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Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Six weeks since I lasted posted on my blog! - how did that happen? 
We did have a couple of weeks in France which was really lovely and very relaxing.  Lots of wine, good food, sun and sea does make for a good holiday.  It was straight back into real life once we got back with the kids back at school.  Kirsty, my youngest started 'big school' which was so exciting for her but much harder for me.  I do miss having her around the house but she is so happy at school and her brother is loving his role as big brother and all round protector.  On top of the kids being at school all day, my hubby was away on a business trip so the house was exceptionally quiet.  On the plus side, the house was also exceptionally clean, tidy and organised which is probably the first time that has happened in the last 7 years. 
To save me having to cook every night while my hubby was away, I made up a big pot of this lovely, rich French onion soup with onions and garlic all the way from France. 
 Curled up on the couch, bowl of soup in hand, pile of recipe books at the ready and just peace and quiet -
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 small bowls or 2 very generous bowls
  • 2 tblsps olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • 5 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • sprig of thyme
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 2 tblsps balsamic vinegar
  • 250ml red wine
  • 1 French baguette
  • 250g Gruyere cheese, grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Melt the olive oil and butter together in a large pot.
  2. When hot, add the sliced onions and cook on a high heat until just starting to brown.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 25 minutes or until the bottom of the pan and the onions are nice and brown.
  4. Add the chopped garlic and thyme leaves for the last 5 minutes.
  5. Add the beef stock, vinegar and red wine, stirring well to remove all the sediment from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Bring back to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a further 20 minutes.
  7. Season to taste.
  8. Just before serving: slice the baguette into 1cm slices and brush lightly with olive oil on both sides.
  9. Toast both sides under the grill.
  10. Top one side with grated cheese and place under the grill again to melt the cheese.
  11. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and place the cheesy toast on the top.
  12. Serve immediately.  

Written by : Angela Darroch

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At 24 September 2013 at 04:13 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

This looks gorgeous, my son wash just asking if I could make French Onion Soup the other day, so now I know which recipe I'll be using:-) Thanks for posting and I've missed you!

At 24 September 2013 at 20:34 , Blogger Zoe said...

Hi Angela,

You must be feeling strange with the unusual peace and quiet that you are getting when all your kids disappear to school :p I would. My son is going to school next year but life is still usual for me going to work... When am I getting your peace and quiet??? I wish :p

Enjoy your onion soup with loud slurps!!!


At 24 September 2013 at 21:18 , Blogger Unknown said...

Sounds like such a lovely holiday! I love your French Onion soup... with that crusty bread.

At 24 September 2013 at 23:13 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

I'm groaning here looking at this very inviting soup.It is perfect for a colder evening indoors. It takes some beating and good on you for indulging yourself during the quieter periods. You deserve it :-)

At 25 September 2013 at 00:16 , Blogger Elizabeth said...

This soup sounds heavenly, as does your holiday in France. I've never been (I've never really been on a proper holiday in my life either!). One day! This soup looks perfect for these cold, dark Autumn evenings. Nice to see you back blogging! :)

At 25 September 2013 at 04:35 , Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

A classic! The soup looks fantastic!

At 27 September 2013 at 07:26 , Blogger underthebluegumtree said...

Welcome back! I was thinking of making French Onion soup the other day so I am pinning your recipe to try. It looks delicious.

At 27 September 2013 at 08:29 , Blogger kitchen flavours said...

Such a lovely and delicious bowl of soup!

At 5 October 2013 at 19:24 , Anonymous Suzanne Perazzini said...

I am sure that was a lovely trip to France. How fantastic that your daughter is loving big school. You can't ask for more.

At 8 October 2013 at 10:01 , Anonymous anna @ annamayeveryday said...

How lovely, a tidy house, peace and quiet, and French onion soup - perfect!


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