Sunday, 5 November 2017

Its all about onions . . .

We have a little closet which lays off the kitchen at the bottom of our stairs.  There is a door into it right in the kitchen.  That is where we keep all of our cleaning implements.  The electric and gas meter are in there, and that is where we store all of our beverages, snacks, potatoes and onions.   Its dark and its cool, and its just the perfect place. 

Yesterday I could smell something funky, and I thought to myself, an onion has gone off. A quick search determined that I was right, for there, buried beneath the pile of onions, was one that had begun to go bad, thereby risking the whole bin.  One bad apple, or in this case onion, does spoil the whole bunch! 

My grandfather used to braid his onions together and hang them from the rafters in the shed/garage adjoined to his house.   I can remember looking up and seeing them hanging above our heads like great bulbous charm bracelets, the smell all earthy and oniony.   I, myself, when we grew a large vegetable garden, stored them hung up in old tights.  To each his own. Whatever works.

Stuffing Stuffed Onions

I could not have a kitchen without onions in it.   They are a staple necessity.  I like the large plump ones for making stuffings or for stuffing!   Have you ever eaten a stuffed onion?   If not, you have missed a real treat.   I don't stuff mine with meat . . . instead choosing to stuff mine with the innards of the onion, some mushrooms, cheese, bread crumbs and herbs.   They are a real treat and I don't require anything else to eat with mine, although I know some people only serve these as accompaniements to roasted dinners.   Martha Stewart has a particularly good recipe which you can get to by clicking on the link here. And you can find my recipe for a fabulous Stuffing Stuffed Onion, here

I use onions for all sorts . . . soups, stews, salads, bakes . . . there is really no good substitute for an onion.  Varying in shape and size from flattish and brown, to bulbous and white, I do believe that they are probably the most common cookery ingredient the world round, with a history that goes back years and years, in all probability being as old as time itself.  Traces of them have even been found in Bronze Age settlements . . .  there were probably onions in the Garden of Eden . . . 

I read the other day, with great interest, about how the Egyptians spent the equivalent of two million dollars on onions during the years that the Great Pyramid was being built.  They used them to feed the workers. There were countless workers/slaves of course, and the pyramid took 20 years to build.  That's a lot of onions, but I doubt they had them roasted or fried or cooked at all . . . they probably ate them raw with black bread, which sounds oddly delicious to me. 

The ancient Romans thought that onions gave them strength and ate them for breakfast with honey, which may sound a bit wierd, but when I make my glazed onions with ketchup, I always add honey to the sauce, basting them until they are rich and sweet and amber deliciously tasty. 

Not only good for eating, however . . . in the sixteeth century, onion juice was dropped into the ear as a remedy for deafness, and into the eyes to clear the vision.  (Can you imagine what that felt like!)  I do know, that it is said that if you put a cut onion in the sick room it supposedly absorbs all of the sickness.  I tried that last year.  It didn't work, but maybe I did it too late.  I know an old Ukrainian workman who told me once when he was working on my house, having noticed that I had a terrible cold, that eating raw onion sandwiches would help to prevent a cold. I have never put that to the test.

 I believe it was the Spanish who exported onions to the new world, but I strongly suspect that there was already a North American variety in place and being used by the native Americans when the Spanish arrived! 

When I hold a round and firm onion in my hand, I marvel at it's intricacy . . . with it delicate papery skin, layering the outside . . . and the faintly tinged concentric rings, pale pink or ivory on the insides, layer upon layer, leading down to it's sweet heart.  Nature's beautiful gift to mankind.  Love them or loathe them, I . . . for one  . . . would not be without them. 

What a mixed bag of weather we had here yesterday.  Showery at one turn and then brilliantly sunny at the next.  Cold throughout.  It was nice and fine for the many fireworks being set off last evening though, much to Mitzie's anguish.  She hates them so.   I tend to try to ignore them, and she is better if I do.  She does enjoy a good cuddle between us on the sofa when they are going off however, and we don't mind cuddling her that extra little bit.  I can well imagine that the little terrier next door was going ballistic.  He goes nuts if you just walk out into the garden.  I have to wonder what all the wild animals make of it all.  They must think they are in hell.

