Prepared Under Pressure: Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Even though I was late to the pressure cooking party, once I acquired my first Instant Pot, I was hooked: I started with a 6 quart this year and recently bought an 8 quart (and almost bought a 10 quart until reason prevailed). With two pressure cookers, you might think that we are pretty well set, but as luck would have it, we were recently gifted another 6 quart Instant Pot!

While I have certain “go to” items I cook regularly, like potatoes, beets, and various soups, I’m always looking to branch out and add new dishes to my repertoire. Since the Instant Pot cooks rice well, why not quinoa?

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Ferment This: Friendship Kkakdugi (깍두기)

It was a cold and rainy day…the kind of day meant for indoors pursuits. I had purchased a big, fresh Korean radish (Mu 무) recently, along with scallions, and the time felt right to create something tasty from these ingredients. Having recently met someone who mentioned that she enjoyed kimchi but didn’t make it herself, I decided that some of this batch of Kkakdugi (깍두기) would be gifted.

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Eat This: A Predilection For Persimmons

Fuyu, ready to eat

I’ve previously mentioned how fortunate we are to have an Asian (Korean) grocery not too far from where we live; without it, I would be craving kimchi, tteokguk, and kimbap…and I would be very sad, indeed. A special seasonal treat, persimmons also make their appearance at Asian groceries, emblematic of this chilly time of year.

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Eat This: Low Carb Chocolate Pudding…With A Surprise

I like to try things that push me out of my comfort zone. Why? Because I think that life is about discovery, and what better way to make discoveries than to do something very different? I’ve also learned (by keeping an open mind) that food, in particular, may not taste the way you expect – in fact, it may turn out to be much, much better!

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Haiku: Tidal Pull

Watching the motion of waves has always been meditative for me, soothing and comforting. Is it because I’m a water sign? Perhaps…or perhaps it’s some faint memory of being in utero. Regardless, I could sit and stare at the water all day, thinking deep thoughts and wondering about the life in that environment, a world inhospitable to me but perfectly suited to them. Are there really two worlds, one on land and one in the sea?

Thinking about ocean life means thinking about how humans have impacted the denizens of the waterworld, like the fact that there are estimated to only be around 400 North Atlantic right whales alive now. Having been hunted to the brink of extinction in the beginning of the 20th century, banning the hunting of this species allowed their numbers to very slowly recover…until this last decade, which saw unusually high mortality, attributed primarily to human causes (ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear).

On this trajectory, one day, there may be no more North Atlantic right whales. And the planet will be poorer for it.

Read more about the plight of the North Atlantic right whales here.