The Pleasure of Small Appliances
In the past couple of years I’ve given into the lure of small cooking appliances. Rice cooker, multi-use pressure cooker, air fryer: as someone who wants to avoid clutter and who has a small kitchen, I resisted them for a long time. But recently I’ve figured out how to store them (not on the counter), and they have added to my cooking pleasures and possibilities.
Recently I turned dried garbanzos into usable chick peas using the pressure cooker. I grilled corn (wrapped in foil) on the electric grill out on the deck. I sliced red bell pepper and zucchini and zapped them in the air fryer and made farro in the rice cooker. I combined the room-temperature chick peas with the pepper, zucchini, and corn (sliced off the cob), with a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, and let them sit together in a bowl for a few hours. This salad was placed on the plate next to the farro to create a healthy and attractive meal with minimal heating up of the kitchen on a very hot day.