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  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Humble Onion And Evening Meal Not Wanted

"Can you imagine a world without onions ?
These were words shared by "Julia Child."

The use of the onion for food goes back at least 3,500 years
and is one of the oldest cultivated plants and a world class super food.
Read a lot of information on "google"  regarding the onion that I did not know.

"The Space Between Us" by Thrity Unriga
has been sitting among a stack of unread books for a long time
and I recently started to read.

I read with interest that when the young woman's cooked her eggs
there was an addition of onion, garlic, cilantro and a pinch of chili powder.
This gave me an idea for my scrambled egg that I make for breakfast about 3 times a week.

I beat my egg with  an addition of cold water (the amount that I once used of milk)
pour into a warm skillet with a small amount of melted butter, low heat and stir continually.
It seems this makes the egg moist and fluffy....
and this is a new way for me - an idea I was given when I attended a brunch
recently and complimented the eggs and noticed the texture was different from mine.
My friend told me she never added milk but a small amount of cold water.

Now as I am stirring I add a very small amount of  chopped onion, garlic, a pinch of turmeric (good for inflammation), and early
this morning I also put in a little chopped cheese. (this amount is for one - just me :)

Now this is not an omelet
just a scrambled egg with an addition of the above
and I found it tasty.
wish I still had some cilantro but in the Spring  when plants are thriving - I can add.

I also will share
I can no longer eat 3 hearty meals.
My breakfast is my favorite and the most I eat for a meal.
Then lunch a little less
and now in the evening
I have the thought "I am not hungry."
Sometimes I make a smoothie or have a bowl of cereal with banana (my mother did this in later years
and I thought it was strange :)  I also will add that many things that my mother did that I did not
like I find I am now doing some of them :)

 During the day I snack
usually a small dish of different kinds of nuts
and yesterday also - 4 pieces of chocolate that seems to  still be here from Christmas :)
and if it was not - I would buy on next trip to market....

Before going to bed I usually have some yogurt and banana
so this is new for me and
I find it pleasing.
Also sometimes I make a float with ice cream and Vernor's (Vernor's a childhood favorite from Detroit and now it is in my local grocery - my son does not eat ice cream :) almost frowns at me when I mention it :)
but surely with weight staying at a little less then 110 lbs
I can eat some ice cream and chocolate :)

Well aware with families you could not have my schedule.
As my younger daughter shares
"evening is our biggest meal"....

So this is either a plus or minus
of this matriarch - I think it is a plus :)


Wisewebwoman said...

I think we find our own rhythms as we get older and do not have the responsibility of the care and feeding of others.

I love my breakfast, it carries me through most of the day. Lunch is lighter but I do love a good evening meal and like you, have my own yogurt + fruit at 10.00p.m. This suits my metabolism.

And I adore onions.


Tabor said...

As long as you eat a balance of protein, fat, carbs and fiber and as long as you maintain a minimum number of calories, you can eat when you want. I wish I was not so hungry all the time. Both are a balance issue.

Balisha said...

I enjoy making breakfast. I make a healthy bran muffin with dried apricots, raisins, walnuts, and sometimes cranberries... that we have most mornings with cereal and juice. Twice a week we have eggs of some sort and maybe a couple strips of bacon.I enjoy teas of many kinds. English Breakfast tea is a favorite.
Our biggest meal is in the early afternoon.Then before bed I have the same as you....yogurt and fruit. I love vegetables and often just a bowl of warmed carrots or broccoli satisfies me.
We try not to eat much sugar, but when we do we eat a couple squares of ghirardelli dark chocolate or homemade cookies:)
Once in a while we have icecream or sherbert. I tried gelatto last week for the first time and thought it was delicious.
I watched a chef prepare scrambled eggs using water too. The constant stirring makes for tender eggs. Joe makes them in a glass measure in the microwave. Very fluffy.
I did a post on the onion too...several years ago.I don't know what I would do without onions. They improve the flavor in so many dishes.
This is almost as long as a
Bye for now...Balisha

Pienosole said...

I too think it's a plus :-)!
Breakfast is my favorite meal.

thewiildmagnola said...

onions are amazing, you either love them, or hate them. i love them, they no longer love me, at least no raw onions.

not eating enough has never been my problem. i would do well to follow your lead.

cooking and eating healthy are important, so i am told.

breakfast is my favorite meal. be sure to take care of you.


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One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Wisewebwoman, Tabor, Balisha,
Pienosole and Sandra, :)

Judy said...

I find that I can no longer eat large meals and usually only have two meals a day. A lot of things I used to like, just don't taste as good anymore AND always a big beef eater--I haven't had any in months. I just don't like meat anymore--nor chicken, or pork, or fish. It seems I am turning into a vegetable and fruit person, LOL.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I feel the same about meat and chicken. Seems they do not taste like in the past. I like crisp bacon and sometimes sprinkle some on some soup and greens I prepare.
Stay warm....

Marcie said...

I make a good breakfast on weekends, but school days and work days it is such a rush to get out the door.

On days that I am at the farm all day, lunch is often the biggest meal... with dinner just warming up some leftovers or a healthy snack.

I think that your way of eating sounds just right for you. You are listening to your body, I think.

kerrdelune said...

As I grow older, I am finding that I can't eat as I once did, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day too.

Scrambled eggs are a long time fave, sometimes with sauteed mushrooms and shallots, a little spicy red pepper jelly or cilantro tossed on top (can't imagine a world without cilantro in it). Your egg recipe sounds wonderful, my friend, and I am going to give it a try tomorrow morning. Thank you!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Cate, I did not have any mushrooms on hand or that would have been an addition.
Aisling :)
Today at lunch just simmered some cauliflower, carrots, celery and onion and then simmered cabbage separately. both had a small addition of garlic and olive oil and cooked a couple of chicken strips. This is good for this one a couple of days...
But I am craving a lemon pie and a choclate pie and soon will make piled high with merangue :)

Anonymous said...

I have found, also, that it is far better for me to eat a light meal in the evenings. I know most people don't do it this way, but it is definitely better for me. And, onions? Where would we be without onions? Some times, when I'm low on veggies, or have nothing but onions, I roast one or two with a little olive oil and and herb, perhaps a little cheese! Yum.