September 9, 2007 § 5 Comments

Three things I think everyone should know how to do:

1) Chop an onion. There’s only one proper method, and it’s easy. Stop hacking at that poor fellow!

2) Tell a ghost story. One with local flavor is good, but any classic well-told makes for a pleasant evening.

3) Stop a serious wound from bleeding.
a. Grab anything absorbent
b. Apply pressure, and lots of it
c. Don’t peek!


Three Illuminating Women’s Issues Stories from China

Doctors in China discover 26 sewing needles embedded in the body of a 31-year-old woman. They suspect the needles were inserted by the woman’s disappointed grandparents when she was just days old.

China’s gender imbalance has reached critical mass, and the government is finally, FINALLY acting.

Senior Chinese government official Pang Jiayu is kicked out of the Communist Party after eleven of his mistresses denounce him. Their husbands were his underlings who coerced their wives to perform sexual favors in return for promotion. Several of their husbands have been executed for crimes that can be traced directly back to Pang.


Holy crap, there’s a lot to do around here! I’m just waiting for a few final emails, then I’ll post my completed list.

§ 5 Responses to Six

  • I agree there’s only one proper way to chop an onion.

    Which way do you do it?

  • Tena Russ says:

    Hi Kristina,

    I just dropped by to say hi and found my blog name on your Writers’ Circle. What a nice surprise! Thank you. I will reciprocate.

    As for technique for chopping onions, I bet Steve knows. Check out his hysterical and scary food post:

    My mother said that holding a kitchen match between your teeth while chopping onions would keep you from crying. But then, a lot of her advice was bogus. (Sorry, Mom.)


  • Tena Russ says:

    PS My previous comment showed up with a lot of white space. Don’t know why.

  • kristina says:

    Hi Stephen, I use the Jacques Pepin method:

    1. First cut it in half through the root.

    2. Place one of the halves flat side down and- holding your fingers and knife properly – cut vertical slices from one end to the other, up to, but not through, the root end.

    3. The knife does not go in a straight down motion while cutting, but rather in a down and back motion at the same time.

    4. Holding the knife flat, cut 3 or 4 horizontal slices from top to bottom, again just up to the root end.

    5. Finally, cut across the onion, to dice it. (If the dice is not fine enough, chop some more with a large knife.)

    I was shocked— shocked!— when I discovered Richard didn’t know how to do this in June. (I’m still shaking my head in disbelief. Right now.)

    Tena— thanks for dropping by, and thanks for the link. Both comments showed up fine, no worries.

  • Gankaku says:

    Yeah, well… didn’t he dice that onion perfectly last night with such grace and gallic elan? Methinks even Jacques would have been impressed.

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