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‘S wonionderful! ‘S marvelous!

'S wonionderful! 'S marvelous! A recipe for marinated red onions inspired by the Gershwin song, 'S Wonderful!

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‘S Wonderful is a popular Gershwin song that first appeared in Funny Face, which opened on Broadway in 1927. It has been recorded by many artists since then including Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Judy Garland, and of course Rod Stewart. Oh OK, Frank Sinatra recorded it too. What a surprise.

The song also appeared in An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly, and the 1957 movie of Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. However, the song reached the pinnacle of its success when it appeared in the Muppet show (it’s a fabulous sketch – do watch it!). You know you’ve made it when…

‘S wonionderful! ‘S marvelous!
(That you should cook for me!
‘S awful nice! ‘S paradise!
‘S what I love to eat!

… you’ve been punified by the Life is Cabernet Team? What else?!?

So these red onions have been marinated in some wonderful herbs like oregano and thyme. You need to briefly boil them first to soften them up – and it will appear that much of the color has drained out of them. But do not fear! After marinating overnight, they will turn bright magenta!

'S wonionderful! 'S marvelous! A recipe for marinated red onions inspired by the Gershwin song, 'S Wonderful!

Serve them over steak, fish, or chicken, or you could add them to salads, sandwiches, or wraps!

Arranging them in a heart shape is optional.

Yield: 8

‘S Wonionderful

‘S Wonionderful


  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced
  • ¾ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Place the sliced onion in a saucepan, cover in water, and bring to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes, then drain and let cool.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir well.
  3. Place the cooked onions in a container (mason jar or similar), and pour the vinegar mixture over the onions.
  4. Leave to marinate overnight.
  5. Store in the fridge.
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