And with that I will leave you with a thought for the day  . . . 

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BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading -1 Nephi 13:10-27
 Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? What does this tell us about the history of America?  

What I take from this is that the settling of the Americas, and I guess the United States in particular, was aa part of God's preparation for the restoration of the Gospel. He needed a land that would tolerate a new religion (even in the most religiously tolerant land they still had a hard time) and also have lots of space for them to gather and build a centre of strength i.e. the Salt Lake area. Also, the comment about the plain and precious truths being removed from the Bible, and it being a cause of stumbling, made me think that these plain and precious truths are what our testimonies and understanding need to be based on personally.

What also stood out for me was in Verse 16, "the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them." I thought  to myself,  once you come to really understand the fall, and  how far you are from God and His holiness, you begin  to understand fully how very much you need a Saviour and the Atonement. This is the understanding which starts you on the path from captivity towards receiving the Lords power, and the Lords power to deliver.

 Tomorrow's reading - Day 17 - 1 Nephi 13:28-39
 Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why do you think the Angel showed Nephi the bible and took so much care to explain about this record that Nephi would never see or read? 


Baking in The English Kitchen today  . . . Chewy Bakewell Cookies.  These are fabulous, with crisp and buttery edges, and a moreishly chewy centre.  They are filled with oodles of candied cherries, and scattered on top with toasted almonds, and a almond glaze. Betcha can't eat just one! 

Have a wonderful Sabbath day!  Don't forget along the way that  . . . 

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  1. Hi Marie, playing catch up again as I've had a busy few days. I was in Manchester yesterday looking at bridal dresses with Jen. We have made progress in that she knows what style she wants so we just need to find the right one!!

    If it stays dry we're going down to the river for the firework display tonight. I don't mind getting wrapped up if it's cold but I'm not standing there in the pouring down rain!

    Lot's of jobs to do today, have a wonderful Sunday, lot's of love xxx

  2. Bon Dimanche Marie..I love that artist..Lisi?...

  3. I hope it stays dry for you Kate! Its been bucketing down here with hail and all sorts all morning! Shopping for Bridal dresses! It must be so much fun. I have never done it, even when I got married the first time, my wedding dress was borrowed so we could save money. My mom and sis had new dresses though. And of course I have not been there for my girls. :-( Enjoy ever minute of your time doing this. What a special blessing to be able to do so! xoxo

    Yes, Monique, Lisi Martin. She is Spanish from Barcelona! Her work is gorgeous! xoxo

  4. Hi Marie!

    I love onions! When I was a young mother, I would shop for groceries once a week, and I would buy 7 onions, one for each day, we love them! I have only eaten stuffed onions once, and they were delicious...I will have to try making them with, Martha's recipe!

    I had a wonderful little old neighbor who used to keep a cut onion in a bowl, on top of her fridge. She told me that if you kept a cut onion in your house, you wouldn't get sick... she lived to be 98...must be something to it!

    Hugs and Love,

  5. There must be something to that Barb! I will have to keep a cut onion in a bowl on top of the fridge, lol. Love and hugs! xoxo
    PS - you will love stuffed onions if you love onions!

  6. I love sweet onions Marie! Why oh why have I not tried stuffed onions. That's another thing on my list to try. Lol.

    Speaking of laughing, when I read about ur spider situation, the way that you worded it, I was cracking up. I hate spiders and any creepy crawlers in my house!
    When I see a spider, I grab a paper towel and wet it with water or some kind of liquid first. Then grab it quickly as I scream, rolling up paper towel. Then ck to see if I got it, (the creepy part). Run and throw it away.

    Wow over 500 recipes in ur cookbook! I'm so proud of you! 😀 It won't be long now, that it will be in so many houses!

  7. Haha Jan. I love your description of how you spider erase! lol I would be afraid to look, just in case it was still alive and kicking! I hope you are right about the book! xoxo


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