Cooking along the borderline
Onions are what? A vegetable? A spice? It's on the borderline between both.
Most fresh onions taste sharp and pungent. So one tends to take the milder ones for salads. However, the flavour mellows when you cook them. Actually, onions change their taste depending somewhat on whether you brown them in a pan or boil them in a pot. They seem to let their taste migrate to whatever food is next to them, be it meat, bread, other vegetables or herbs.
Since onions were found years before our time they have never stopped at any border. Today in every part of the world they are welcomed at the table. Start discovering ...
Small is beautiful
Onions are good healthy food. They are a rich source of nutrients, including vitamins, protein, and a lot of minerals. But no fat, no cholesterol, and they are low in calories. You can buy them in yellow-brown, red, or white, sometimes in green. And they come in various sizes, starting at one inch up to as big as a potato.
If you are not sure how to spice up your meal, just do what mankind has done for several hundred years all over the world: add some onion. Chop them in little pieces, slice them or blend them with herbs or garlic, so that all that's left is the taste – easily done without any tears by your Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender.
Invent your free-style Guacamole
If you have an avocado, some tomatoes and maybe some yogurt to hand, you might combine them for a salsa dip. Add a drop of lemon juice, an onion, spices (coriander goes nicely with that), pepper it up if you like - you will surely find a way that's your way to Mexico.
At least your Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender will clear the way when you put all the stuff into the chopping attachment. You don't like Mexico? Then head towards India and perform a chutney.
You can build pyramids on onions
The old Egyptians consumed tons of onions. The workers who built the pyramids even accepted them as payment. In a collection of 35 Babylonian recipes onions appear in almost every recipe, usually mashed and stirred into foods.
In ancient Greece, athletes ate lots of onions to lighten the balance of blood. In the Middle Ages people sometimes would pay for their rent with onions and doctors were known to prescribe onions to cure several pains, for instance hair loss and headaches.