Today hasn’t been the nicest of days here, misty, windy, cold, foggy, all in the space of a few hours. The daffodils are starting to bloom, and I am looking forward to March and the promise of better weather! I thought to myself, what can I make to warm me up…and immediately thought of my favourite soup, which I haven’t made for ages – French Onion Soup. The whole thing takes about an hour, but the finished product is well worth the reward – I have tasted it and it’s delicious. Now why haven’t I made it for so long?
Firstly, I had to chop up four onions, the recipe called for six, but four was all I had, after drying my eyes, and heating the olive oil in a saucepan, these had to be fried gently for about 10 minutes, taking care that they didn’t burn.
Then I added a teaspoon of sugar and some salt to help with the caramelisation and browning, and stirred, and stirred…careful they don’t stick to the bottom. There seemed to be so little onions left at this stage! They are getting browner though, and soon it was time to add in some chopped garlic, cook for another minute, and then add some dry white wine, thyme, bay leaf and about a litre and a half of stock.
Then put the lid on and simmer very gently for another 10 or 15 minutes, and voila! It tastes delicious and is a great reward for the waiting, and waiting, with a rumbling tummy.
Here is a link to the recipe I used.
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