As you might know, Onion soup is a classic French recipe. It’s actually one of my most favourite dish to cook during the winter, really inexpensive and so easy to do. The recipe I am publishing today is not the traditional one with toasted bread under a mountain of melted cheese. Mine is much simpler and I dare say healthier.
What I love about is that it has more the consistency of a miso soup or a clear broth that a hearty and thick soup. It’s more a broth you’d like to drink after a long walk outside to warm up: it’s a savoury version of the hot chocolate.
Onion Soup Recipe
- 1kg of onions.
- 5 sprigs of rosemary and/or thym.
- 1 bottle (75cl) of dry white wine (Chardonnay is perfect).
- 1L of water.
- 2 vegetable broth cubes (or chicken if you prefer).
- 50g of butter (or 100g if you are feeling naughty).
- 2 tablespoon of plain flour if you want to thicken the broth a bit.
- Cut the onions in medium cubes (2cm)
- Heat the cocotte to medium high
- Melt the butter
- Add the onions and let them sweat at medium high temperature for 10 minutes. They have to be a bit transparent and white.
- Sprinkle the flour and mix well (not too long or it will attach on the bottom)
- Pour the white wine and the water.
- Add the springs of Rosemary and thyme. I usually attach them together with a string like a bouquet garni.
- Let it heat until it boils frankly.
- Put the lid on (NO pressure if you’re using a pressure cooker) and let it simmer at low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, it’s not precise.
- When it’s done, pour the soup though a strainer in order to separate the onions from the broth.
- Keep the broth and set aside the onions in an airtight container.
Photography and styling
For the next 4 weeks I am participating to The Little Plantation Winter Challenge. It’s a great way to train my creativity, and stay uplifted by producing images (I really feel depressed if I am not photographing). Challenges are good because they provide a great work-frame and we have a common goal with the other participants. I have already seen some of the participations and I already feel so inspired by what they have done!
Right now I am a bit obsessed with dark and moody photography. Linda Lomelino, Anisa Sabet, and Meg and Cook are my ultimate inspiration. I want to practice and get use the it because I am more an light and airy photos kind of girl.I think I came a long way since I decided to try dark photography.
My main source of inspiration for this photoshoot were the still life renaissance Dutch painters. It’s my goal one day to be able to do a fully style photoshoot like those painters! It’s also my first time using a mossy green linen fabric AND I LOVE IT!
For the retouching part, the main work was done on the colour grading and the contrast. It’s a bit complicated to make to soup pop out without getting crazy on the yellow.