Pressure cooking, by its very nature, is a faster and healthier way to prepare foods. Nutrients are preserved at much higher rates than other, conventional cooking methods, flavours are intensified and, again, cooking time can be reduced by up to 70%. Throw in the fact that you are using less energy, wasting less water and how can you go wrong?
Unfortunately, many of us have scary memories of our grandmother’s pressure cooker, hissing, spitting and rattling away on the stove like a time bomb, threatening to blow at any moment. Well, today we are lucky enough to have access to a new generation of electric pressure cookers that are safe, easy to use and that can save you hours in the kitchen.
Popular food blogger, photographer and stylist Carole Nelson Browne will show you how can use this amazing kitchen time-saver to prepare some of the most popular pressure cooker dishes. You will learn how to cook whole beets and dried cannellini beans in 20 minutes to make a gorgeous salad, a 1/2-hour chicken stock that can be used for a 6-minute risotto! (a #vegetarian version will also be available). You’ll finish up with a beautiful creme brûlée made right in the pot!
I will be using the Instant Pot, a Canadian pressure cooker that also functions as a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, steamer and is amazing with all manner of pulses, grains and dried beans. We will discuss all kinds of tips and tricks, foods that are well suited to the pressure cooker and foods that are not.
Carole Nelson Brown‘s passions for food and her family —although not necessarily in that order — are legendary. From her love of blogging in The Yum Yum Factor, including showcasing delicious and unique ethnic and everyday recipes as well as reviewing local restaurants and other exciting edible happenings in Toronto and beyond, teaching cooking classes, completing a personal challenge of never repeating the same recipe twice for a full year (which proved easier said than done!) to developing recipes for brands, Carole has found her niche in the food world by drawing on her vast travel experience and food knowledge for inspiration as well as the daily ups and downs of her life for humour.
When she’s not busy creating magic in her own kitchen, Carole, an in-demand makeup artist, works her magic on celebrities from Kristen Stewart to Bruce Willis. You can check out her makeup portfolio at Carole Nelson Makeup
Every Monday, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on workshops.