Stuffed Sweet Onions, Cherry Tomato Sauce; in loving memory: Dogs

I had my first vegetable garden when I was about six years old. There was a little patch behind the garage that my mother ‘gave’ to me to grow whatever I wanted.

Even at that age I grew mainly food….

I remember planting radishes, carrots, lettuce and one row of flowers – zinnias I think.

It was not quite as wide as a single car garage and about 5 feet long….. Kid-size.

I have had vegetable gardens off and on ever since, but, until recently, I never grew onions. No particular reason why; i just never thought of it.

Then, one year our friend from Spain, the breeder of our dogs, gave us some onions that he had grown on his allotment. They were wonderful.

Mon mari immediately asked me to grow these lovely, slightly sweet Spanish onions. He even said that he would help in the potager if I did. (Yeah, right…. )

Now, every year I grow onions.

This is an easy  recipe – fresh vegetables, simply prepared… Summer at its best.

Stuffed Sweet Onions, Cherry Tomato Sauce

Total time: 55 minutes


  • 2 large slightly sweet onions
  • 2oz (60gr) Prosciutto, finely chopped, divided
  • 3 tbs pesto rosso, divided
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves

Stuffed Sweet Onion


  • Using a small spoon, take out the center of each onion
  • Combine 1 tbs Prosciutto and 1 tbs pesto rosso.
  • Divide the mixture and spoon into the onions
  • Put the onions into a small baking dish, deep enough that the onions can be covered.
  • Put the tomatoes around the onions.
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped Prosciutto over the tomatoes.
  • Dot with remaining 2 tbs pesto rosso.
  • Drizzle olive oil over all
  • Cover the dish with a lid or foil.
  • Bake, 400F (200C) 45 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a sharp knife.
  • Remove onions and place on 2 plates,
  • Spoon tomato around onions, garnish with basil and serve.

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This seemed a fitting recipe today….

Our friend died, suddenly and unexpectedly, a few days ago.

Our initial and immediate friendship was based on two things: our mutual love of golf and big dogs. We were agreed that one should not have to reach down or bend over to pet a dog.

So…. In his memory I give you a history of his dogs, including the ones that became my dogs.

1997: me with the first Duke of Wellington. He was a Pyreneen Mastiff that, along with the original Bonnie, a Landseer Newfoundland, were the founders of a rather prolific family of dogs.

Our friend kept three dogs from the first litter:

Emma, Lady Hamilton (left) and Admiral Lord Nelson (right). Emma was originally intended for me but shortly before she was born an abandoned, part Alsatian dog, Sedi, took over our household.

The second Duke of Wellington (front) with Emma again (back). The first Wellington had died shortly after the puppies were born.

Time goes on…. Our friend broke his leg playing golf and the four big dogs (Bonnie, Emma, Wellington and Nelson) were too much for him to deal with. Emma came to live with us and Nelson went up in the mountains to live with another friend.

His leg healed, he got back in good form and decided he needed more dogs. Bonnie had died and he only had Wellington.

One dog was not enough. Wellington,II became the proud father of a litter with a female from the village. He kept two from that litter: Tippy and Panda.

Emma in front, then, from left: Tippy, Panda and Wellington, II.

And on it goes…..

Below is Misty, the offspring of Tippy and another male. By this time there were cousins and second cousins and third cousins all over the mountain. Some were pets, some were guard dogs, some were sheep dogs, and so on.

Finally – my two: Bonnie in front, then Guapa followed by their brother, Ghengis, all three the offspring of Misty,

Misty disappeared into the mountains one day, leaving Ghengis, Tippy and Panda. Our friend decided to try his hand at bigger dogs.

On the right are the two Leonberger puppies: Baloo at 10 months and Misdemeanor at 3 months.

Baloo and Misdemeanor were meant to be the parents of the new dynasty.

Our friend’s son has told us that they will be. He is going to carry on the tradition. After all, he said, one of the puppies was already promised to the little girl that owns Gualli (beow, right).

Gualli is the brother of Tippy and Panda, He and his mistress have been together for eleven years –  their whole lives. She is to get one of the Leonberger puppies to carry on the tradition.

Our friend left an impressive canine legacy behind and will be sorely missed by all the people and dogs on the mountain.

He also left an impressive wine cellar behind…. I believe I’ll miss sharing a bottle of good Spanish Rosado on his terrace solving the problems of the world most.

Last update on August 4, 2017

14 thoughts on “Stuffed Sweet Onions, Cherry Tomato Sauce; in loving memory: Dogs”

  1. So, so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy to leave though.

    I love onions. Baked, grilled, sauteed, broiled, carmelized, I’ve stuffed them, mashed them, kebob’d them, made soup, puree, almost anything you can do with an onion. I’m going to definitely try your stuffing mix.

    • nightsmusic, there are dogs all over the mountains remembering him. He made a great point of playing and cuddling all of the puppies so they were all good people dogs… (as well as good sheep dogs) You need to start growing onions – easy, no work….

    • Phoenicia, if I remember right, while you all ate his lovely curry I had ‘rat’ on rice (ratatouille) I will always remember his perfectly organized freezer, all the containers the same size and neatly stacked and labeled, with enough food to last several months. He also had ‘hot rat’ – ratatouille with hot peppers.
      Very, very sad….

  2. I began reading your blog when you had Sedi and Emma – that’s how long we’ve been blog friends. I am sorry to read about your friend’s death – he, through you, taught me a valuable lesson about not lifting the lid after cooking soups or stews to keep them free of airborne germs. So his influence has reached all the way to California, at least.

    • Zoomie, he would be pleased to know that – and I always do that now when I make soups and stews. So much better than trying to cool it down in the fridge. He was one of those people that knew a lot about a lot…. and, unlike many people, he was, really, always right. (I learned to be careful in disagreements lol)

  3. Gill, it is, I expected, as I’m sure he did, too, for him to be around for at least another 10 years;…. Makes one pause – and vow to remember to be more appreciative of the present.

  4. I am very sorry indeed to hear about the loss of your wonderful dog breeding friend. I know you had lovely holidays with him and the doggies. No better legacy than those beautiful animals !!

    • kate, thanks – he was the best person in the world to have a good argument with…. Good meaning logical and calm and educational for all. I’m going to miss that.

  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Katie. A beautiful legacy he did leave and it sounds like many wonderful memories of your friendship too. All the best.

  6. So sorry for your loss. I have always enjoyed your posts about the visits to his place. He sounds like he had a heart as large as his dogs!!!!!

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