Marinated red onions

These marinated onions have been around for quite a few years and I haven’t gotten around to posting them. So here they are. If you haven’t made them yet, you are missing out badly. They are delicious with everything and they add a punch to salads, starters, sandwiches, vegetable platters, pastas and snacks. So easy to make, so quick and effortless, it will be a shame not to have them on hand in the fridge, where they will keep for about one month. Now that the festive christmas season is upon us, why not give a bottle/can away as a christmas gift. I promise you it isn’t expensive, it looks pretty and it will be truly appreciated.

Marinated red onions recipe

  1. 4 small red onions or 2 large onions
  2. 300 ml white vinegar, or cider vinegar, or rice vinegar
  3. 4 TBSP white sugar
  4. 1 TBSP salt
  5. peppercorns
  6. 2 peeled garlic cloves
  1. Peel the onions and slice thinly into rings.
  2. Place the sliced onions into two medium mas jars. Add the some peppercorns and one garlic clove to each jar.
  3. Bring to the boil the vinegar, salt and sugar.
  4. Pour the vinegar over the onions and fill to the top. Leave to cool down a bit and cover.
  5. Set aside to cool down completely and store in the fridge for up to one month.

Pinch of salt

  • Use white vinegar or cider vinegar or rice vinegar, or use a mix of your choice of vinegar.
  • Add a little water to the marinade if you don’t want it too pungent.
  • Slice the onion thicker for more crunch.
  • The onions canbe used immediately but will be better after about three days of marinating.
  • Use the marinade for vinaigrettes.

Joyeux Noël!

Oats and coconut cookies and a christmas tree.

These old fashioned cookies are from my childhood. My mom believed they were healthy so we ate them throughout the year. They are simple to make and delicious to eat. Everybody loves them.

Oats and coconut cookies

  • 1 c butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 c flour
  • 4 c oats
  • 3 c dessicated coconut
  • 11/2 c sugar
  • salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Grease a baking tin, 30x35cm with butter and and line with brown paper.
  3. Mix the flour, oats, coconut, sugar and salt.
  4. Melt the butter and sugar . Add the milk and bicarbote of soda.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Press the mixture into the greased baking tin and bake for about 25 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cut into squares while warm and leave to cool beofre removing the squares from the baking tin.

Christmas in our house starts on 1 December. We play some christmas music while decorating the tree and finish off with a nice dinner en famille.