Tuesday, 29 November 2011

So first and foremost, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you. My first week of blogging has been full of fun - also a lot of frustration as I battle with photobooth, but hey ho. I never anticipated just how friendly  the blogging community would be, and I'm really touched by the amount of support I've received. I squeal like a kid at Christmas whenever I get a comment, and have been driving my flatmates mental with my running commentary of my viewers ("Five! I have five followers! Wheeeeee!").  I'm a bit bowled over that five whole people care enough what I have to say to follow me; thank you to all of you for making my introduction to blogging such a riot. 

Image from weheartit

Anyway, back to the point of the post. I made French Onion Soup today. And it was, if I do say so myself, scrumptious.  The original recipe is from Jamie Oliver's book, Jamie's Dinners, but it was asking for all sorts of ridiculous things that the Tesco's Express round the corner just don't have. So I improvised. Because that's just how I roll.


6 large onions, finely sliced
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 tbsp dried thyme
1.3 litres of stock (I mixed vegetable and beef stock cubes, as I didn't have enough of either)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Bread (I used Tescos ciabatta)
200g cheddar cheese, grated
1 knob of butter
A drizzle of olive oil

Put the onions, garlic, thyme and butter in a big pan and fry with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Once the  onions are all fried, cook with the lid on on a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When onions are cooked, but not coloured, add the stock and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Separate soup into serving bowls placed on an ovenproof tray. Rip up bread and place on top of soup, and sprinkle with grated cheese. Place tray in oven on a low heat (I think I used about 70 degrees Celsius), until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.

Serve and enjoy!

I cooked supper for my friends the other night using Miss Beeton's carbonara recipe. And no-one died, and they're all still talking to me, so I consider it a resounding success! Tonight I'm making chocolate snowball truffles... I'll blog about it tomorrow, they're fun to make and make great Christmas presents.

In other news, today was a good day. I got two parcels (exciting!), one containing cheap rowan wool from this fantastic website (I'm embarking upon one of those turbany hat things, I'll report on my progress soon), and one from my Ma containing advent calendars for me and my flatmates. I still get ridiculously excited when I receive parcels. There is another to come - I went a bit mad on ASOS last night (oops.) 

I ordered super-stupid practical things for winter, though. Including a swimming costume, and an anklet. AW11 essentials, didn't you know?

I hope you're all being good and not squandering all your monies on frivolous, unnecessary things.



  1. I love making soup at this time of year. Thanks for sharing the recipe :) x

  2. That recipe seems simple and quick enough for lazy cooks like me. I agree about receiving packages in the mail - I act like it's Christmas whenever I get something, haha

  3. Stefany - No problem, I've found so many amazing recipes on blogs, I thought it was about time I gave something back.
    Petite - It's surprisingly easy, and I'm a terrible cook!

    Thank you for visiting!
    Mona x

  4. This is a very cute blog, I'm considering making that very same carbonara tonight so glad to see its gone well for someone whose tried it!

    French onion soup is also good, I like your taste in food

    (I plan to follow you now too, so you can let your flatmates know you've got another one!)x

  5. Thank you so much Charlotte, and I hope you did make the carbonara, it's amazing.

    And your cat story really made me giggle...
    Mona x

  6. Congrats on your first week of blogging. That soup looks amazing...and I don't even like onions so that's quite impressive! Can't wait to see some none-onion related recipes for me to try.

    Laura x

  7. Thank you Laura! The truffles were successful so I'll be posting a recipe for them later... And thanks for following!



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Mona x

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