8.24.2011

Planning, Anger, Onions, and Randoms

You may already know this, but last year, after working 60 hours plus per week for many, many months, I had finally saved up enough to do my favorite thing in the world (no pun intended) -- Travel! 

This time the trip was going to be Around the World. Now, I am a planner and I usually like planning, but have you ever tried to plan a multi-month trip?

Want to hear more about this? Please go over HERE (<---- link) where I have a post up about trying to plan this trip! 

Also for where I went on this trip and others, go HERE
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A few of my favorite posts this week from other bloggers: 
Liz, who has lost many lbs through running, talked about running a 30k!
Kate talked about saving money by making lunch.
Cailen is giving away a free cookbook!
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This is the book I am currently reading:

click photo to go to Amazon
Nice huh? Actually, it's interesting, in a good way.
It's about women and how they cope with anger in all different situations.
If you want it, I will send it to you when I am done. For real.

ALSO on the same line, I got an Amazon Gift Card and need to know -- what book do I absolutely HAVE to buy next!? Recommendations are in order!

To see more of what I am reading you can check out my BOOKSHELF or friend me on GOODREADS
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Okay, I know this is kind of a strange segue, but next up I am going to tell you....

How to cut an onion

You heard me right. I know, we have all cut an onion before. Many of them probably.
And we all Know How To Cut an Onion Already!
But wait! I learned this great way to cut an onion and since then, I am a fired up onion chopper. I am like the bass-o-matic. I can chop an onion in two seconds flat! Okay, maybe not that fast. But pretty fast.


First, cut the onion in half, vertically.


Now, put it flat side down and with what used to be the top of the onion facing away from you, slice the onion like this. 

The key is: Do Not cut it all the way to the end. I repeat: Do Not cut it all the way to the end. Only cut it about 7/8 of the way to the end.


Make the cuts about 1/4 or 1/2 of an inch apart, depending on how small you want your dice. Keep leaving a little bit intact on the end.


It should look like this when you are done.


From the back. See the cuts. They don't go all the way.


Then start slicing it perpendicular to your original cuts.


Like this: 


Keep going until you get to the end. Once you get to the uncut part in the back, I lay the little bit that is left down on it's side and finish it off. BUT be careful. There is now a lot more finger near the knife than there is onion.


If you are looking for recipes, you can go HERE for more.
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And now: How to cut your finger.
While trying to take photos and do a tutorial and cut an onion all at the same time, put your finger right under the knife. Duh.


Tip: When cutting the onion, be sure to keep your finger out of the way of the very sharp knife.
Do as I say, not as I do.

Do you have any tips about getting food prep done faster? 
What were your favorite blog posts from the last week?
What book should I buy with my gift card?

4 comments:

  1. I took a knife skills class and one thing we learned was how to cut an onion. I use the same technique, with one slight difference. Which I will prob show you when we cook dinner when you come visit! :)

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  2. I am so jealous of your gift card...I have been buying/renting books left and right since I got home. Anyway, my suggestions to you are: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games (I saw on my blog you were putting that one on your list, and you will love it so get the second one now). Also, The Paris Wife, I haven't read it yet, but I have heard only good things about it, and there is a wait list of over 40 people on every single library in my province for it now, so it must be good. I also just finished Left Neglected, by Lisa Genoa, which was really good, but I liked her book Still Alice a bit better. Happy reading!

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  3. I DREAM of taking a trip around the world! What an adventure! I'm definitely going to go back and read it.

    Hope your finger isn't too terribly damaged!

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Thanks for commenting! Any suggestions, tips or praise you have is always welcome!