The Joy of Cooking

I just finished preparing a pot roast for the Instant Pot. I had marinated the roast all day and boiled some sliced potatoes to put in with the roast. This first picture is the roast after using the Instant Pot’s sauté feature to brown the meat.

Next, I added the potatoes and onion, carrots, and mushrooms.

Once I got everything into the Instant Pot, I added the marinade and set the timer for one hour since we won’t eat much later tonight. It will take some time for the pressure to build up, then cook for an hour, then let the pressure bleed off.

I love my Instant Pot because it makes cooking so effortless. If I used the old-fashioned pressure cooker or a crockpot, this would take forever to finish. I have a few things to wash because I had to boil the potatoes and slice the vegetables, but that takes no time.

I’m sure that this will be the best roast I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to have that first taste when it finishes cooking to know for sure.

I’ve already started planning for the next Instant Pot meal. I’ll that out the chicken breasts when the roast begins to run low. Thankfully, I bought plenty of chicken breasts at Wegmans recently and had them delivered.

Cooking makes me feel good. Creating something that I enjoy, and that Hal also wants, makes me happy. Knowing that I can do things for us here at home is satisfying beyond words. It is similar to the way I feel after a successful session of writing. Making a thing that brings joy is a reward itself.

Cooking is like writing. There are times when I struggle to keep going with both endeavors. I have to force myself at times to maintain both my writing and my culinary skills. Both need practice to remain useful to me.

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