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Note: To make this in a large pot, add 1 c broth or water to the amounts given below, and simmer for 1.5 hours or until peas disintegrate when stirred.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
0.5 tsp minced garlic
3 carrots, diced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 medium potatoes or 0.5 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
2 c (1 lb) dried green or yellow split peas, checked carefully for debris and rinsed
6 c water or broth (no-chicken broth gives a nice meaty flavor to make up for the lack of ham)
1 large bay leaf
0.5 tsp celery seed
1 tsp dried basil or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp dried thyme or 1 Tbsp minced fresh thyme
smoked salt, to taste
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
extremely good olive oil
lemon wedges

Equipment

Cutting board and knife
Mixing bowls
Strainer
Measuring cups and spoons
Pressure cooker
Wooden spoon
Stove (1 burner)
Ladle

Instructions

0) Mise en place. Chop all the veg. Measure out the spices. Pick over the peas and remove any stones, shriveled peas, and other extraneous matter; then rinse the peas well.

1) Cook the veg. In your pressure cooker, heat oil over high heat along with one small piece of onion. When the onion begins to sizzle, reduce heat to medium-high and put in the rest of the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned and soft, about 5 minutes; if the onion sticks, add a little water. Add the garlic and cook, stirring rapidly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot; if you're substituting cauliflower for potato, add that in too. Cook another 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are lightly browned.

2) Combine and pressurize. Add the peas, broth, potatoes if you're using them, and measured seasonings. Lock on the lid and bring to high pressure over high heat (takes about 8 to 12 minutes on our front right burner with our Duo pressure cooker). When high pressure is achieved, reduce heat to the lowest setting and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. Remove entirely from heat and let the pressure drop naturally (about 20 minutes).

3) Serve and store. Remove the bay leaf. If the soup is too thick, thin with water; if it's too thin, simmer until it thickens. Season the pot to taste with smoked salt, sea salt, and black pepper. Ladle into bowls, drizzle with olive oil, and serve with lemon wedges on the side. Keeps in the fridge for about a week and freezes extremely well. When chilled, it will solidify; reheat partially, stir in water or broth to return to a souplike consistency, finish reheating, then season to taste.

Sources:
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/12/thick-and-hearty-split-pea-soup.html#comment-8364
rosefox: A cheerful chef made out of ginger. (cooking)
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Note: Frozen chopped onions may be substituted for the shallot. Measure a shallot-sized quantity by eye, microwave on high for 30 seconds, and drain well.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp + .25 cup olive oil
1 large or 2 small shallots, diced
600g risotto rice
7 cups liquid: chicken broth, vegetable broth, white wine (maximum 1 cup)
1 extra cup liquid if using a pot rather than a pressure cooker
1 pound vegetables, diced or otherwise edible-size; can be fresh, frozen, or a mix of the two
1 cup chopped dense protein (e.g. sauteed mushrooms, scraps of roast chicken, raw ground turkey) or 2 cups chopped dilute protein (e.g. raw mushrooms, which contain a lot of water)
Chopped fresh herbs to garnish (optional)

Equipment

Prep
Cutting board
Knife
Large strainer
Measuring cups
2 large bowls (if following the optional rice-rinsing step)

Cooking
Silicone spoonula or other wide heatproof spoon
Pressure cooker or large pot with a tight-fitting lid
Stove (1 burner)

Steps

0) Mise en place. Measure out the rice, liquid, and oil. Take any frozen veg out of the freezer. Dice the shallot(s). Chop anything that needs chopped. Divide the protein and vegetables into three categories:

A) the shallots, plus anything that needs to be cooked very thoroughly (all raw protein, all very crunchy fresh raw veg)
B) anything that needs to be heated through and can be very soft (cold cooked chicken)
C) anything that cooks very quickly and should still have texture (all frozen veg, greens like spinach that wilt quickly, veg like fresh peas that are good nearly raw)

0.5) If you have time, rinse the rice. Combine the rice and liquid in a large bowl, stir vigorously with your hands or a whisk, and strain into another large bowl. Let the rice sit and drain for at least five minutes, stirring it occasionally to help it drain. This transfers the rice starch into the liquid and lets you toast the rice without losing the creaminess of the starch. It's optional, but makes the risotto extra creamy.

1) Pre-cook group A. Put 1 Tbsp oil in the pot and flick in a few drops of water. Heat over medium heat until the water sizzles. Cook everything in group A until all raw meat is cooked through and all cooking liquid has evaporated (if there's a lot of liquid, increase the heat to cook it off faster; just remember to decrease it again when you're done). Set aside the cooked ingredients.

2) Toast the rice. Put in the additional .25 cup oil and heat it over high heat. Add the rice and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the rice gets a nutty aroma and just barely begins to change color. If a grain of rice pops like popcorn, it's definitely ready.

3) Add the liquid and everything in groups A and B. If you rinsed the rice, give the broth and wine a good stir so the starch isn't all sitting at the bottom. Pour in seven cups of liquid (if you're cooking in a regular pot rather than a pressure cooker, you should have one cup left over) and add everything in group A (which you cooked and set aside in step 1) and group B. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring frequently.

4a) If using the pressure cooker: fasten the pressure cooker lid with the dial pointing to 2. Keep over medium heat--do not increase the heat! If the pressure indicator goes up, immediately turn the heat down as low as possible. Cook for 10 minutes total (not 10 minutes under pressure). Turn the heat off and USE TONGS, from the BACK OF THE DIAL, to turn the dial to "steam". BE VERY CAREFUL. STEAM WILL GUSH OUT OF THE FRONT OF THE DIAL. Once all the steam has been released and the pressure indicator has dropped, remove the lid.

4b) If using a pot: cover the pot and turn the heat down as low as possible. Let simmer 5 minutes. Stir briefly, cover again, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining cup of liquid.

5) Finish simmering. Increase the heat to medium just until the liquid begins to bubble, then cover the pan and turn the heat all the way down again. Let simmer 5 minutes or until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is almost entirely cooked.

6) Give a final blast of heat. Add everything in group C. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.

7) Serve and store. Stir in any garnishes. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Risotto keeps in the fridge for a week and reheats well in the microwave. To make risotto cakes, form 3 cups risotto into 8 small patties; whisk 2 eggs in one bowl and put 2 cups of breadcrumbs in another bowl; dip each patty into eggs and then into breadcrumbs. Pan-fry them in hot oil (3 minutes on a side) or bake them on an oiled baking sheet at 350F until golden brown. Risotto cakes can also be frozen, and either baked or fried (carefully! hot oil splatters a lot when you put something frozen in it) without defrosting.

Sources:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/10/how-to-make-perfect-risotto-recipe.html
http://rosefox.dreamwidth.org/1783811.html?format=light
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mushroom-Risotto-Cakes-231808

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