Just thought this was really funny – my daughter received a toy kitchen set and it came with… that’s right, a pressure cooker. I’m pretty sure they don’t come with pressure cookers in the U.S.
Well, on Day 122 I braved the pressure cooker. It wasn’t to make beans, as my husband had been bugging me to do. But instead, I took my maiden pressure cooker voyage with these rather large nuts called pinhão that we picked up at the organic market.
First, the pressure cooker. It seems to me that there are more precautions necessary in operating a pressure cooker than a hand gun. You must make sure that the little plastic thingy isn’t stuck, or the whole thing will blow up. You must be sure that air can get past the top knobby thingy by blowing air through it yourself, or the whole thing will blow up. Etc., etc. So after a safety briefing that took longer than the ones you get on an airplane, I was ready to cook the pinhão.
Really pretty simple. Rinse off the pinhão.
Put it in the pressure cooker and cover with a few inches of water.
Perform your pressure cooker security checks. Close and hatch the latch. Turn on the gas.
Forty minutes later you are ready for the second pressure cooker process. Pull up the knobby thingy without steam-scalding your hand or put the pot in the sink and run cold water over it.
Once cooked, the pinhão must be peeled. Not too difficult, although a bit tedious.
Personally, I think pinhão are delicious. I had never eaten one before – never even seen one until the organic market. Once cooked they are firm and chewy with a bit of a chestnut taste. Yum!
You can also slice the nuts up and cook with rice or meat. But I like it for snacking.
Ok, so the guy at the organic market made some comment about how they refer to these babies as the “cockroach nut” and they do kind of look like cockroaches, but try not to think about that when you are eating them. (Ugh, I try.)