Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cry Me a River



I have a love-hate relationship with onions. Mostly hate. The thing is, I love the initial taste of a lot of food that contains onions like salsa, fajitas, stroganoff, onion rings, and many salads. But after I'm done eating, my mouth always tastes so disgusting from the onions! And they make my stomach hurt and give me the runs (sorry TMI). And whenever I cook with onions, the whole house reeks for at least a day. I almost can't cope with how pungant they are when you cook with them. And they make my hands stink. And right now--1 hour after eating maybe 5 bites of salsa--I want to throw up from the aftertaste of onions. (I know, I should just go brush my teeth. But I'm trying to blog here!) But despite knowing I hate the taste and smell of them, I can't seem to resist eating them if they're in something I know I like. And you'd think I would have more control of the situation when it's me that's doing the cooking. But I can't seem to leave them out of my recipes either. I feel like I'm somehow cheating or that the recipe will not turn out right if I don't use the onions. I do try to reduce the amount by at least 9/10ths. But even that is often not enough to keep the insidious taste and odor from getting to me. Why can't I just leave well enough alone? Why am I drawn to this odious--odorous?--vegetable when I clearly hate everything about it??? I'm like a moth to a flame. Oh, Onion, why caint I quit chou?

8 comments:

Christie said...

I hate how they make my hands smell for days after I cut them up.

CaraDee said...

Oh all my dearie dears. Just keep some disposable rubber (latex) gloves on hand (100 for like $3.00 at Harbor Freight) and just put them on, wash your hands a little, and chop away. I use them for all the nasty hand jobs. Ooo, that sounded BAD..ha Onions, garlic, raw meat, you name it. DO IT! Okay, if you don't want to, I've heard that rubbing lemon all over your skin will take the onion smell away.

Also, Arianne, you should rename your blog My Quandried Life.

Mindi said...

first: i love any post with tmi and
b: i lalalove onions, but they ruined my first married valentines when my husband came back from a trip up north and REEKED of onions, like coming out of his pores in the worst way. he had been to an italian place and for some reason it attached to him and i couldn't kiss him for 2 days. it was bad.

Sara said...

Ari, i feel the same, and use dried minced onions whenever possible, it helps a ton!

Mia said...

I love love love onions. But just lately I have been noticing the aftertaste too... I really hope this doesn't sour my relationship with onions. I would cry :)

Chelsea said...

I LOVE onions. I will always pick onion rings over fries. Fried, sautéed, raw, I just love them. Too bad they cause stinky breath. I don't mind the smell of them cooking or on my hands though.

The Walsh's said...

I heard that rubbing a silver piece of cutlery on your hands takes the smell away, but I doubt rubbing a silver spoon on your tongue would do anything for that nasty aftertaste. I'm with you. I love 'em and I wish they'd go away. Kinda like men.

alex dumas said...

So many foods would just suck without onions. Like ground beef. And they're good for you.

Well, maybe not good for YOU, if they loosen your bowels that drastically.