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help - I've run out!
Member Name: freud
Advantages: very versatile, realtively cheap & healthy depending on how they're eaten
Disadvantages: some can make you cry
I can't believe I'm actually writing a review about onions but there's a reason my friends...
I ALWAYS have onions in store, so imagine my horror when I realised I'd none at all & my daughter wanted chicken fajeta, I fancied a curry tonight & hubby loves onions with rice.
I was so cross for not checking & got round to thinking about how many we use at home & how we eat them.
They are supposedly good for helping to prevent colds & blocked noses - trust me to run out now when it's minus something outdoors.
You can buy them fozen (never tried them), dried (tried them as a student), apparently canned (but I've never seen them that I can remember?) but the fresh ones are the best.
They're such a versatile veg - chop 'em , slice 'em for salads & sandwiches, use for garnishing, add to dishes such as omeletes to add taste, making cheese on toast, use them in Italian pasta, essential for curries,casseroles - the list is endless!
They are nice baked plain in the oven or just eaten raw with a side dish - one of my favourite starters at Indian Restaurants are thos (what I call) 'pink tomatoes' which are chopped & in a pinky red sauce (excuse me while I salivate).
Onions are an essential ingredient for international cuisine - in fact I can't think of any country that doesn't use onions in their dishes?
I love to cook when I have the time & love making stir-frys in my authentic wok using only fresh veg with a dash of oil - the onions go in first.
I've also cooked a very complicated dish from Ghana which uses tons of ingredients & is very time-consuming to make but which really impresses guests. It uses onions not only in the main chicken dish but also has to be served with loads of garnishes including a bowl of chopped fried onions & a bowl of sliced raw ones - lovely!
Although food has shot up in price I think onions are worth every penny & Tesco & Sainsbury's bags of cheap onions seem just as tasty to me as buying them from the greengrocer.
As you get quite a few in a bag you can always make French onion soup to eat fresh or pop in the freezer for a later date.
Finally, I could not do a review without mentioning pickled onions!
These bring back fond memories of my Granny's onions in jars - enough for the whole village- neatly lined up just ready to be labelled & given away.
The only time I eat pickled ones now is when Santa puts them in my stocking - hate to tell him that I much prefer pickled gherkins these days!
- still good value.
- very versatile.
- healthy if not cooked in a lot of oil or butter.
- great all-year round vegetable.
Summary: in my opinion the most versatile & tastiest veg around
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