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French Onion Soup

There is nothing better to warm yourself up in Winter than a bowl of steaming French onion soup.
Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. They were, throughout history, seen as food for poor people, as onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 18th century, made from beef broth, and caramelized onions. It is often finished by being placed under a grill in a ramekin traditionally with croutons and gruyère melted on top. The crouton on top is reminiscent of ancient soups.

Today, it is still a soup that don’t cost a lot to make but is not at all seen as a soup for the poor (not that we care because it’s delicious! It’s just interesting to see how things change with time).

french onion soup oh la la livia

french onion soup oh la la livia

For two people I used:

8 brown onions
Teaspoon of coconut oil
Herbes de Provence
Bay leaves
6 cloves of garlic

Fry up the onion in the coconut oil until they are soft. Now add them to a saucepan with the coconut oil (this doesn’t flavour the soup at all, it’s just the healthy option, see here for details.) Now add about 5 cups of water and keep adding water when the levels get low. Keep it simmering on low for a couple of hours.

French Onion Soup with croutons by Oh la la Livia

French Onion Soup with croutons by Oh la la Livia

For the croutons, I put them in the oven with cheese on them and placed them on the top of the soup.
Delish! Enjoy and keep warm this Winter


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How Do You Do Your Cheese Platter?

Living in France, cheese does play a big role in everyday life. I go through phases where I love it and hate it. At the moment I’m going through a stage where I still am crazy about the stuff,  but not at night time. I like a bit of fruit with it to break it up, and I always make sure I have a soft goat’s cheese.

How do you do yours?

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Pizza aux Figues et Chèvre (Goat’s Cheese and Fig Pizza)

Before figs went out of season I wanted to make the most of them. In Australia I was used to having them in my garden, and here I am restricted to having access to figs only a few weeks a year so when I get my hands on them I go all out.

This pizza is just so wonderful because it is light and with the heat the figs caramalise.

I use 4-5 figs per pizza.

For the chèvre (goat’s cheese) I use a rather young one, because I find that if you used aged chèvre it’s a bit too full-on in that quantity. That said, if you like very rich cheeses, this would be wonderful with the figs.

I dusted on my Corsican herbs. Any Mediterranean herb mix would work for this such as herbes de Provence. Or simply basil, rosemary and parsely.

A small amount of gruyere cheese.

And hop! In the oven.

A couple of spoon’s of mascarpone.

I like to add some fresh basil for colour and an extra fresh taste.

Om nom nom.

In other news, last night J and I did a macaron class here in Paris. It was just great. Photos to come.

Tonight I am meeting Kristin from The Kale Project. We are cooking a recipe together, with kale of course. I am so excited to finally eat some kale in Paris! She is doing such a great thing.

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A grilled vegetable salad in Erbalunga.

Erbalunga, which is in the “Cap Corse” region of Corsica stole my heart. It feels enchanted. You really can imagine Napoleon in these parts of the world. To make things even more magical, the weather was perfect.

Our week in Corsica followed the coast. We went from town to town, each as charming as the next.

In Corsica most of the houses are covered in some kind of vine.

How sweet is the life of this Corsican cat?

The grilled salad was so fresh, and was a perfect accompagnement to the sun. The feature of the salad was the crumb fried mozarella. I am going to teach myself how to do it to recreate this mind-blowing salad.

My lovely little friend Zoé. She had a hot goat’s cheese salad.

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Warm Zucchini and Beetroot Salad with a Grilled Vegetable Side

We had unlimited access to a glorious garden two weekends ago. I was in heaven. I invented this recipe to celebrate the fact that we had sun, great company, fresh vegetables and lovely conversation.

For this recipe you will need:

2 round zucchini
2 regular zucchinis
2 beetroots
big bunch of fresh basil
big bunch of fresh parsley
2 eggplants
olive oil
crème fraîche

Cup up everything like in the photos below.

You will use the round zucchinis for the warm salad part, and the regular zucchinis for the grilled side.

Put olive oil (I also use coconut oil to cook) in a pan and start pan cooking the round zucchinis. Add in salt and garlic and onion, but don’t put in the herbs until the very end or else they will burn.

Put in the small pieces of beetroot. You will see, they make the dish a wonderful colour and give it such an earthy flavour.

You can now put in all the herbs.

When serving, dollop on about 3 tablespoons of crème fraîche while still warm. Serve this dish warm, it is more tasty.

In other news, I am loving this video, despite it being über cheesy.

J and I did a great tour of the Saint Ouen flea markets with Charlotte from Haute Curiosité.

Tomorrow I am going to Corsica until next Tuesday.

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The weekends are what we live for

The apartment is finished, so we celebrated. Going to the market, cooking up a summer feast, drinking champagne and cassis- kir– with good company, what could be better?

We went to the marché des batignolles for our fresh food.

I made a flourless chocolate cake with almond meal, unrefined sugar, organic cocoa nibs, vanilla from India and I whipped up a cream cheese filling. It was so moist and not in the least heavy because there is no flour in this recipe!

The crème de cassis was sourced from Bourgogne. I went with my parents last year. It makes the best kir royales! (see here for details on this trip to Bourgogne). Crème de cassis is one of the specialities of this area. And just look at that gorgeous bottle!

Two of my favourite girls ever.

It was a weekend of celebrations. Sunday we celebrated J’s little sister’s birthday. Her and her best friend are so precious.

The whole family was there. It was a big and loud lunch, like most French social events.

Cheese. Remember, this is France. J’s family are such cheese lovers. No meal is followed without a platter of these goodies.

I will do a post about wines in France soon, but I’m sure you have heard of the wine region Bordeaux. It’s one of the most famous regions and their wines sell all over the globe. The red we had on Sunday was from 1994. A good vintage one.

Now that is what I call a good baguette. Crusty on the outside, not too fluffy, moist in the inside. I could ramble on forever about good baguettes. I’ll stop myself here!

No birthday is a birthday without candles and singing! J’s very talented father made Choux à la crème.

Oh, and just to add the cherry on top, and in the name of good clichés, out came those French bubbles! Mmmmm.

In other news, feel free to read my article on Pondicherry on Girlosophy.

My photos from India were also published, which I am so thrilled about.

Gay pride was all out and happening in Paris last Saturday, click here for photos and more!

Et voilà!

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