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Spreenkle #3

While we’re on the subject of onions, and since there’s clearly so much more fun to be had with them…

Did you know that if you slice rings from an onion – red onions are especially good for this – and submerge them in a nice icy bath for maybe 10 – 15 minutes, they will have crisped up beautifully and lost the bite and bit of harshness  they have when eaten raw? (Drain them and dry with paper towels.) This works especially well when combining in a salad. I highly recommend it!

Did you know that if you submerge little pearl onions  in boiling water for a mere 30 seconds and then drop them into a colander, they’ll shed their skins with very little help from you? You can then go on to caramelize or saute them or whatever you fancy doing with your pearls.

By the way, I gathered up all the onion tips others so generously shared and dropped them into the “spreenkles” page above.

Sometimes when I go missing for a few days from here it’s because I had a plan…that plan began with a recipe, or merely a shopping list of ingredients…I proceeded to preparations and photos along the way…the final, loving attention given to the dish’s culmination…and then I move on to the part with the fork. Sometimes I’ve even started the writing before I’ve raised my fork. And then I  make a disappointing discovery at the table. It tastes fine — and fine just isn’t good enough to share with the lovely likes of you. And so I move on to another plan and go through a similar process, sometimes even trying to refine before finally  giving up, cutting losses and moving on once again. I may still come back to it later. But you only read about the success stories around here. I want to be sure you know though, just in the interest of full disclosure, that there are, at times, rather pathetic flops or meals just fine. So if you don’t hear from me for days, presume that I’m going through another one of those stretches. I like to play with food, as many of us do, and sometimes messes just happen. 

But this time, it could be several days before you hear from me because family’s coming, and my arms and my heart will be fully occupied. And there just may be a few happy tears. Onions or no onions. 

Have a colorful & fun weekend! 

And maybe a few tulips on your table…

See you in a few days! 

love,

spree

p.s. I know JUST what I’m posting next and I think you’re going to LOVE it! I already used my fork on it!

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Happy tulips to you too! Have a fab weekend around the dining table 🙂

    January 26, 2012
    • Happy tulips Lesley! We’ll be having lots of THAT I’m sure! 🙂

      January 26, 2012
  2. I must be getting old because my body revolts when I eat raw onions and have to pre-cook or cook them in order to eat them. Thanks for the tips!

    January 26, 2012
    • I’d love to know if you try the ice-bath trick. It works for me!

      January 26, 2012
  3. Pristine little pretty color tulips.. I love them:) Btw… I totally have the exact same ironstone pitcher as you.. mine is the small one? We are living parallel lives, beautiful Spree:) xo Smidge

    January 26, 2012
    • Smidge, I have a little weakness for these small ironstone pitchers…I have several in different sizes. Instead of a big bouquet on the table I love to fill each with just a couple blooms so I can see the sweet faces across from me. 🙂

      January 27, 2012
  4. “Spreenkle” just never gets old. (chuckle, chuckle). I’ve got a practically full baking dish in my fridge right now that will be going to the trash later today. Described as mildly spicy, this was a dish o’ fire and, after the way I reacted to it the first time, I’m afraid to go back to that well again. But I didn’t have any tulips — nor aloe — to soothe my burning palate. I must remember to purchase some the next time I get adventurous.

    January 27, 2012
    • John, what an unkindness someone did to you, roping you in with the “mildly spicy” and then setting your mouth on fire! It wasn’t me who did that to you was it? 🙂

      January 27, 2012
  5. My mum taught me that abou the onions and it really does work! Family should definitely come before recipes and blogging – hope you have a wonderful time together. And I adore the tulips 🙂

    January 27, 2012
    • Aw thanks Chica, and I couldn’t agree more about family.

      January 28, 2012
  6. lovely!
    check my ketchup blog out:)
    http://theketchupchronicles.wordpress.com

    January 27, 2012
  7. Have gobs of fun with your family!

    January 27, 2012
  8. Funny you should mention it . . . I have a post in mid-prep on life in the less-than-perfect kitchen. Believe me, I’d SO much rather read food blogs from people who make beautiful things but admit to imperfection than those whose every move is unattainable by mortal beings. I still harbor lurking suspicions that your idea of a mess is my idea of “Oh Boy! Bloggable success!”, but you’re so multifaceted *and* sweet that I’ll allow you that. 🙂

    Yummy tulips! A flower I do adore.

    January 27, 2012
    • Set your lurking suspicions free, Kathryn! 😉 but thank you, all the same!

      January 28, 2012
  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous tulips!
    Enjoy your time with your family Spree… and I’m sure any food you make is more than just fine.

    ps. I did an unplugged post a little while back, thanks for the thought though 🙂 http://cityhippyfarmgirl.com/2011/11/23/unplugged-in-my-kitchen/

    January 27, 2012
    • Loved reading your answers – I’d missed them somehow first time around. And yes, aren’t tulips simply deliciously amazing?

      January 28, 2012
  10. Oh… Those scrumptious, fabulous, gorgeous eye candylicious tulips! You have given me my favorite treat for the night with them and so far I have read over 60 blog posts tonight!

    January 27, 2012
    • Well am I ever happy to have done that for you! I just find tulips quite irresistible!

      January 28, 2012

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