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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, October 9

Onion respect zone


Hi, all!

Let’s start things off with a picture of a dog.

Ramble of the Day

Not very long ago, I realized people didn’t talk much about onions. It’s not a big deal — silent appreciation is just as good as vocal appreciation. I’m not thrilled to admit that I needed a reminder that some people don’t like onions, but I must be firm: don’t disrespect onions, please. (Please note that this argument does not apply to anyone whose health doesn’t mix with onions.)

I’m well aware of the onion’s most well-known cost: stinky breath. Thankfully, gum and mints exist, and truly, the good outweighs the bad significantly. Onions remain a uniquely flavored vegetable, adding a bit of complexity to any food item it is a part of.

Raw, it provides crunch and some bitterness that works well in certain contexts. My mind quickly goes to a chicken gyro I’ve enjoyed; it combines so well with the pita and tzatziki. Caramelized, it goes sweet and can easily be shoved into something like a burger or a quesadilla, adding a different type of flavor dimension. I doubt anyone would argue that they’re not great fried, too (considering so many things taste great fried).

The onion’s uniqueness is also courtesy of its flexibility, and its ability to find itself in any cuisine and accompany many vegetables and flavors. It’s a truly reliable vegetable, definitely more than most, if not all.

It’s a shame that, sometimes, it is only remembered for its one flaw, particularly when the flaw can be reversed. (I know one mint cannot cancel out a lot of onion, but no one ever really needs a lot; a little goes a long way.) Onions are as versatile as one could ask for in a simple ingredient. It has earned silent, if not vocal, respect.

tl;dr: I really like onions, and you should, too.

Links of the Day

Houston Dash midfielder Sofia Huerta was groped after a friendly against Tigres.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired after an 18 year career.

David Squires focuses on the Premier League managers under pressure in his latest cartoon.

Today’s longer read: Henry Bushnell on the end of Jill Ellis’s reign as the U.S. women’s national team’s head coach and the legacy she leaves for Yahoo