Well, this picture might not be particularly inspiring, but this Lentil Soup is the nicest lentil soup you will ever eat.
As soon as I detected an autumn nip, I dug out this soup recipe from my recipe binder. I found it on Kathryn's excellent blog Limes and Lycopene here. Kathryn includes two secret ingredients - shoyu or soy sauce, and a good squeeze of lemon. Trust me, it makes all the difference
I cooked this in my trusty Pressure Cooker, in like, 20 minutes. I've blogged before about how much I love my Pressure Cooker. Over summer though, we haven't been eating too many soups and stews which PCs excel at, so it's only been out of the cupboard on occasion, not every single day. But colder weather has the Cooker out constantly.
I bought my pressure cooker in the local hardware store (not Bunnings), and was there the other day checking out what they have at the moment as I am considering buying another smaller cooker, to cook vegetables and rice. Anyway, I fell into a conversation with the assistant about pressure cooking. She was wondering whether to buy one herself, and I went into full-sell mode, waxing lyrical about the marvels of the modern pressure cooker, telling her she will never regret investing in one, it will change her life etc etc. I do go on, but I am positively evangelical about them.
Finally, she said to me "Crikey, you should get yourself a job here!"
Much as I would love to be surrounded by quality cookware constantly, honestly, I don't think the bank balance could take it...