Curried Pickled Red Onion

"This was a happy accident. I have pickled red onions on-hand at any given time, but I generally like to deviate from the standard onion-vinegar-sugar-salt format each time. I've been using rosemary lately, but I ran out of that, so I decided to throw in some parsley. Then, since I felt myself drawn once again to North Africa in my seasoning, I reached for the ras el hanout, but instead grabbed turmeric...and fenugreek...and cumin. I had just made a curried picked red onion. Besides the wonderful taste profile, what surprised me most was what it did to the color. You'd expect a pickled red onion to be a magenta color as the pigment of the outer later bleeds into the rest of the onion fiber. Well, as I learned as a small child, red + yellow = orange. Pretty!"
photo by Late Night Gourmet photo by Late Night Gourmet
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  • Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a small pot. Dissolve sugar and salt into liquid, then stir in remaining ingredients except for onion.
  • Remove from heat, add sliced onion, and cover. Steep for at least 20 minutes.
  • Remove onions from liquid with tongs - retaining liquid - and place in a glass jar. Pour liquid from pot, making sure that parsley and at least some of the peppercorns and mustard seed get tin the jar.
  • Allow to cool on counter top, then refrigerate.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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