Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Soupe à l'oignon - French onion soup (Vegan mofo 2013 XVIII)

Everyone has their own personal hangover cures. A barman friend in Normandy swears by a glass of dry white wine sipped as slowly as humanly possible. I'm partial to a bloody mary. An ex-boyfriend of mine insists on "beans on toast and a wank". Many a Frenchman relies on onion soup to help him out the morning after the night before. I guess it's kind of like chicken soup for the French soul.


4 big onions
3 Tbsp vegan margarine
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp thyme, crumbled between your fingers
6 cups rich vegetable stock (make your own if you have time)


  1. Slice the onions into thin half moons. Heat the oil and margarine in a big, heavy-bottomed pot. When the marge had melted, tip in the onions and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. When the onions are very soft, turn the heat up to high and cook for another few minutes, stirring often, until some of the onions are lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle on the flour and sugar. Stir.
  4. Pour in the white wine and allow to cook for two minutes, stirring.
  5. Pour in the stock and sprinkle on the thyme. Simmer on medium heat for at least half an hour.