Yesterday started out with a bang. Okay, it was more like a loud pop, a boatload of sparks and some flame. I was sauting some onions for my breakfast. My birds started squabbling so I went to see what was going on. I heard a loud pop, turned around and saw sparks flying across my kitchen from my stove. There were flames under my saute pan. Fortunately, my guardian Angel was awake and hard at work. The sparks and flames were out before I really even realized what happened. It was way too much excitement for 5:15 am on a weekday. The only causality was my saute pan. The element the saute pan was on got so hot it melted a hole in the bottom of a stainless steel pan. Oh, and my stove. I am not turning on that thing ever again.
I am so thankful for my birds. If they hadn’t started squabbling I would have been standing right over the pan when the sparks started flying. I am so thankful nothing caught fire. Those sparks reached all over my kitchen. I shudder to think what an epic disaster this could have been. I am also thankful I still have my pressure cookers or else all I would be eating is sandwiches until my landlord gets back from his vacation.
Cabbage Roll Soup
Adapted From The Big Book Of Paleo Pressure Cooking
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 a large onion, diced
1 TBS finely chopped dates
1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 TBS white wine vinegar
1 TBS tomato paste
2 cups finely chopped green cabbage
2 cups compliant broth, beef, if you can find it
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat your pressure cooker on the high saute mode. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef and cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until it starts to get crispy and the meat is starting to stick to the bottom of the liner.
Add the onion, continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
Stir in the finely chopped dates, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, cabbage and 2 cups of broth. Beef broth is recommended but I used turkey broth and it worked fine.
Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes them quick release the remaining pressure. Taste and add more salt and vinegar, if necessary.