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    Speck, beans and potatoes in pressure cooker

    <LI>Level of difficulty
    <UL>Medium[/list]<LI>Raw ingredients (feeds 4 people).
    <UL>4 small potatoes
    400 grams of round beans
    900 grams of Speck (Get the leanest piece you can find at the deli)
    3 small brown onions
    10 gloves of carlic
    Chicken stock (alternative, stock cubes and some boiling water)[/list]<LI>Method
    <UL>Peel potatoes, onions and garlic, put peeled potatoes in cold water.
    Cut both ends off the beans and destring them, putting into water with potatoes.
    Take speck, cut one 10th. off.
    Remove rind from the small piece you just cut off, leave as much fat as you're comfortable with.
    Cut into small pencil-thin slices.
    Cut 1 onion in half, finely chop one half. (No, not that one, use the other one <img src=/S/scold.gif border=0 alt=scold width=50 height=15> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>)
    Cut the remaining speck in half, and again, and again so you end up with eight pieces.
    Put pressure cooker on stove, put stove on high.
    Put ONE small slice of Speck in cooker, liberally grind pepper on top.
    Once that piece starts sizzling, add the other small pieces of bacon and the chopped onions, grab the beans out of the water and add to bacon, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
    Now add some 175 ml of chicken stock (or 6 stock cubes and 175 ml of boiling water)
    I know, lot'sa steam, don't burn yourself <img src=/S/fire.gif border=0 alt=fire width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>
    Immediately add everything that is left, ie 4 whole potatoes, 2 1/2 whole onions, 10 whole garlic gloves.
    Stir
    Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh basil, a bit more pepper on top.
    Put lid on pressure cooker, put safety valve on top, leave on high.[/list]<LI>Pressure Cooking Time
    <UL>Approximately 3 to 4 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes)
    Serve as soon as pressure has dissipated because you'll be ever-so hungry by the time the dish is ready <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>[/list]<LI>Condiments
    <UL>A nice bottle of Vino Valpolicella
    Fresh home-made bread or perhaps a bread as <!post=described here,173919>described here<!/post>[/list][/list]<LI>Leftovers
    <UL>Any pieces of Speck are absolutely fantastic served cold (you may have to fight for them for next day's lunch), beans reheated are yummy as well.[/list]
    Cheers, Claude.

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    Re: Speck, beans and potatoes in pressure cooker

    Sounds great Claude but once more we are separated by our common language! What are "round beans"?

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    Re: Speck, beans and potatoes in pressure cooker

    Your normal green beans, as opposed to long flat beans for example.
    Cheers, Claude.

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    Re: Speck, beans and potatoes in pressure cooker

    <img src=/S/chef.gif border=0 alt=chef width=19 height=22> <img src=/S/claude.gif border=0 alt=claude width=21 height=21> where do you get the Vino Valpolicella in Sydney? - at Hornsby Heights?

    Maybe you can show us a picture of the cork? (and bottle)
    <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20> <font face="BrushScript BT"> Cees </font face=brush>
    <img src=/S/flags/Australia.gif border=0 alt=Australia width=30 height=18> <img src=/S/flags/Netherlands.gif border=0 alt=Netherlands width=30 height=18>

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    Re: Speck, beans and potatoes in pressure cooker

    <img src=/S/claude.gif border=0 alt=claude width=21 height=21> serves Valpolicella with Speck? The bad news for this old cowboy is that neither is available in Hawai`i and I'm feeling really left out! Does Qantas have a fast cargo service? <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>
    <font face="Snap ITC">Hawai`i Bill</font face=snap>

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