I am not an onion fan by any means. Every night at dinner, because my mother insisted on cooking with onions knowing full well I hated cooked onions, she would purse her lips at me as I picked every last piece or speck of onion out of my food. The you know what would really hit the fan when a piece that I missed would accidentally land in my mouth… UGH! Across the table it would go followed by violent gags and my mother muttering something about me being a drama queen. Hey, I don’t like onions, all she had to do was stop putting them in my food and chewed up pieces wouldn’t land in her plate from me spitting them out.
As I grew older and started cooking my own meals, onions weren’t even on the shopping list. Occassionally I’d buy one and chop up tiny amounts into barely there pieces to add to a salad, but small, diced and raw would be the only way I’d eat them. Over the years I’ve learned that I like the flavor of onion in my foods, just not the feel of them in my mouth when they are cooked. So I’ve minced them, I’ve pureed them in the food processor and I’ve even shredded them. This would allow them to dissolve into my recipes and I’d have the flavor without the stress.
A few months ago I discovered leeks. Oh I’ve heard about them before but never had any interest. While browsing through Sprout’s one day I decided to be bold & snag a bunch. I tested out a small (I mean SMALL) slice in something I was cooking that night and lo & behold it didn’t wilt like onions do nor did I feel that slimy feeling in my mouth. Surprisingly, they had a wonderful crunchy texture and mild oniony flavor. I was in heaven. I had found my perfect “onion”. I just bought another bunch today & chopped some up in my tuna salad.
Next year… leeks in the garden… happy gardening to you!
Ciao for now!