Friday, December 08, 2006

cold weather = soup time

Tuesday's project with Ben was Polish Potato Soup. We left out the meat because of Vegetarian Boy. It was met with rave reviews by the starving masses rest of the family and a chef was born. The potato soup called for an onion: red, white or yellow. This led to a discussion about onions and an addition to our shopping list--"one red onion for Ben." GranDee was going to the store and brought one home so Wednesday morning Ben asked to make another soup.

A look through the cookbook led us to french onion soup, a la Ben. Red and yellow onions and a vegetable broth so that we don't have to make a second pot for Jake.

Unusual request of the day: "Mommy! Take a picture of me with my onion."

We both ran from the kitchen, clutching our eyes, when cutting the onions.

Nothing says lovin' like a stick of butter melting in the pot.Hours later...

A delicious baguette brought home by Billiam was sliced up and toasted then topped with freshly grated parmesan on top. Perfection.

Sorry, no photo of it all put was time to eat!

French onion soup, a la Ben

4 cups of sliced onions, red and yellow
1 stick of butter
60 ounces of vegetable stock or 60 ounces of water plus 7-8 veggie bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon salt
slices of baguette, toasted
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Slice up the onions. Admire their colors. Run from the kitchen, screaming that your eyes are on fire. Take Mommy with you. Her eyes are on fire, too.

Go back to kitchen and hang back a bit as Mommy finishes slicing the onions.

Melt the butter in a heavy, large soup pot.

Toss in the onions and saute over medium low heat until translucent and soft. Stir them now and then and talk about how pretty they are. Lightly browned is good, too.

Add stock/water and bouillon cubes. Peek every now and then and taste. Note that Mommy wasn't kidding when she said the onions won't taste onion-y.

Cover pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Ours simmered for hours and hours.

Toast slices of baguette, pop into bowl. Top with hot soup and freshly grated cheese. At this point you can stick them under the broiler for a few seconds to melt the cheese, but ours melted fine on their own. Oh, and make sure no actual onions get into your sister's bowls because they are sissy babies (said with love) and don't believe Mommy about the no onion-y taste.

Soak up the compliments and enjoy.

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Blogger Angela Martínez said...

Yay for Ben! What a brave boy he was to trust you on the onion-y taste! His recipe sounds delicious and I'm very proud of him. Can't wait to see some more of his creations soon.

12/09/2006 8:30 AM  
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12/10/2006 12:20 AM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

Sounds delicious and he is so cute posing with his onion.

12/11/2006 11:17 PM  

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