This Is The Ultimate Way To Prepare Onions

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Read this post to revolutionise the way you cook dinner. This will save you some serious time.

Here's how one woman made short work of onions. It all started with that ubiquitous and time-consuming recipe directive: First, caramelise an onion...

By 'one woman', I do, of course, mean me. And by 'caramelise an onion' I mean that thing I seem to have to do at the beginning of every home-cooked main meal or soup. Is there any savoury dish that doesn't benefit from the initial frying of an onion?

Unfortunately, peeling, chopping and carefully browning an onion takes time. It can add at least 15 minutes to the start of any cooking process. That could sometimes be enough to put me off cooking from scratch, especially if I was in a rush. Until now.

Flapjacks - Plant-based, vegan, oil recipe

vegan flapjacks
Why wouldn't a flapjack be vegan?

I was recently in a cafe asking for vegan options and they (rather lamely, I'm afraid to say) told me that they had sold out of vegan biscuits. They'd had some in but they'd sold out. They never knew how many vegan things to order, they said. Shrug. What's a cafe to do?!*
*A cafe can sell 'mainstream' food that just happens to be vegan. Win:win.

But they were selling flapjacks. Flapjacks that could so easily have been plant-based.

You don't have to use (relatively expensive) butter to make flapjacks. Oil is more economical and works perfectly fine.

vegan flapjacks

Nobody would know the difference. These flapjacks are as delicious as any buttery ones I've ever tasted. It's not as if vegans require a separate, segregated menu. A flapjack that pleases one person will please another, provided you haven't gone and stuck unnecessary dairy products in it.

vegan flapjacks

And oil is so easy to use: it's already liquid. There's no pesky melting (and trying not to boil or burn) the sugar and butter. It's just vegetable oil and syrup. Couldn't be easier. Or cheaper, come to that.

vegan flapjacks

Simply combine:
  • 120ml (that's about 105g) vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp syrup (and or treacle)
  • 350g oats (and or seeds, nuts, fruit etc)
Press the mixture into a baking tray and bake at about 200oC for about 30 minutes, or until nicely golden-brown. Don't forget to cut them into pieces when they first come out of the oven, otherwise the mixture will harden as it cools and be impossible to slice. Then again, can you imagine one large flapjack...?!

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