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Dont be fooled by my grandiloquence
look past the words to find my substance

Past my skin if you shall pry
my prominent brother will make you cry

I am almost shallow but dont confuse
Utilise my extract to infuse

Your boiling, frying if allotment you find
Contain your grief, compose and grind

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    $\begingroup$ If someone can post an answer which fits every clue, and is different to one I have announced as the correct answer. I'll comply and delete this as it would be in the majorities opinion be off topic. That should be the standard of the riddles on this site no? $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Nov 20 '14 at 15:40
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Shallot.

Explanation:

Dont be fooled by my grandiloquence
look past the words to find my substance

Just distraction? "Look past the words" meaning the words in these two lines?

Past my skin if you shall pry
my prominent brother will make you cry

"My prominent brother" is the onion. You cry if you open a shallot or onion.

I am almost shallow but dont confuse
Utilise my extract to infuse

"Almost shallow" is a nice bit of wordplay: 'shallot' and 'shallow' are only one letter different. Not sure about the next line: can shallot extract be used for something?

Your boiling, frying if allotment you find
Contain your grief, compose and grind

You can boil or fry shallots, or grow them in an allotment (which is another bit of wordplay: 'shallot' and 'allotment'). If you can stop crying after peeling a shallot, you can then grind it.

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    $\begingroup$ not even 2 minutes give that man a sandwich! $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Nov 18 '14 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Oblongamous - Not an onion sandwich, please :-) I was almost sure just from the 3rd and 4th lines, and the 5th clinched it. (I'll delete this comment if you think it gives away too much.) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 18 '14 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ fair enough no its ok im trying to move away from metaphoric riddles and use wordplay also. Here it seems you had eyes of a hawk :D $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Nov 18 '14 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Oblongamous - Great, I'll look out for your next riddle - I love wordplay! It really annoys my friends sometimes :-p $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 18 '14 at 15:59

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