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Red onions – a colour and crunch combination with a mighty punch

 

Red onions have this lovely   red to purple paper skin on the outside. Inside, their sweet, crisp white flesh is edged with a red to purple color.

I use this versatile vegetable in a variety of dishes and would love to share some ideas with you.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Red Onion in a Red Grape Vinegar

1 onion

½ tsp pink Himalaya salt

Enough red grape vinegar to cover the onion

10 Curry leaves (optional)

1 tsp pink peppercorns

Slice the onion, sprinkle salt on it, add curry leaves and peppercorns. Cover with Red Grape Vinegar.

Leave it for ten minutes.

The onions will become a lovely pink color.

Kept in a sealed container these onions will last for a week refrigerated


Serving suggestion

Serve it on oven roasted vegetables, to give the dish just that extra bit of texture and taste.  It also works well with meat and gives a plain sandwich a crunchy bite.

 

   

Red Onion Pickles in Vinegar and Sugar

A recipe inspired by one of my favourite culinary inspirations, Nina Timm, who developed the basic recipe, I just added a little bit of this and that to give it a different touch.

½ cup of Vinegar

¼ cup of sugar

½ tsp of fennel Seeds

1 thumb ginger

½ tsp green peppercorns

Salt to taste

1 large red onion

1 clove garlic (optional)

1 green chilli (optional)

Slice the onion and ginger into thin slices or thin half slices.

Prepare a pickling jar, add the raw onions and ginger into the jar up to the brim.

Combine the vinegar, sugar, fennel seeds, ginger, peppercorns and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.

Once the sugar melted and the syrup is infused with all the spices, pour it onto the raw onions and ginger in the pickling jar.

Seal the jar and leave for a few hours to pickle.

Keep refrigerated.  Will last up to a month.

Serving  suggestion

The fennel seeds give the onions a hint of liquorice taste, which combines well with the sweet and sour taste of the onions and ginger.  This is the perfect addidtion to a salad, or roasted vegetables, as well as meat dishes, and off course our staple, sandwiches and on smorgasbords with cheeses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deep fried red onion recipe  

2 Red onions

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Vegetable oil enough to deep fry

Smoked coarse salt (you can use plain coarse salt)

In a medium size pot heat the vegetable oil and add the turmeric.  Cut the onions into paper thin slices while the oil is heating.

Fry the onions in the turmeric oil until golden brown.  Remove from oil, put onions in a colander and drain most of the oil. The onions will be soft when you remove them from the oil but will become crispy when starting to cool down.  Add the smokey salt to the onions.

Useful tip

You can keep these onions up to two days in an airtight container and it will stay crispy.

Serving suggestions

Add onto salads, crunchy with couscous, tasty treat with meat and great on mash potatoes to name a few.

Mani’s – sharing the taste, loving the experience!

Now, this is the place in Muscat where I go for my early morning coffee, followed by a scrumptious, “liberally checked” by its owners, breakfast.  Mani’s Café, was created by three Omani mothers, who shared the same desire: healthy eating!  They joined their creative culinary forces to form the perfect stop for my friends and I after our morning exercise.

 ‘Oh, the joy of sitting outside at the harbor area, sipping  freshly brewed coffee and devouring a healthy, fresh produce breakfast’.

One cannot help but feel and taste the owners’ goal of creating a homegrown concept, born out of their shared love of fresh, healthy and wholesome food.

Upon entering Mani’s, you are welcomed by the friendly staff and eye catching décor.  Don’t be surprised if you get this overwheling feeling to grab a basket and start filling it up with all their home-made products.  I had a hard time choosing between listening to my hunger pains or immediately selecting all the products I wanted to buy.  It is a delicatessen paradise with all the flavored olive oils, pestos, granola, bread and cookies.

   

Taking inspiration from the their worldwide travels, and their love of gourmet cooking, the ladies  compiled a menu that reflects their vast tasting experiences.

There is a selection of the most delectable smoothies, green juices, iced juices and chia, to name just a few.  A real treat for your tastesbuds and it is healthy too!

I highly recommend selecting a delicious option from the “All day Breakfast “menu, with all that fresh produce it certainly is the most appetizing breakfast around.

 

 

I am sharing just a few dishes with you, even the photos will get your mouths watering, so head to Mani’s Café for a tastebud explosion you won’t forget!

“Spicy Turkish poached eggs” with Mani’s home-made spicy sour cream sauce and a green salad.

“Mani’s Veggie Breakfast” avocados, chopped parsley on a slice of toasted sourdough bread drizzled with Mani’s home-made sriracha sauce.

“Eggs Benedict” two poached eggs on freshly baked English muffins with a choice of smoked salmon, beef bacon or spinach.

”Avocado and Smoked Salmon” topped with a soft boiled egg and side of English muffin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many more dishes to try and to taste!  Not only for breakfast but also lunch, dinner and last but not least, coffee with their cake of the day.

 

Mani’s is a place where you can feel the love that shares life’s treats with their customers.  Good food & good coffee. 

 

What are you waiting for?  Go and treat yourself as soon as you can!

 

Visit their website for more information.