U stands for UTENSILS

I have always been an enthusiastic cook and one of the most USEFUL and often USED UTENSIL in my kitchen is my pressure cooker. If I was given the option of having either a microwave or a pressure cooker , the pressure cooker wins, hands down.

My favourite kitchen UTENSIL. The UBIQUITOUS pressure cooker. 


Over the years it has turned out some hearty and delicious meals. Some of the family favourites are Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Cheese Wafers and

  Lentil with Bacon Soup plus lots of fresh vegetables... and not forgetting   Di's famous parsley dumplings......

Minestrone soup with Parmesan Chips. 




Bacon and Lentil Soup with Di's famous Parsley Dumplings.

USING a pressure cooker cuts the cooking time considerably, from start to finish, these two wholesome and hearty soups can be from cooker to table within twenty minutes.


Honey Glazed Ham.

The honey glazed ham took 35 mins in the pressure cooker, then a further 30 mins, roasted with a honey and clove glaze, in the oven. USING the Pressure Cooker cut the cooking time almost by half.  This method keeps the gammon tender and succulent.

 Cumberland sauce goes well with it.



Honey Glazed Ham.



Cumberland sauce.

So here it is .... all this lovely food cooked in my favourite kitchen UTENSIL,
THE UBIQUITOUS  
Pressure cooker. 

My sincere thanks to  Denise, who has UNDENIABLY brought a lot of pleasure to so many of us, by devising abcw and  UNITING people from all over the world, sharing thoughts, pictures, poems and daily doings, et al !

Also, our  UNENDING  gratitude to Roger the  UNASSAILABLE  Administrator,  for doing what he does, in keeping US, UP and running with UNFAILING aplomb.

Thanks too, to the team of helpers who, week after week, assist Roger with the visits to all participants....
WORLDWIDE....WOW!

Best Wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.




Comments

  1. I'm sure you're a GREAT cook!
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Roger,
      It has been said that I cook well, thankfully so do our three girls. As it happens I'm not really able to do much cooking now so himself has taken over and he's a really good, my role is now executive chef which allows me sit in my recliner, glass of wine in hand, giving instructions, when required!
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  2. I am drooling at the sight and sound of those dishes!

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    1. You know I recognised the name but couldn't think who it was...now I know! I've cooked a lot of hams over the years and always a standard must on Boxing Day, Ian's favourite too, so he was eager to learn how to cook it, In the winter the pressure cooker is always hissing away with a 'soup du jour'.... Love Di xx

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  3. Using my phone so I better sign...

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  4. I am drooling at the sight and sound of those dishes!

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  5. The pressure cooker was an absolute God-send when I was working.
    Healthy and hearty meals in no time flat.
    My cooker broke and I never replaced it. I got lazy and when we got a microwave, that became my Go To UTENSIL.

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    1. Hi There PhotoWB,
      I couldn't cook soup in the volumes I do, in the microwave... but we cook fish and the like which turns out well, particularly smoked fish 3 mins and it's ready to eat!
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  6. where would a cook be without them ;-)
    i never cook, our kitchen is the domain of my hubby so he owns lots of them

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-u/

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    1. Hi melody,
      Had I known my husband could cook so well I would have hung up my pinny (Pinafore), years ago and particularly when I was working !
      Have a lovely weekend.
      best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  7. My wife and I got a pressure cooker several years ago, but have only used it twice. Perhaps I can get your recipes sometime, because the dishes look and sound delicious. Blessings!

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    1. Arnoldo you really should use it they are a God send,,Look on google for instructions and recipes, there's loads of them,
      Love Di.
      ABCW team.

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  8. Years ago my husband bought a pressure cooker for me, but I didn't know how it worked so he took it back to the shop. But I do believe that it is a fantastic utensil!
    Thanks for your comment! If you might be able to visit The Netherlands, you can stay here, and I can show you the windmills.
    Wil, ABCWTeam

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  9. I have yet to try cooking with a pressure cooker. It actually scares me. I have this memory of the Older and Only Brother (who is a superb cook) shouting "Watch Out!" as he unscrewed the top. All the steam made me think of a volcano. If I find a pressure cooker among the Mama's kitchen stuff, I might give it at least one try.

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  10. We chucked our big floor cooker and just have a small counter top one with another double-ring bit so we can do four saucepans and an oven's worth of stuff!

    And no bending either!

    Marvellous and so easy to clean, and just fab!

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  11. I have been using pressure cooker since the time I started cooking which was thirty years ago. Pressure cooker is an indispensable utensil in Indian cooking. I have always been surprised that Americans don't as much. Pressure cooker is a huge time saver (I usually will cook at least two items in one round).

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