the spout at the top. It looked like it was going to explode--which is what everyone always is afraid a pressure cooker will do. When it's at that stage, you don't want to get near it, but if you don't get near it, how can you get it off the heat? I went over, grabbed it, and pulled it off the burner. Only when it had settled down a little did I go back and turn off the heat.

... distracted now as I listen to the healing angel doing some kind of energetic exercise in the other room. He has a fever and is supposed to be resting. And Terry Gross is talking about riding freight trains, something I think about every time I see one lumbering by (slow dragons). I did once see someone riding the freight train. I think it's time to eat. Not many are gathered tonight in the wanderer's hut--just the healing angel and the tall one.



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Feb. 21st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
I don't really trust myself with a pressure cooker or a deep fryer.
NO ONE should trust me with a fryer.

-Do you have an obsession with illegally rifing trains or just the thought of travel and wandering to meet new places and people?
maybe you were a train riding hobo in another life?
Or some underground railroad escapee?
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
I must have been a hobo in a past life... I was such a good hobo I got rewarded with my current incarnation... but I'm doing such a ho hum job with this incarnation that I'll probably go back to being a hobo. Then I'll get to hitch a ride on a train again. (Suppose I could do it now, but I know in my heart of hearts that I won't.)
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