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Dry your eyes mate!

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

My favourite vegetable is the onion. Without it, hundreds of recipes and most cuisines around the world will be incomplete. Isn’t it wonderful that a humble bulb which brings tears to your eyes can become the backbone of so many dishes?

Onion is great as a base for so many dishes but I do love them as the main ingredient of a few dishes

spanish onions halved, drizzled with olive oil and baked;

spring onions barbecued in foil

baby onios pickled in vinegar

finely chopped red onion, tomato, fresh coriander and green chilli (Kachumber)

The unassuming little bulb is something that most people will find in the vegetable basket. When you go for your weekly shop, spy other people’s baskets or the checkouts, and I am willing to bet that most will have a bag of onions. What will we do without the onion? We would have bland curries and even blander soups and stocks. And as for the French Onion Soup. Well, that would be a bowl of tepid water with croutons without the onions. 

In fact I must admit that I am a big fan of all vegetables in the Allium family. Other than the onion, it boasts the mighty garlic, chives and leeks. Onion and garlic are the fundamental ingredients in Indian, Chines, Italian, Mexican and so many other cuisines that it’s a miracle this family isn’t known as the king of vegetables! So next time you are peeling an onion to start a dish, say hoorah for the onion and smile through the tears!

No tears Though there are a number of tricks ( see http://www.wikihow.com/Chop-Onions-Without-Tears ) to prevent you from crying when chopping onion, my favourite is to wear sunglasses. Other than keeping the enzymes from getting into your eyes, it makes you look cool when cooking!

 

Medicinal Though it’s well known that onions have medicinal qualities – they contain a natural chemical called flavonoid quercetin which apparently protects against heart diseases and cancer – my favourite use whilst at primary school was to sleep with an onion under my armpit. Next day you’ll have a fever (without any other symptoms) and you can can bunk school!

Joking aside….SON: What vegetable makes your eyes water?
DAD: An onion.
SON: You`ve obviously never been hit in the nads with an eggplant then dad!’

Q: What can you make from baked beans and onions?
A: Tear gas.
 

One day two onions, who were best friends, were walking together down the street. They stepped off the curb and a speeding car came around the corner and ran one of them over.
The uninjured onion called 911 and helped his injured friend as best he was able. The injured onion was taken to emergency at the hospital and rushed into surgery.
After a long and agonizing wait, the doctor finally appeared. He told the uninjured onion, “I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is that your friend is going to pull through.
The bad news is that he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life”.

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