Excuse me, is this an onion?

I was shopping in the produce section at the grocery store this week and saw the man next to me taking a photo of a turnip on his iPhone. He looked at me sheepishly and asked if it was a sweet onion. Astonished, I told him it was a turnip and showed him the sweet onions nearby.  He pointed to the sign above the turnips that indeed said sweet onions, but I assured him they were mislabeled. He told me he had been texting his wife a photo of the turnips because he didn’t think they looked like onions. How many husbands used to come home with the wrong items before cell phones?

I can’t really criticize him for not recognizing a turnip. When my family moved to Trinidad when I was a teenager, I went to a fresh produce stand and asked the man about the large green husks in a bin.  He looked at me as though I was from mars and told me that they were coconuts. I had never seen fresh coconuts before and only knew coconuts to be hairy brown nuts. I could hear him laughing hysterically as I left the shop. Who could blame him, what person from a tropical climate can’t identify a coconut?

I do love trying new foods and new recipes.  I think part of the thrill of cooking my way through the Silver Palate is the new ingredients and techniques that I get to try each week. This week I tried yet another of the Silver Palate’s breads for afternoon tea, Grandma Clark’s Soda Bread. It filled the house with a tantalizing aroma and I could not resist trying it hot from the oven. I really like that this soda bread calls for currants, which makes it more of a bread that goes with tea. It is delicious slathered in butter and jam but would also be good without the raisins as a side to chili or stew. It is well worth the few minutes that it takes to put together and the ingredients are sure to be on hand. If I had known making soda bread was so easy and delicious, I would have tried it years ago. Recipe here.


1 thought on “Excuse me, is this an onion?

  1. Hmmmmmm ….. sounds wonderful, we will have figure out how to do baking here in India, they must have ovens, as they do sell real baked bread! I understand the unrecognizable fruits or vegetables dilemma, there are still a number of green, purple, brown, grooved, rippled, bumpy, pointed, furry and such that are a mystery to me.

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