Recipe for a rainy day

27 Feb

It rained the whole day today. Not a ray of sunshine peeped through the clouds, and the air was chilly and unfriendly. We all stayed home and I made some French Onion Soup for a late lunch. It took a little more than two hours, but it was worth the wait.

The recipe calls for shredded Gruyere cheese, but I had to make do with locally made mozzarella, though here it is called ‘cheddar’ . Pakistani cheese is not very good, but I found one that is all right for cooking. I used red onions because other varieties are not readily available here, but I liked their intense flavor.

28 February 2007 ~ What are your favorite things to eat on a rainy day? I like to collect recipes and try new things, so drop me a line if you care to share!

1/2 cup (125 g) unsalted butter

4 large onions, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

Salt & fresh pepper, ground

5 cups (1.25 l) beef stock

bay leaves

1/2 lb (250 g) Gruyere or other Swiss cheese, shredded

4-6 slices of French bread, toasted

Melt butter over low heat. Add onions and garlic and salt to taste. Stir to coat well, cover and cook until soft, about 30 minutes.

Uncover the pan, raise the heat and cook, stirring often, until the onions are golden brown, about one hour. Be careful they don’t burn. Add beef stock and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes (or more if you have time).

Season with salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaves and transfer the soup to broiler-proof serving bowls. Place the bread slices on top and sprinkle the cheese.  Broil for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is golden and it bubbles nicely. Serve right away.


2 Responses to “Recipe for a rainy day”

  1. SusieJ March 1, 2007 at 7:00 pm #

    We’re having a rainy day too, and the kids are sick. But here’s my yummy, comfort, quick meal. However, you have to have a bag of frozen cheese tortellini or ravioli in your freezer.

    1 package Frozen cheese tortellini or ravioli
    1 tsp. Butter
    2 tblsp. Olive Oil Raisins
    1 cup Walnuts
    1 cup raisins

    Cook pasta in salted water on stove top. While that’s cooking, melt some butter and olive oil in a saute pan.
    Add raisins and walnuts. Saute until the raisins plump up. Add a pinch of salt. When the pasta of your choice is done, drain, and pour pasta into saute pan and let it brown a tad with the raisins.
    VERY, good.

  2. lvmg March 2, 2007 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks, Susie. It sounds very good, and pasta is a great favorite at our house. I’ll have to try this. I wonder if the taste is rather sweet.

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