Vegan Mofo: Creamed Onions

I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of Mofo 14, whilst I’m beginning to struggle with keeping up, it really does feel like it’s only just begun. I cannot believe I have made it this far! As there’s only 9 posts left I’ll be revisiting a few books over the next week or so. Don’t worry, there are a few new ones coming up too!

I couldn’t help myself going back to the book of terrible vegetable side dishes, The Complete Home Cookbook, which introduced me to the joy of a crunchy topped cauliflower. Whilst that dish was impressive, the recipe for Creamed Onions smacked me in the face. How disgusting! I must make it!

Creamed Onions

  • 450g onions
  • boiling water to cover
  • 570ml soya milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 30g soya butter
  • 30g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  1. Trim the root hairs from the onions but do not cut the roots off completely. Place the onions in a large pan and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes
  2. Transfer the onions to cold water, allow to cool and then peel off the skins, removing roots as well. Leave the onions to dry
  3. Place the milk in a pan and add the mace and bay leaf, bring to the boil and then take off the heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Melt the butter in a pan and when melted stir in the flour. Remove the bay leaf from the milk and add to the roux. Stir well and bring to the boil, allow to simmer for 3 minutes or so until thickened. Add salt and the onions and heat through. Serve immediately
Serves 4

I’ve never boiled onions in this fashion before, it felt weird. I served mine with some fried seitan and a bulgar wheat salad type thing I made. Where do I start? The taste? Well it was horrible, I don’t really like nutmeg/mace, especially if it’s an overpowering taste. The texture was vile, I felt like I was eating eyeballs and the onions were really watery. The worst part was attempting to get these slippery suckers into my mouth. It took me forever to have my first bite. I couldn’t get my fork into the bloody things and everytime I missed the onions shot around the plate. I think they ended up on my lap about three times. Ridiculous.
What a stupid side dish. Can you imagine serving this at a dinner party? My only relief was that I was eating this in the privacy of my own home.
I’ve managed to take a good look at some other blogs today and saw some great stuff, like these Choc Chip Cookies from Tofu Sarah    and these moreish looking Garlic Za’atar Carrot Fries from Connoisseurus Rex                            
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18 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Creamed Onions

  1. Thank you for that eyeball thing, that in no way made me gag my lunch all over the place. Eyes things make me feel so sick!
    I have seem some creamed onion recipes before, one in one of my newish vegan books, but they certainly don't involve whole onions. Who would have thought such a thing?

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  2. ha ha, yes, the eating eyeballs image really tipped me over the edge. Maybe you could make them for a Halloween party? I could totally imagine them shooting all over the plate as you tried to stab them with your fork. Alas.

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  3. I used mace on a visit to a holiday flat in scotland some years back and when I returned 3 years later the jar was still there and probably untouched – but it worked in the nut roast. I am not sure how it would go in this dish but I cringe at creamy onions in your lap – just hope you are so genteel you have a nice linen napkin there to catch them – ha ha!

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  4. I started reading this thinking it might taste a bit like bread sauce then realised that the onions weren't blended but left whole! How bizarre. I hope Rainbows and Wellies is going to make another appearance. I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive.

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