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January 31, 2015

Caramelized onion and goat cheese tart

There is an old Russian 1 joke: A woman goes to visit her mother for 2 weeks. When she returns home, her husband looks terrible - gaunt, unshaven, with bags under his eyes. The wife asks: "What happened to you?!" 
The husband replies: "I haven't eaten anything in 10 days! I am starving, and haven't been able to sleep or concentrate on anything."
Wife: "How is that possible? I left a refrigerator full of groceries, enough food for a month, and really detailed recipe cards."

Husband: "I know! I was fine following the recipe cards for 3 days, but after that I was stuck. All the recipes start with take a clean pan."
~ Folk humor, translated by the hedgehog

The first step in making a caramelized onion tart, or, for that matter, any recipe that requires caramelized onions, is to prepare the onions. The process is very simple, and does not require a lot of attention, although it will take a few hours. This is a perfect activity if you are planning to spend a few hours watching Netflix, reading or doing chores around the house mindlessly wandering online. 

  • add sweetness and crunch to sandwiches
  • top pizzas, including that great French classic - pissaladière
  • be tossed with green beans or pasta
  • get baked into caramelized onion and gruyere biscuits
  • achieve the glory that is French onion soup
  • get eaten with a fork directly from the jar 
Since the effort required for a bigger batch is marginal, make a large pot and freeze whatever remains after a few days. The best way to freeze the onions is to put them into a Ziplock bag, squeeze out all the air, close the bag and distribute the onions in an even layer. Once frozen 2, simply break off the portion needed for a recipe. 

So, take a clean pot...

January 26, 2015

Meet the hedgehog

  1. desire or be curious to know something. 
    "how many times have I written that, I wonder?"
    synonyms:ponder, think about, meditate on, reflect on, muse on, puzzle over, speculate about, conjecture;
    be curious about
    "I wondered what was on her mind"
  2. feel admiration and amazement; marvel. 
    "people stood by and wondered at such bravery"
    synonyms:marvel, be amazed, be astonished, stand in awe, be dumbfounded, gape, goggle;
    informalbe flabbergasted
    "people wondered at such bravery"
a small nocturnal Old World mammal with a spiny coat and short legs, able to roll itself into a ball for defense.
  • any other animal covered with spines, especially a porcupine.

Hedgehog in the Fog. A film by Yuriy Norshteyn.