Author Jean Morrison
French Onion Soup
This would have to be the easiest soup of all to make and extremely cheap and quick. My husband Ian is the chief French Onion Soup cook in this house now.
Whenever I eat French Onion Soup I think back to the time we went to the Epicure Restaurant here in Bunbury. Our children were much younger so this must have been well over 10 years ago. The Epicure is a training restaurant attached to our local college. Customers can eat at the restaurant but of course we all have to realize that the chefs and waiters are all trainees. We had been to the Epicure several times in the past and thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered and I tell you their service is second to none.
The children ordered French Onion Soup but my husband, Ian and I must have ordered some other soup (I forget exactly what we had). The food arrived looking lovely, as always. However, the children started complaining about their soup. Obviously it was going to be a different recipe to the one we have here at home so I knew the children would comment. I told them not to be silly and to get on with it and not make such a fuss. The complaints continued and they refused to eat it. I then tried some from their bowls and the poor kids did have a good reason to complain. Whichever student had the job of adding the sugar to the recipe had well and truly over done it. This soup was sweet and I mean really sweet. I then felt quite guilty telling Jeremy and Hayley to "get on with it". I should have trusted my children and tried their soup myself earlier.)
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Quantity: Serves 10 - 12
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6 large onions, chopped small
2 teaspoons butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pinch of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
1 shake of nutmeg
2 tablespoons plain flour
3 litres boiling water
3 teaspoons stock powder
Salt and Pepper
Place first six ingredients in a large pan and cook gently until the onion is golden in colour. It should not be brown but golden. Add the flour and stir into the onion. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Slowly add the water, then the stock powder, salt and pepper. Stir and bring back to the boil. Cook for 15 minutes.
Serves 10 - 12.
A pinch of sugar is the amount you can pick up between your thumb and first two fingers. You don't want sweet soup like the children had !!
Onions are high in energy and have good amounts of B6, B1, and Folic acid in them. They contain chemicals which fight free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals cause disease and destruction in our cells. Onions have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in them. These properties are most potent when the onion is eaten raw. Onions raise the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol and they lower the levels of the bad LDL cholesterol.
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