You may remember that I went and bought myself an electric pressure cooker a few months back. We just happened to get a flyer in the mail with the schedule for the local store, Kitchen Kneads cooking classes and lo and behold they had a dagnabbed class on how to use your pressure cooker! Sign me the heck up. It only took 3 people 45 minutes to get the lid on the first time, might as well see what else I’m doing wrong! Saturday, Madre and I attended a full class on the subject.
The instructor made 4 dishes during the class using 4 different pressure cookers… the cupboard space that must require! I could only eat 2 of the 4 since I’m one of those annoying non-meat-eating chicks. I got a plate of mushy broccoli… it was only mushy because she didn’t hear the beep telling her that it was done and that she needed to turn it to pressure release so it ended up cooking too long… but it did have some mighty good flavors on it. Some lemony concoction with this new spice mixture we went and bought a bottle of… Spuds or something… it pretty much had every herbal remedy known to man stuffed inside one convenient bottle… and it was pretty tastee too! I almost asked for a straw for my broccoli… but you better believe I choked down every last bite… despite my hatred of all things mush! She then served a pork chow mein over brown rice (which Madre said was delicious). I might give that one a go without the meat and then use nuts as my protein or a side of beans. I’m getting a lot better at including more protein in my diet… honey boo boo child! 😛 There was then a break while the other 2 dishes finished cooking… aka please shop our store and buy tons of things you don’t need!! We walked out of there with a pressure cooker cookbook, the spuds spice, 2 cleany dealy majigs to get down in the cracks and crevices of your cooker, and then have our name on the list for a rubber rack to steam vegetables in your cooker on. The power of persuasion. She told us we needed it, so we done went and bought it! She also tried to talk us into buying a bottle of vanilla with black speckles in it for $150.00 (I did not stutter), but I somehow managed to knock a welt in my head large enough to forget that idea.
After the “break” aka give us all your money extravaganza, we went back to try the Acapulco Chicken with rice (Madre loved this one too… it had blood orange peels in it)… and last but not least… this concoction:
Kinda looks like something the deer gave in the backyard, don’t it… BAMBI!!!!! Pralines and Cream Bread Pudding… I can tell you that before Saturday I had NEVER in my lifetime had a bread pudding. It just sounded nasty to me… soggy bread? Um… PASS!! Plus, if the dessert didn’t have chocolate on it, you’d likely not see me going out of my way to order it. I tried the dish with an open mind, mostly since I really needed something to get the mushy broccoli taste out of my mouth with! I gotta say… I didn’t hate it. It was quite tasty. Different than anything I’d ever tried before. I can’t say that if given the choice between a brownie and this concoction I’d ever go for this concoction, but you can’t win anything when chocolate is involved!
She even gave us a spiffer tip on how to concoct a handle to get the bowl out of the pressure cooker without burning your hands to death:
Ta da… instant aluminum foil handle… and afterwards you can try sticking it into the plug outlets if you need a jolt of some kind! All in all it was a successful class… I’m planning on making some of the concoctions I dug out of the new pressure cooker cookbook for next week’s menu. Neighbors… no need to call the ambulance unless I yell FIRE!!
Question of the Day: Do you like bread pudding? Do you have a favorite flavor?