Monday, September 10, 2012

Strange Bedfellows

The other day we were picking up the third fluorescent fixture for the master bathroom. Hopefully this one will work. Don't ask, because it's a very long story full of cuss words. As we were walking out of the store I detected the fragrance of fried onions. Probably from one of those mobile food carts with food which isn't very good for you. Still, the onion fragrance in the air made me hungry and craving fried onions. Later we stopped by the grocery to get a few items and I picked up one red onion. I rarely use onions because they don't agree with Gary, but I thought I could cook one onion for myself and no one would be the wiser. I chose a red onion thinking that if Gary did want some the red onion would be milder and he might be ok with it. I discovered a watercolor artist Jennifer Redstreake Geary on Etsy who painted this red onion which jumps right off the page it looks so realistic.

This afternoon I sliced up that onion (my onion not her onion painting) and dipped it in a beaten egg mixture then in a freshly ground cornmeal to which I had already added chipotle powder, dried dill, and mustard powder. Meanwhile I took out a low saucepan and poured in a small amount of hazelnut oil (I had this oil from years ago and have been using it sparingly ever since, but sadly now it's all gone) and put the heat on medium hot to heat the oil. I cooked the onion rings and then drained them on a paper towel I thought to add a complementary food and noticed I had a white fleshed peach which I cut up. Below is a photo of a peach colored hibiscus I took a while ago.

Then I thought to myself, wait a minute I need a dipping sauce for these. I took a quarter cup of sour cream, added some chipotle sauce, a squeeze of half a lime, some dried dill, and a dash of white sugar. I stirred it up and placed a dollop on the plate with a garnish of fresh herbs from my garden.

Dip both the peaches and the onions in the sauce. I know this sounds strange, but the peaches liked the sauce as much as the onions did. Who knew peaches and onions would complement each other. Since this combines peaches and fried onions, I think I should call it Strange Bedfellows. Gary even had some and he gave it two thumbs up. Hide the car keys, I want to drive to the grocery store right now to get more onions and make more, More, MORE. Give it a try you might like it too. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Good Morning, Linda! "A very long story full of cuss words..." Some repair jobs are like that. :)

    Your recipes for the coating and the dipping sauce sound yummy. I really need to start growing some herbs. Fresh herbs from a garden sure sounds good.

  2. Hi Teresa, thanks, too many repair jobs are like that I'm afraid, the herbs are great even if you just grow them to pinch off and smell when walking out in the garden and they are usually pest and disease free.

  3. I like red onion, very very much, and this recipe is great!
    Many greetings!

  4. That sounds like a delicious combination of hot and sweet. I can almost smell them now.

  5. I have a real weakness for onion rings and now I am craving them! Sadly, I have never made my own. Those look delicious.

  6. Sounds totally yummy and more healthy than a restaurant fried onion. Thanks for sharing!

  7. YES, what a great link our olfactory sense gives to appetite. Your complete story from first scent to the great combo with peaches (who would have thought!) and the dipping's elegant. Thanks!

  8. Yesterday I drove by a Chili's Restaurant and got a yen for one of their Blooming Onions with SW dipping sauce. Of course, it was out of the question so I'm left with the craving. Maybe I'll try your solution!

  9. Yum, sounds delicious!

  10. Sounds delish. Looks so, too. Lovely presentation. If only...

  11. I never would have thought to put those together but nothing is stranger than the truth!

  12. Hi Dalmira, thanks, yes the red onion is a beauty, great tasting too.

    Hi Lori, thanks, yes it was a great combination amazed even myself, Ha.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I do too and it has been so long since I had them, never made them at home either but years ago I gave up fast food so, I may be sorry I tried it at home cause now I know I can make them. Ha.

    Hi Terrie, thanks, yes better than fast food, and olive oil can be used to fry them too, they were good.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I couldn't believe how good they smelled outside the big box store and I just had such a craving for them.

    Hi Cynthia, thanks, try it you will like it.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, see how those restaurants are tempting us with all their smells as we drive by but much less expensive to make something at home and better for us I am sure.

    Hi Lori, thanks, they were so good.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, if only, give them a try if you're able.

    Hi Carolyn, thanks, in this case the truth is so true, they were good together, much like sweet and sour I guess.


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