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 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!”
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.
When I suggest (scroll home page) that someone's definition of onion might be "Thirteen Layers of TROUBLE!" of course I am exaggerating. Yes, the perfectly developed onion plant has thirteen leaves and the perfectly developed onion bulb has thirteen layers. Yet, what anti-onion person would be aware of those facts.
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!
Jo Romero (author of the link referred to in the "Avocado & Beyond" post) stands top notch in my way of picturing tantalizing healthy treats and captivating food presentations. Speaking of pictures... Wait ‘til you see her photos!
ONIONS: natural wonder vegetable gifts of distinction
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!
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 →
Don’t allow the word "metaphor" to alarm (or bore) you. Remember... A metaphor is a figure of speech that identifies something as being the same as some unrelated thing for rhetorical effect, thus highlighting the similarities between the two. Remember... Rhetorical means that it is expressed in such a manner as to make a statement or produce an effect.
Therefore, allow this title and its link intrigue (and challenge) you.
Yet, the pendulum swings. After allowing my heart strings to be tugged by the onion metaphor, curiosity led me to further browse the site. It held several onion-related tips and quite a few recipes, including one that offers a fun diversion from the ordinary. (assuming budget and health concerns allow for generous flexibility)