“Don’t Burn The Onions” is a collection of traditional and modern Mediterranean recipes, cooking tips and articles.  Illustrated by lots of original photos, commentary and anecdotes, the inspiration for this website comes from the zest for food which characterises the Mediterranean, also renowned for its healthy diet.
If you want to learn how to cook healthy, inexpensive meals from scratch or to find out why the Mediterranean Diet is recommended by doctors and dieticians worldwide, this website is a great place to start.  I hope it will show you that healthy eating does not have to be bland or boring. And that Mediterranean cooking is vibrant, colourful and full of tantalising flavours to tickle even the tiredest taste bud!


Recipes are organised into two sections, based on how quickly you want to eat.  If you’re in a hurry, Meals in Minutes (in Cooking Without Tears) uses mainly photos to enable you to whiz through the simple prep to plate tutorials. The main Recipes section provides  more detailed cooking instructions and information including an indication of skills required using a chef’s hat symbol starting with one hat for beginners to three hats for more confident cooks.
The Glossary provides a handy guide to Mediterranean ingredients mentioned in the recipes. To learn or improve your skills, Tips and Techniques (in Cooking Without Tears) contains clear  “How To” photo-guides which teach the skills and shortcuts used by professionals.

lentilsI created “Don’t Burn The Onions” in response to the growing awareness of the role that food plays on our health and general wellbeing.  My initial degree in French, knowledge of Spanish and Italian and love of good food and travel influenced my choice of a career in Hotel management, where I trained in classic French cuisine. A move into consultancy and journalism  gave me the opportunity to widen my horizons by working in many countries, deepening my interests and forging links with some great food producers, hoteliers and restaurateurs.olive If you’ve read this far, thank you and welcome to my website! I hope you’ll enjoy it and discover the pleasures and benefits of cooking and eating the Mediterranean way!

Suzette McDaniel


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