French onion soup

side of beef, soups

Making your own stock makes the best tasting soups and sauces. I find using the slowcooker the simplest way to make small batches of stock at home. There is more information for making stock in the slow cooker from a old post here: https://eloiseemmett.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/stocks/

STOCK
1 kilo beef bones
3 sprigs Thyme
2 bay leaf
Pepper
Salt
2 cups stock vegies or trimmings from carrots, leek, celery, onion and tomatoes
2 cloves garlic

1 kilo brown onions
teaspoon butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Trim the fat from the bones and bake them in the oven to brown in a baking tray for 20 minutes. Put them in the slow cooker with the thyme, bay leaf, onion ends, pinch of salt and pepper, vegetables or trimmings and 2 litres of water cook on high for 8 hours. Strain and refrigerate the stock so the fat settles on top, discard the fat.

Slice the onions and fry in hot pot for 5 minutes, making sure they get some colour, add the sugar and cook for a few minutes until the sugar caramelizes add the stock and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes, season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Green tomato and red lentil soup

soups, thermomix recipes

Serve this delicious soup with a spoonful of natural yogurt and some flatbread. I have frozen quite a few 700 gram bags of green tomatoes so that I can make this soup during the winter months when there are not as many fresh local vegies available.

2 Cloves garlic
1 brown Onion
2 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon garam marsala
½ teaspoon ground coriander seed
¼ teaspoon chilli
¼ Teaspoon dry ginger
700 grams green tomatoes
150 grams red lentils
700 ml chicken stock salt and pepper

Peel and dice onion, carrot, celery and crush garlic and saute in a dash of olive oil in a heavy based pot for about 2 minutes, add spices and saute for a further 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, lentils and stock and simmer for about 40 minutes season with the salt and pepper and serve.

In the thermomix peel the onion, carrot, and garlic add to the bowl with the celery chop speed 3/ 5 seconds. Cook 2 minutes/ 100C/speed 1. Add spices and cook 2 minutes 100C speed 1. Add tomatoes, lentils and stock and cook 40 minutes/100C/speed 1. Puree 1 minute/speed 9, or if you like your soup a little chunky just chop speed5/5 seconds. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!