November 2016

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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

During my last trip to the wet market, I bought some beef with the intention of making pot roast for the Round Knights.  Weeks passed, and for some reason or the other I just never got around to do it.  This is becoming a bit of an annoying habit for me now… Anyway, of course the time came for Kak’mbang to start nagging about the amount of space the beef is taking up.  So I decided to get rid of it by using it in another one-pot meal, again using my electric pressure cooker.  I made this stew based on a recipe from Once Upon a Chef.  While I wasn’t wowed the first time tasting it as soon as it was cooked, the flavors really really do develop over time, and in fact this stew was at its best a few days after.  Perfect for busy people who prefer to make their weeknight meals ahead of time.

I served this stew with bread, but this can also be served with buttered pasta if you like.  Enjoy!

Updated on Jul 11 2020 with new pictures. I also quite recently realized that you can saute onions straight in the Philips HD2139 pressure cooker using the Bake function. I still feel that a very hot skillet over the stove is still best for searing the beef, but everything else can pretty much be done using the Bake function for the convenience.

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Potluck: Cheeseburger Sliders

I saw a video by Tastemade some time ago on how to make 4 types of sliders, and I knew I had to try making them.  I was going to make the cheeseburger sliders for a potluck tonight, but the host came down with fever and had to cancel (get well soon, Elle!).  I was really looking forward to trying these sliders, so I decided to go ahead and make them anyway.


I wasn’t really paying attention while shopping at the grocer earlier, and picked up emmental slices instead of cheddar (what was I thinking?? Boo).  Decided to use them anyway, but as expected the cheese taste was so mild so we had to supplement with Chesdale slices for added flavor.

Some things I would improve on next time: I’ll try to spread the meat wider and let it ride up to the sides of the tray the next time, because the meat will shrink quite a lot when cooked.  I’m going to try using normal minced beef instead of the weight watcher’s version, and reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes, to see if that improves on the juiciness.  I’ll also double the amount of cheese, and drizzle ketchup or mustard for added flavor.

Will definitely make this again!

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Weekend Cooking: Pressure Cooker Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Kak’mbang has been yelling at me for leaving the lamb shoulder chops I bought some time ago to just sit in the freezer for ages.  With my crazy work schedule, I honestly have no energy to make anything involving too much work.  I found this recipe on which got pretty good ratings, and modified it for the pressure cooker using “permissible” ingredients (heh).

By using the pressure cooker the lamb was falling-off-the-bone tender in just one hour.  Flavor-wise Rudy preferred this to the stew, but Kak’mbang liked the stew better.  Looks like I’ll have to make both again from time to time.

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