ABOUT ME: Polish expat tryig to survive in Finnish woodlands

ABOUT THE BLOG: Sharing bits of onionless life brutally enforced by my boyfriend. Yup, welcome to yet another food & travel blog.


– me

– Mr. No Onion Please

– Pรธlse (yet imaginary, cat to become)


27 thoughts on “About

  1. Ha, what a fantastic ‘about me’! Why doesn’t your boyfriend eat onions? They seem to be the basis of so many sauces, meals and add heaps of flavour to dishes. That’s really tragic. Must be so hard for you to avoid including them in cooking.

    • He claims they are “poisonous” ๐Ÿ˜‰ well at the beginning it’s been quite a challenge to cook, especially that I love fried onions, they add so much sweetnes to dishes. We are already over 4 years living together so I kind of got used to – I just use much more spices, herbs and garlic. In a way it has also positive sides – Iยดve discovered so many new spices and herbs I’ve never even heard of before. BTW onions are known to be poisonous for cats and dogs so maybe there is a grain of truth in what my boyfriend says ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hi! I have actually never heard of it. I’ve just put it to wikipedia (a polish name of it in direct translation means devil’s manure ๐Ÿ˜€ ), seems like a great idea to try to put it to stews and soups, where I miss onion the most. I’m definitely gonna try that one out, thank you! I guess I should be able to get it in one of the Indian stores in Hakaniemi right?

      • Yeah, I think Vii Voan has it, and probably the Indian stores have it too. I think that the last time I bought it was from Punnitse & Sรครคstรค near the Sรถrnรคinen metro station on Hรคmeentie, so they should stock it in any case.

        I have to warn you that it can take a couple of times to get used to it since it’s smell when cooking can be overpowering. However after you fry it in oil, it’s flavor is delicious!

        The magazine Saudi Aramco World had recently a great feature article about asafoetida.

      • Thank you once again! Your comments are very very useful, I appreciate them so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be next time in Helsinki in 1,5 weeks and then I’ll go to search for it as well as ras-el-hanout ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You can get ras-el-hanout in the market (kauppahalli) at Hakaniemi from the spice store. Or you can get a completely different version of it from Citymarket ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the Citymarket version sifted on top of duck breast, roasted in the oven until the layer of fat is nice and crisp while the inside is nice and pink ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for info, I have actually never seen in Citymarket (I guess it depends on particular shops), I’ll be in Hakaniemi next weekend so then for sure I’ll try to buy it there ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’ve just found your blog…Lovely fresh and crisp approach…I usually hide onion in my dishes,in Italian cooking there seems to be always the basic,onion,carrot,celery start to a dish.Great blog!

  4. Hi there, I saw you in the Top 9 on Foodbuzz and wanted to check out your blog. I love the premise behind it. I love onions, but sometimes I skip them altogether in recipes because my eyes get so sensitive from them I have to walk out of the kitchen for a few minutes! Fun blog, I will be back!

  5. Thank you so much for this blog! I can’t eat onions because they trigger violent migraines, and I’ve never been able to find a recipe spot before that uniquely didn’t involve onions. It’s so hard to keep away from them, they’re in everything!

    • Hello! I’m really sorry you’re suffering so badly from onions! It is true that onions are basically in most of the recipes. But you just don’t need to add them. Of course this will deteriorate the taste of the dish, but one just needs to make it up with adding more spices and herbs, sometimes a pinch of sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ Also avoid making the dishes which use a lot of onion – it means that the main flavor of the dish will be based on it, so if you’ll get rid of it the dish will remain pretty tasteless. Hope you will find some recipes you’ll like here ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank GOD I’m not alone in this! I moved in with a boyfriend in July who hates onions. At first, I felt crippled in the kitchen, but it’s ended up pushing my cooking to new horizons. I’ll definitely be following and sharing recipes!

    • Wow! I’m really happy you have joined ๐Ÿ™‚ Good to have someone that understands the pain of onionless (leekless and shallotless ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) cooking ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’ll ever decide to make a food blog, please let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be delighted to visit you and get some ideas from your onionless kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I am glad I found your blog. I am just like your boyfriend and don’t like onions either. I call them the devil, haha! I my blog is pretty much onion-free. I don’t mind a mild onion flavor…I just hate biting into them.

  8. just stumbled on your site. the title of your blog caught my attention, because i’m allergic to onions, therefore, i cannot eat them. this blog would be great for me! luckily, hubby and i have been together for years now that he’s used to it.

  9. Hi noonionplease. You left a comment on my Hungry Happenings blog and I was so intrigued by your name that I had to check out your website. So nice to see that I am not alone in my onion-less kitchen. My husband has bad reactions to onions so I have to leave them out of all of my recipes. It does present a huge challenge when a great majority of recipes begin with cooking onions. I have been able to sneak in a very small amount of diced shallot on occasion when a recipe really needs some onion flavor. I have been known to do that then strain the diced shallot out of a sauce. Like you I have learned to ramp up the amount of spices including garlic in my recipes. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes. Your pictures are beautiful and the food looks wonderful. I am really excited to try the chicken with the amaretto. It looks amazing.

  10. ahh i love this blog. I suffer from a horrible onion allergy (they make me throw up very shortly after eating them) and my mother also! onions are in so many things. I love that i have a blog where i can get recipes from without constantly substituting!

  11. I just found your blog. My wife can no longer eat onions or peppers, but she really likes a good barbecue. I created a sauce for her and enough people said it was really good that I am now selling it online! Your blog is a nice resource for my visitors so I’ll link to your blog from my website. Thank you!

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