In honor of my wedding anniversary this month, I would like to share some thing* that I have learned from my husband.
Properly cooking onions takes patience.
I can be the worst at cooking and browning onions. I get impatient that they aren’t cooking fast enough, so I turn up the heat, and inevitably they start to burn. But my husband makes delicious, perfectly browned onions almost every single time. The trick?
You can’t rush the onions, just like you shouldn’t crowd the mushrooms. (Thank Julia!) Onions require a lot of time, at a lowish heat in order to soften, and brown properly. If you try and cook them too fast at too high a heat, they burn. Not enough time at a lower heat, and they are still too crunchy. You have to be willing to let them take their time; otherwise you’re missing out on the wonderfulness of fried onions.
But patience does not only apply to onions. Patience is not something that comes naturally to me most of the time, you see, I’m always in a rush. My husband is generally the opposite, and the longer we have been together the more I have learned to take my time. Granted, I have a long way to go in becoming truly patient, but I am taking baby steps. For me, I have noticed that being patient means less stress, more time to spend enjoying something, and it creates greater enjoyment in life. When I am not rushing around like a crazy fool, I find that I am happier and more satisfied when I am patient. Yes, it may not mean instant gratification, but I think that happiness tops that any day.
*Please know that this is not the only thing that I have learned from him.