Of Sweet Onion Jam and Patriarchal Hegemony

What, you may justifiably wonder, does onion jam have to do with the patriarchal hegemony? Nothing, of course. Unless, you count yourself as a member of my mad menagerie. Still, if you’re looking for some delicious comfort food that’s out of the ordinary, and willing to pay a paltry remuneration by nodding sympathetically through my maternal musings, Read On!

Comfort Food for my Feminist

Comfort Food for my Feminist

Like any self-respecting feminist, I yearned for my pragmatic teenage daughter to espouse the cause. More women in STEM! Independence! Equity! So when she won a merit scholarship at one of the Seven Sisters colleges, I exerted my not-inconsiderable persuasive powers to get her there. Four years later, she’s back, with a degree in neuroscience but somewhat bruised around the edges. Well, the college website did say heady and nervy, and that’s what we got. After looking up the patriarchal hegemony on Wikipedia, and nodding every time she said, That’s so hetero-normative, I sought a meeting of the minds in the old standby of comfort food. This being the child who asked for caramelized onions as pizza topping and used words like ramekin and macerate in her vocabulary, I turned to a French recipe for onion marmalade. The first time we made it, we dutifully converted the metric measures to American. Too bad we didn’t follow them. Since then, we’ve confirmed by innumerable replications (p <0.005) that it always tastes delicious.

You need large, sweet onions. Lots of them.

Start with large, sweet onions. Lots of them.

Slice them thinly. Or not. They'll all melt together anyway.

Slice them thinly. Or not. They’ll all melt together anyway.

In a quarter cup of olive oil, saute sliced onions, initially on medium high heat until they come together en masse.

In a quarter cup of olive oil, saute sliced onions on medium heat until they come together en masse. Then turn the heat down to low and leave them alone.

  • After the onions have been cooking for a long time on low heat, they get nice and caramelized. How long? An hour. Or two. As long as your patience. Then you may bring out the wine! Add about a cup of good red wine. To the onions! Okay, you may also have a fortifying glass. Or two. Continue to cook the onions until the wine evaporates. I usually turn the heat up first until it bubbles merrily, then turn it back down. Then add sugar. I think about a third of a cup. Actually, we just shake some out of the sugar canister.
Wine the onions!

Wine the onions!

  • Eventually, the onions coalesce into one darkly rich, sweet and tart jammy concoction.
Onion Jam

Onion Jam

  • A little bit of olive oil oozes out the edges. Mix it in before spreading.
Dark, rich and satisfyingly sweet.

Dark, rich and satisfyingly sweet.

  • It tastes great spread on toasted bread, topping off some goat cheese. Or Brie. Or cream cheese.
Onion Jam on Goat Cheese

Onion Jam on Goat Cheese

  • I served it with a side of baked penne, tossed with roasted vegetables in a creamy sauce and topped with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes.
Pasta and potato casserole

Pasta and potato casserole

A medley of vegetables tossed with penne in a creamy sauce.

A medley of vegetables tossed with penne in a creamy sauce.

Top with sliced, partly boiled potatoes. Dot with butter and sprinkle your favorite melting cheese.

Top with sliced, partly boiled potatoes. Dot with butter and sprinkle your favorite melting cheese.

Comfort food for the collegiate.

Comfort food for the collegiate.

The Womyn Child. Hopefully contemplating a viable future.

The Womyn Child. Hopefully contemplating a viable future.

Stormy seas off Nassau Island

Stormy seas off Nassau Island

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5 Responses to Of Sweet Onion Jam and Patriarchal Hegemony

  1. Ahhh food can heal all the traumas inflicted by our cruel world! Amusing read, thank you, and here’s to sisterhood 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    A meal like that may turn her thinking towards yours. Your timing on how you made your onion jam is perfect. I just had some at a restaurant topping duck arancini that made them so good. Now I know how they prepare it…thank you.

    • Karen, I’m so pleased you stopped by! It’s been a long break from blogging so I’m happy to hear from you. I bet you would add a creative twist to the recipe.

      • Karen says:

        I don’t know if I could create a better dish than this. I was happy to see your post and hope you will be sharing more of your recipes. I enjoy the delicious meals that you create that I have never tried. I also love your sense of humor that comes through in your posts and hope that your daughter has some of it as well…it is so important in life.

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