Sunday, July 1, 2012

Food and a give-away!

To celebrate 'Mourning Jack' being released in paperback, I thought it would be fun to indulge in the food porn side of the story. Ade, the narrator, is a chef and he does a fair bit of cooking during the course of the book. So, this week, I'll be posting one of Ade's recipes every day. Then, on Friday, you can vote on which dish you'd love to eat or make and give your reason why you'd like to try that dish. On Saturday I'll choose a winner who can pick either a PDF of 'Mourning Jack' or a signed print copy.

Today's recipe is Ade's French Onion Soup. It's dead easy to make and it's not pricey. A great lunch for a cold rainy day.

3 medium or 2 large onions, quartered, then cut into thin slices.
1 small leek, finely chopped.
1 tablespoon flour
2 beef stock cubes
Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
salt and pepper

French bread
Grated cheese

Saute the onions and leek in butter and olive oil until soft and transparent.
Stir in flour and cook for one minute.
Stir in a kettle and a  half of boiling water.
Crumble in stock cubes, stir until cubes dissolved.
Add Worcestershire sauce to taste (some like loads, some don't)
Salt and pepper.

Simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Prior to serving, toast one side of bread under grill. Turn over, sprinkle with grated cheese.
When cheese melted and bubbling. Spoon soup into bowls, add the toast to each bowl.

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  1. I haven't had French Onion Soup in years, but this makes me want to try it.

    Maybe when it's not 90 degrees out, though. :P

  2. You know your books always make me hungry, right? Seriously. I'll have to try this some time. I'm a big fan of cheap and easy.

    By the way, I love, love, love the new blog layout. Gorgeous. :D

  3. Last time I had French Onion Soup, I was about 6 years old. I'm definitely going to try this!

  4. Off to France this week so I'll try it then!

  5. I had French Onion Soup about 2 weeks at a restaurant and it was delicious! When I make it at home? Not so much!

  6. My husband is a serious French Onion soup connoisseur. I will definitely have to pass this along to him. :)

    Seconding Alex on the new layout: I love it!