French onion soup or soupe a l’oignon

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by Rita H. Azar on September 25, 2014

Bonjour!

Once upon a time, when I lived in Canada, I used to love making French onion soup as it was my comfort food of predilection on these cold winter evenings.  But, I used packet of French onion soup mix to which I just had to add some water and let it boil.  It’s not until I came to Australia that I discovered how to make French onion soup from scratch from the SBS website.  Wow, the difference!  And, so simple to make!  I discovered it was really worth going the extra effort to get the real taste of this mouth watering and very tasty dish.

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup of butter

- 5 onions peeled and finely sliced

- 1/2 cup plain flour

- 2 litres water

- 1 glass of white wine (or red wine or beef stock)

- 1/2 teaspoon of salt

- ¼ teaspoon of pepper

- 100 g or 1 cup of gruyère (I use tasty cheese) cut into cubes + extra grated to put on top of the soup

- sliced bread

Directions:

- Melt the butter in a saucepan;

- Add the onions and cook for 25 minutes, stirring, until they are deep golden brown;

- Add the flour and stir for 2 minutes;

- Add the water and wine (or red wine or beef stock);

- Add the salt and pepper;

- Add the cubes of cheese;

- Stir and bring to boil.  Then, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

- Fill oven safe bowls with the soup, put one slice of bread in each bowl (I usually toast the bread before) and sprinkle generously grated cheese on top.  Place the bowls in the oven at 180°C for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted.  You might want to broil to give the cheese a golden colour.

This recipe serve 6 people so I usually freeze the rest of the soup.

Do you like French onion soup? Have you ever cooked it from scratch? 

Enjoy and please come back and let me know if you give it a go.  Also, you can see more of my recipes here.    

Au revoir! 

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Bonjour! 

This is my third review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014, level Miles. You can read my first review on the book Tsunami and the Single Girl by Krissy Nicholson and my second review on Addition by Toni Jordan.

Title: Book of Lost Threads

Author: Tess Evans

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2010

Reviewer: Rita Azar

Summary:

In Book of Lost Threads, four mismatched characters meet in the town of Opportunity and help each other in order of coming to term with their past.

There is Moss, a young woman looking for a man who she has never met but who had a major impact on her life, Finn whose a recluse and who has spent most of his life grieving for a dramatic event, Sandy and his Great Galah project that will help him understanding who truly his parents were and Mrs Pargetter who knits tea cosies for the United Nations.

All these characters are at crossroads in their life. With the help of their unexpected friendships, they will take important and life-changing decisions.

My Thoughts:

Book of Lost Threads is Tess Evans’s first novel.

There were many profound and heavy subjects addressed in this book such as domestic violence, fatal accidents, stillborn babies, raising children in a non-traditional family and how people grieve in different ways.

But, it’s the themes that permeated from this novel that will stay with the reader; hope, faith, friendships. Most of all, this book was about kindness and how powerful it can be. Kindness can even save lives.

Many interesting concepts were addressed in this book such as how keeping personal diaries can help future generations to understand the past; the innumerable amount of love parents have for their children and how they can trust their children even when they betray them; situations where people have to come to term with relationships they had with others who are now dead.

My favourite character in this book was definitely Mrs Pargetter. She was presented as a great example of believing in your personal convictions, dreams and goals even if they are out of norm and no matter what people think or say.

 

“I know you young people like to make initials of everything. Your father thought he could get away with calling me “Mrs P.”, but I soon put a stop to that. It’s just laziness, I said. My name is Lily Pargetter and you may call me Mrs Pargetter. So you see, dear, I must insist you show proper respect to the United Nations. If anyone asks what I do, tell them I work for the United Nations.”

- Tess Evans, Book of Lost Threads, Allen & Unwin 2010, P. 101.

I would be most interested to know what the writing process behind this novel was. It seemed to me as if it was written in sparse scenes and not necessarily as a beginning, middle and end type of novel.

The one thing I found confusing is that there were many storylines. I understand these storylines were of characters that played a part in explaining the story of Moss, Finn, Sandy and Mrs Pargetter but it was at time difficult to follow who was who and who was doing what.

A great message that also permeated was the importance of making peace with the past in order to move forward.

 

“Then follow your wisdom. You mustn’t allow your past to consume you, Finbar. That’s a sin. It’s a good heart, Finbar. A good heart.”

- Tess Evans, Book of Lost Threads, Allen & Unwin 2010, P. 278.

I loved Book of Lost Threads and would highly recommend it as a book that warmed the heart and lifted the spirits.

Have you read Book of Lost Threads? Do you know of any other book where the major theme is kindness?

Au revoir! 

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