I wonder why the treehugger types haven't started an anti-bonsai
movement, the way the animal rights folks (so effectively) have
campaigned against fur.
Exploitation for decoration, same issue, right? Animals raised for
fur are tormented for a few years, at most. There are records of
bonsai being tortured for *centuries!* Free the trees!
And bonsai trees can't even efficiently warm you in subzero
And now, for an extended mix rant about Trader joe's "mirepoix".
You're only obligated to read it if you claim "cooking"
as something you're good at....
For those of you less culinarily inclined, (but still reading)
'mirepoix' is a technical French culinary term, referring to the
preparation of a mixture of carrot, celery, & onions that is
the foundation for a wide variety of soups, sauces, stews,
stuffings, and so forth.
Like most things traditionally French & culinary, it refers to
something very specific: small diced onions, carrots, & celery,
in a ratio of 2:1:1. Aka half onions, a quarter celery a quarter
Frequently, older recipes will call for mirepoix and just expect
you to know what they mean.
It is a massive, time-consuming pain to cut by hand, and doing it
in a food processor just makes a mess, usually.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I was at Trader Joes one
Thanksgiving, and I saw "mirepoix" on the shelves. Oh frabjous day,
callooo callay! I get it home, and actually look at it...and it's
equal parts onion, carrots & celery. Not mirepoix at all.
If at this point you're like, "whatever, bitch, it's precut, it's
the right three veggies, where's the problem?" you can just keep on
clicking through to the next prospect, kthxbai.
So, I grab an onion and dice it, to bring the proportions, and
hence, the flavor balance, into proper alignment. I'm still pretty
pleased with not having to deal with dicing nearly as much veg, and
I proceed to my next turkey day task.
However, the next time I was at TJ's I went and talked to the
manager to explain my concern about their (so easily correctable,
damnit!) error. Eventually he understood that there was a problem
and even what it was, and he agreed to pass it up the line.
The problem is this: if you call it mirepoix, it should *be*
mirepoix and 2:1:1. If you pack it 1:1:1 don't call it mirepoix.
Easy! Apparently not.
It's been *years* now that this has bugged me. I've sent several
emails. I've dug up postage and a stamp and physically sent a
letter to corporate explaining the problem, pointing out the
potential economic benefit that correcting it would be for
You see, onions are both cheaper than carrots or celery and can be
stored outside of refrigeration. They could save tens of thousands
of dollars on the cost of production of this one item during the
holiday season alone! By *improving* its quality and reliability,
without changing packaging or procedure in any way. Or at least
they could change the freaking name, so it's not
Nothing. No response. No change. For *years.* Every time I see (and
use, because it's still easier than doing it all manually) it, it's
like fingernails across the blackboard of my soul.
Hey, they asked what you spend a lot of time thinking about, ok?
Obviously this is such a thing.