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“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!

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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.

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How the blog started 

I originally created “Don’t Burn The Onions” as a private blog for my daughters when they first left home for university and wanted to cook their favorite family recipes (hence the name!) I have always enjoyed cooking and grew up in a typical Mediterranean family where life revolved around food. I was hoping that having easy access to the recipes would help them to  continue eating well and not fall into the junk food trap. 

How the blog evolved into its present form 

I decided to make the blog public when I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and learnt that I could help ease my symptoms by eating “in a more Mediterranean way.”  I researched what this meant in “medical” terms as my heritage and cooking roots are Mediterranean, so I knew that there had to be more to it than simply eating more pasta.

I learnt about the many benefits of following a Mediterranean style diet and felt lucky that I could draw on my personal knowledge and experiences to tweak my own everyday diet. After only a few months of sticking to my new regime, my symptoms improved and I continued to feel better without the need for any medication.  It was this positive experience which made me decide to share my blog and recipes.

Mini biog

After initially reading for a degree in French, I combined my passion for languages, travel and food by training in Hotel Management where I learnt Classical French cookery.  I later became a hotel management consultant and have also worked as a university lecturer and writer.  My work enabled me to travel extensively and widen my horizons with regards to different foods, traditions and cultures. I am currently based in the UK but my heart and cooking soul will always remain Mediterranean and I look forward to the day when I can permanently return to my roots. 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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