I followed the directions. I turned the induction cooker all the way down to 1. Before a half an hour had gone by, the cooker was beeping “WARNING WARNING, DRY POT!” Sure enough, it was dry and beginning to burn. I was furious at me, furious at the cooker, just plain furious all the way around and I lacked energy to do the whole thing again. The NEXT time I make that soup, I’m going to use at least twice as much water as the recipe calls for. As in 7 or 8 cups rather than the 4 they advise. And I won’t use the induction cooker. Ours seems to be super-heated.

I used to get a lot of my favorite recipes off the backs of cans and other packages. These days, I think no one actually tries to use the recipe before slapping it on the back of a can or box. How much time could it really take to test the recipe and make sure that the quantities make sense? I’m still grouchy about dinner. Not that we are going to starve or anything, but still.

North end of the commons – Photo Marilyn Armstrong

Between WordPress’s demonic warnings of how I broke copyright from a picture that had no information posted with it and was scraped by Google from its original location and my burned lentils, I’m feeling grumpy, crabby, and generally out of sorts. On the positive side, WordPress gave me a 3-month extension on my annual plan which is a huge relief. We are so poor this year, I’m not sure I could cover a two-year plan. This gives me some extra months to get my life in order.

This has been such a difficult year on every level. I’m normally a lot better organized and a lot more put together as the year ends. This time, I’m just glad we made and will live to see 2021.

Merry everything to everyone, whoever and wherever you are. Eat a sugar cookie for me!

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6 replies

  1. I hate it when that happens – the pot runs/burns dry. It’s usually the carrots for me.


  2. I know so well what you mean There are days when everything goes wrong. I havn’t used my pressure cooker for at least a year and I have two. I just let it cook normally for an hour. I can always add water if necessary.I have now got into the habit of cooking half of the 500 gramme packet of lentils which is just the right amount for 3 people.


    • The amount of water on the recipe was wrong. I did (finally) use half a packet. That should have been right, but it dried out so fast I barely had time to notice. I’m a pretty good cook, so it was a bit demoralizing. I had no further interest in cooking, though eventually we did have to eat. I should have hung around the kitchen and watched to see how quickly it was cooking and NOT used the induction cooker. The induction cooker is good for rapidly boiling a pot of water or cooking something I watch constantly. You can’t leave it at all and do something else. It gets super hot.

      Sometimes our improvements are not really quite as much of an improvement as we think they are. This was one of those times. I had really been thinking of using less electricity — the induction cooker (like the pressure cooker) uses less than half the usual amount of power. But for things like soup or anything that needs slower cooking, it’s too hot at any temperature.

      Lesson learned! I’m going to try the soup again — maybe tomorrow.

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