I have struggled with some things in my life, but I never thought that one of the things that I would struggle the most with would fit in the palm of my hand. Oh my gosh it has made me cry uncontrollably.
What have I been doing these past two weeks you might ask? Well, between learning how to properly butcher a chicken (as opposed to a horse), eating up to 15 different dishes in one lunch sitting and meeting a 94 year old Chinese woman (Cecilia Chiang) who is considered food royalty in San Francisco, I can tell you, I have been busy with food.
Kiss that bikini body good bye because this girl is eating while it’s hot!
I hate cutting onions. My eyes can’t take it. A couple of days ago I had to chop a few onions and I swear that I did it wearing sunglasses even though I was indoors. I thought any type of shield would protect me a little.
The process of dicing onions is meticulous but had to be done fast. My knife movements don’t come naturally yet; I have to think about every move I make. I need to be precise, I need to be even and most importantly I need to not cut off one of my fingers with my 10-inch French knife.
A small dice, also known as macédoine, is a knife cut measuring 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch.
I’m not sure if I have shared with you before that I am in the process of opening up a small restaurant in San Francisco. I will cook and sell one thing and one thing only. Interestingly enough, that food item does not have onions as an ingredient in it. So why am I torturing myself chopping onions you may ask? And my answer to that is the same reason why in college you have to take calculus.
After a great deal of onion chopping my eyes were sore. However, the end result of my dedicated work came out looking… quite beautiful. I used to cut an onion…Now I dice it
“Sofia, wow! What an impressive presentation. You should
be ready proud of the first assessment Small Onion Dice. My one comment
would be the knife cutting all the way thru the red onion. That cut
should only go to the stem.” – Chef John
The stem helps to hold the layers of the onion together, making it easier to dice the onion evenly.
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