Treasury Of Onion Tidbits
links to fun onion activity sites, onion stories, onion history…and other onion-related odds/ends

How natural is your lifestyle?
Does the term “heirloom” hold an appeal’?
Are you familiar with Phil Nauta, the Smiling Gardener – organic all the way?

Several years ago, my semi-natural lifestyle led me to the Smiling Gardner.
Several months ago he, thus, introduced me to Heirloom Food Stories.
The first story: “The Onion”.

Gina Lorubbio, the author of “The Onion: Slow and Steady Brings Out Sweetness” (in one page) accomplishes much of what I have been attempting for several years.

See if you, too, CONNECT, both with the writer and the onions.

To date, Ms. Lorubbio’s Heirloom Food Stories include: the onion, the potato, rhubarb, and asparagus. Any day now the next one will be published/shared, and I await eagerly. There is a definite feeling of admiration and appreciation.

Are you curious?

Background to the Drama

The little onion prank began innocently enough.  One of our daughters (probably due to parental influence) adores chocolate.  Lately, she has been saving some of the pretty packaging.  Meanwhile, berry-filled chocolate has been sounding good to me, so I have been imagining varied original versions.

One week I purchased a BIG slab of dark chocolate.  Another week I purchased a jar of mixed berry jam.  The wheels had been turning – to no great avail – so (this time) rather than make a creamy berry filling, the jam simply got encased in chocolate.

How so?  I borrowed some of my daughter’s plastic chocolate holders (ones that many people tend to put in the trash once the chocolate from them is eaten).  Sure, I washed them!  After I melted the chocolate then cooled it to near room temperature, a daub went into each “cup”.  Then came the daub of jam.  Then came the topping of chocolate – enough to encase the jam.  After refrigeration, they popped out of the cups with ease.

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The story continues.  Note: Each member of my family was busy with other things while I played, even though I was center stage (in the kitchen).

The slab of chocolate was truly BIG (much more that I would want for making icky-sweet, jam-filled chocolate candies).  What else sounded good?  Mmmm – mint!  A few drops of peppermint oil stirred into the remaining chocolate.  A few shallow plastic “cups” from my daughter’s stash.  Result?  Variety.

What About the Onions?

Background: In years past, I essentially abhorred onions.  Now, obviously, ONIONS HAVE BECOME MY PASSION.  Not so, to this extent, for the others in the family, particularly that one daughter.

Once the candies were released from the molds, I displayed them, offering tastes.  Is there such a thing as “cautionary delight”?  At this point (spur of the moment), I mentioned that one piece enclosed an onion slice as a bonus.  Though the announcement was audible to all, my focus centered on the gal most likely to react.  She did not disappoint!

Once that little scene ended, I admitted to telling a tale.  No onion was included.  No, not one slice.  That brought about an opposite reaction from the other gal of the family… as in, “Too bad; might have been fun!”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7m_DrW9dws ...continue reading

Threads of Onion; Threads of Poetry

Are you vegetarian?  I am vegetarian… maybe one meal out of fifty.  Yet, early in this “mindset onions” venture, a grand vegetarian website began to tantalize my senses.  Sure, the initial draw was the page dedicated to onion – oodles of onion thought-starters.  Soon, the style of the wording began to catch my attention.  Notice, for example, this seemingly simple statement:

“How delightful is the addition of half-moon slices of sweet onions to a salad of crisp mixed greens!”

Found Here: http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch312.html ...continue reading

remotely related rabbitOnion Dreams
(Books Remotely Related to Onions)

Just for fun, ask yourself which you would choose.  This is assuming you have the time and interest to explore the books.  Of course you are welcome to purchase, but otherwise just have fun dreaming as I dream.





Yes, Perspective!

A while back, while browsing 'onion this' and 'onion that', one blog post grabbed my attention.   I pondered: "Is this simply for me?  Is this something fitting to share?"  Meanwhile, friends, family, and I have been creating short onion videos.  The word 'mindset' has come much into play.  That being the case, how could I further keep from sharing that post!  So, here, in the overflow category, is the link.  If you opt to follow the link, you will discover both down-to-earth onion-related portions and food-for-thought onion-related portions.  Ah, perspective!

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The link:


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Perspectives vary, individual to individual. Positive mindsets "help smooth wrinkles".

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The shortest of our short videos spans 16 seconds!

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Excess Baggage?

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It is natural to be curious and wonder about things in the natural, such as vegetables. Vegetables are so special that we consider them to be gifts. Picture your life without them – to better appreciate the gift. Oft times one reads about gifts of distinction. The more you discover about onions, the better you will understand the profound nature of this distinction. The more one discovers about onions (as with many vegetables), the more he or she wonders – now an AWESOME wonder.

Does the above paragraph sound familiar? Yes, it is a remnant from the home page introduction (replaced by a simplified version geared toward catching the attention of scan-it-or-drop-it-style readers).

For me, the paragraph brings a warmth, a heightening and renewal of appreciation. For some individuals... it may simply be nonsensical excess baggage!

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Excess Baggage? Yes, definitely. Yet, no definitely not. GRIN

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For who knows how long, the French province of Brittany has grown pink onions. Early in the early 1800’s an enterprising Frenchman sailed over to England to widen his market. Hearing of his success, others followed. Both the French pink onions and the French onion peddlers became a treat in rural Britain. Essentially, the onions proved delightful. Nevertheless, those French peddlers, laden with the plaited onion tresses also added a bit of spice to the lives of many an Englishman. ...continue reading