I was reading how some people cook with their pressure cookers every single day. Why not? I wasn’t going to use mine today. I’ve thawed out some cod for supper, and not sure I am totally comfortable cooking cod in the cooker, however, I did find a recipe for it so I will try it one of these days.
But for today, I’ll just prepare it as usual with some bread crumbs and baked in the oven. Always a sure thing and good.
But, I have a bunch of potatoes and I wouldn’t mind some potato salad with the cod. Especially since I also have some ears of corn – the first of the season – to cook up.
So, out I went to the kitchen, I peeled 4 large baking potatoes, cut them up in 8ths, larger than usual for potato salad, put them in the pressure cooker, boiled water with my tea kettle (which is my TIP FOR THE DAY with regard to cooking with a pressure cooker – boil the water quickly ahead of time with your electric tea kettle and just measure out the amount you want into the cooker, put in food, cover and start timer when it is ready).
In “5-7” minutes, the potatoes are done but not mushy. Cooled off the pot quickly and Presto, they are done. In less than 10 minutes in total.
While the cooker was steaming away, I chopped up/added the following and put in a bowl:
2 Stalks Celery, chopped
1/2 Vidalia Onion chopped
1/2 cup Spanish Olives – whole
2 Carrots chopped small
1 TBSP Dry Mustard
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Splash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Salt/Pepper to taste
1 tsp. Dill Weed
1 tsp. Sweet Relish
3 TBSP Mayonnaise
Add cooked potatoes and toss gently.
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The potatoes were still a little firm – just right – and I didn’t bother cutting them up any smaller – the pieces are about 1 x 2 inches. So that’s in the fridge awaiting dinner time, all done.
Oh, and I did taste a small piece and OMG, it was perfection!
As for the corn, after consulting my personal food guru, the World Wide Web, I found you can cook corn on the cob in the pressure cooker just fine, so I husked the corn and they are waiting to be cooked at the last minute. The fish only cooks in the oven for about 15 minutes, so a pretty easy dinner.
Did I mention before that I love my Pressure Cooker?
I asked Paul to help me think of a name for it, since it’s part of the family now (i.e. my laptop is called “Sherlock” because he solves so many mysteries for me when I need to know things), but all Paul could come up with was “Skippy” – I wasn’t too happy with that – it’s too close to “Kippie” and I don’t want to confuse my little laddie.
If anyone can think of a good name for my pressure cooker, I’m taking suggestions. Don’t feel hurt if I don’t choose your name…I am very picky about names and it has to be just right. I just can’t come up with one yet.
[ADDENDUM: “Presto” it is. It was obvious, I guess. Thanks Rhu!]
Thanks and Cheers!
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