This week I was instructed by my very own Masterchef Mr H, to purchase some red onions on my weekly supermarket trip. Yes there are indeed penalties to pay for having one’s own gourmet chef – the eternal washing up, frequent cleaning of kitchen and dreaded supermarket run to name but three. I was however totally inspired on perusing the vegetable aisles by the fabulous colours to be found in red onions. Red ? of course they’re not red! Anything but red in reality; luscious maroon, deep exotic purple, shining magenta, white and bordeaux candy-striped centres, they’re all there to be seen depending on the light and as with so many of my favourite photographic subjects, we get to eat them afterwards in a green salad – green sets them off particularly well – or in our new healthy eating dish, smoked mackerel, with potato and red onion. It may be a workaday vegetable, but how many others can claim to be colourful, beautiful and delicious?!