Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Kitchen Miracles, The Brown Onion

This post is a bit different, for the last couple of months my family has been fighting a few health issues so I have been making weekly visits and stays at the hospital.  I have found it a bit difficult to focus on various recipes hence this post about miracles that can be found in the kitchen.  Last week I featured Thyme,so this will mark the start of a regular series 'Kitchen Miracles'.

The Turks maybe more than my own culture seem to utilise natural remedies regularly.  There is one man I like, he is a Professor and he appears on alot of the various daytime tv programs.  His name is Prof. Saracoglu and he has researched natural cures using herbs and foods that are found locally in Turkey.

One very interesting item is the Brown Onion.  He says that if you boil it for 5 minutes and drink the water before lunch and dinner for 15 days that it can do amazing things.  It will increase your egg count for those that are finding it hard to conceive, it is very good for those with prostrate problems, going through the hot flashes with menopause? drink this onion drink and your symtoms are said to reduce.   Overian cysts can be helped, painful periods, heavy periods, is good for loosing weight, for those with chronic acne or anyone with a femine discharge issue, Swollen hands-feet-legs-stomach are all said to be able to helped by drinking this miracle liquid.

If that has struck a chord with anyone and you want to know how to do it, its easy.  Take a medium sized brown onion and peel it, cut it into quaters and boil for 5 minutes in a saucepan(with the lid closed)in 300ml of water.  You can drink this tepid or cool.  Drink 2 times a day, 10 minutes before both lunch and dinner.  Do this for only 15 days then take a break of 10 days before repeating.

Important note: Only use brown onions, not red or white etc

Here is a soup recipe using brown onions that I made for my daughter as her favourite food is soup and she has had a long stint of bronchitis.  Onions are supposed to be fantastic for any lung infections, asthma and respitory conditions.

Onion Soup

8 large onions
500gr chicken bones

I took the chicken bones and cooked in my pressure cooker for 1 hour.  Take out the bones and strain.  Slice the onions and put into the chicken stock.  Cook in a pressure cooker for 40 minutes.  Add salt to taste.

Add more water if necessary, I added probably about another litre as the stock cooked for such along time.  Use a hand blender (immersion blender) and pulse it through the soup at the end.

This is such a delicous, light soup that it will be a regular at our house from now on.


  1. This is a lovely post Simcha, and really informative. I never knew the humble onion could do us so much good. I'm going to give this a try because we always have onions in our vegetable trays.
    Hope your daughter is feeling better soon.

  2. Thanks for the wishes Julia, it has been a worry since it has gone on for about 9 weeks now. We are big onion eaters here anyway but its good to realise that what you are eating can do you some good at the same time.

  3. I love onion soup, the onions have such a lovely natural sweetness too. Hope she gets well soon.

  4. Your poor girl! Give her big hugs and keep that wonderful soup coming! ;)

    We have one of those "secrets to health" sort of tv doctors over here in the states too, his name is Dr. Oz - he's a Turk! :)

  5. Dr Oz family lives in Istanbul so Ive heard and he is pretty good too.