Fast and Slow

IMG_3625Just topped my coffee up with some hot water, you’re welcome to do so as well.  Perhaps you like your coffee strong, like rocket fuel.  I’m topping it up mainly to add some heat.  I’ve been bobbing around doing the breakfast.  Getting a loaf on the go, so the coffee had gone slightly below that enjoyment heat level for me.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how excited I am.  After doing various bits of research on the slow cooker scene we’ve gone for a a combined fast and slow cooker.

It arrived roughly around the same time as the prime ministers baby, absolutely not related but at the time I know what I was more excited about.  A replacement for a 10 year old steamer which had been holding onto life for some time, and a slow cooker which loves to spit all over the work surface when it’s doing its thing.  I convinced the boss that we could swap 2 things with one, up our cooking game and learn something new in this lock down period.  Placed the order on Sunday and it arrived by the Wednesday.

We had a pressure cooker back in the 80s, a monster of a thing that we used a fork to pull the valve off.  Today it comes like a robot just off the set of Star Wars or as my wife described it the head of a Cyberman.  I know I’m really late to this party of a modern one pot that both sears and slow cooks…or fast cooks depending on your mood.  But I’m looking forward to the journey.

Since our veg order came from the wholesaler there’s been a bit of queue on the machine, almost thinking we could have 2 on the go.  Monster beetroot reduced to tears in minutes.  Not quite like roasted, but still sweet and soft within about 15 mins.  Hummus from dry chickpea in 30.  Slow cooked a ham hock and then pressure cooked the bone afterwards.  Stock was amazing.  Not convinced with the Rissotto…but will give it another go.

Where ever you are I hope this brief coffee share finds you safe and well.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Eclectic Alli that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

11 thoughts on “Fast and Slow

  1. The closest we ever got to that sort of cooking was to get a slow-cooker to make beef and pork roasts with garden vegetables. I enjoy reading about your cooking adventures. Thank you!

    Best wishes for your week!

  2. It’s an exciting addition to the kitchen, and that was pretty quick delivery considering the global pandemic. Have a great week ahead! #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. I think if it was just a pressure cooker….it would have it’s place for a while and then collect dust in the cupboard. This allows to sear and then slow cook, which suits our lifestyle…..although I’m missing the glass lid!

  3. Masterchef is on here and one of the new judges is Scottish – Jock Zonfrillo, although it sounds like he might need to stick a Mc in front of that. Been watching them cook up all sorts on the show and my own cooking always improves. Been doing a lot more cooking since lockdown and ordered the shopping online for the first time. Doubt we’ll go back, although it is good to see the full range in person.
    I’ve never used a pressure cooker, although we have a slow cooker I use occasionally. I think the pressure cooker could suit me better and speed things up. I usually under estimate how long its going to take.
    Hope you have a great week and stay well.
    Best wishes,

    1. A few weeks in now with the pressure cooker….and it’s revolutionised beet root for my wife. For me, I’ve cooked a pot roast chicken in 40 mins. A daal that usually takes 6 hours down to 45 mins. Don’t think I’ll make it again, now I’ve got rid of the full bag of beans (urid) but impressed by being able to cook something so quickly. Zonfrillo….is an interesting scottish name!

  4. Hello EC. Okay. I’ve succeeded at being a good correspondent about not asking for your recipes until now but, as a long time lover of both pressure cooking & cookers, and hummus, I am finally failing to resist the temptation. I must know how you use yours to create hummus. My wife has a recipe that I love, but it takes her so long that she rarely agrees to make it. She talked me through it once long ago and I agree, it was a lot of work for what I got. I’d love to know how you partnered with your cooker to create a great hummus. What can I bribe you with? Come along, every man has his price. Surely we can find an intersection where both of ours meet. I have an amazing black bean stew that I produce in our huge old pressure cooker. A couple of years back I finally had to replace its ancient gasket because the poor thing simple could not seal against the pressure anymore. I would gladly write that formula for you in exchange. I offer this wonderful pressure cooker product with the hopes that now your mouth is watering at the the thought as mine is of the thought of your hummus.
    Warmest regards, 😉

    1. I don’t know how I missed this comment…..I’ll definitely put it down for you.

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