It’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with all things French. Since travelling there a few years ago, it has been an ongoing love affair. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I left a small piece of my heart on the Seine. I love the effortless elegance of French styling and their air of confidence. That’s before mentioning their deep patriotism and love for their culture – understandable, considering the richness of the culture itself. I love that they treat time with a careful carelessness. Time is precious – so they linger in a cafe just because that is where they will get the most value.
But perhaps more than anything else, I love the way that they eat. In fact, the French eat in a way that I envy. I simply love this article about food rules we can learn from the French. They eat a little less to enjoy their food a little more. They use real ingredients and take their time to enjoy everything in moderation.
This French Onion Soup takes time to make and should be slowly savoured. By rushing the process, you will miss the depth of the flavours that shine through. The recipe may be simple but the result is sweet, rich and indulgent. And as Winter settles in here, it’s the ultimate comfort food.
- 2 tbls olive oil
- 6 onions, chopped roughly
- 2 tbls honey
- 1 litre good quality stock (your choice)
- 500ml water
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat until bubbling. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and thyme. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft, and add the honey.
- Turn the heat down to low and continue to stir every so often until the onion turns a lovely dark caramel colour. This can take around 20-30 minutes, but is an extremely important step towards achieving a lovely depth of flavour. If the onion starts to stick, add a little water.
- Add the stock, 2 cups of water, and a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer for a further 35-45 minutes or until the soup has reduced by half.
- Serve with a dollop of cream if desired, and some extra black pepper.
Paris is truly one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Whether you love it or hate it, you will be impacted by it. I’m not sure whether it is the rich culture, architecture, history or the people, but to this day I still dream of getting completely lost in the city.
Where is your favourite place you have travelled to? What cultures have you been impacted by? I would love for you to share in the comments below.