Shorter days: this is one of the things I dislike most about Winter. I really don’t like that it’s already dark when I leave work. It looks like the day is over and there’s nothing else to do but to go to sleep. Not like Summer when you still feel like doing lots before locking yourself at home! The only thing that can sheer me up is…. you guessed it: cooking 🙂 Ok, ok, nothing new here, cooking sheers me up all year around. But during Winter I start cooking more complex dishes and I guess it gives me more satisfaction. It’s dark and cold outside and to be around the kitchen where is nice and warm makes be feel really happy 🙂
Besides the shorter days, we can’t really say that Winter has started here yet. Yes, the days are a bit chilly but nothing compared to what a real Winter is. If it wasn’t for the cooler wind we could almost think it’s Spring. Despite the mild weather, it’s still Winter time, Christmas is approaching and I start to feel like having soups, stews and roasts 🙂 And during one of the cooler days we had so far I decided to go all French and make onion soup. But not just any onion soup: my French onion soup. I haven’t gone that far from the original but I don’t really like the bread and cheese grilled inside the soup bowl. So I skipped that step, instead I had home made cheese bread on the side (recipe to follow). I also added a bit of parsley for flavour and colour. The recipe calls for yellow onions but I used a mixture of red and yellow onions, I think it makes it sweeter. The recipe I’m posting here is the original one from Julia Child which I used as my guide and then I made the above changes. It came good, you have to try it!