Red Onion Soup

2015 red onion soup 1As you could see from the post about our bumper onion harvest, we have an awfully large pile of onions to plough our way through. Here’s a simple onion soup recipe that’s perfect to ward off any chill after working outside on a typical English autumnal day in September. Add some crusty Red Leicester bread and it’s pure heaven, in a soup bowl.


Butter or olive oil
1 kg red onions – thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves – chopped
2 tbsp flour
200 ml red wine
1 litre vegetable stock (boiling)
Handful of fresh garden herbs.
grated cheese – a handful for each bowl

Enough for 4 people.


2015 red onion soup 2Melt the butter in a pan, or heat the olive oil.
Add the onions and fry – keep stirring until caramelised.
Add the garlic, cook for a couple of minutes.
Sprinkle on the flour, stir.
Increased the heat – add the wine, hot stock, fresh herbs.
Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes.

Into bowls, add a handful of cheese on the top.

Onion Harvest

Stur BC onions
Stur BC onions

The Grand 2015 Onion Harvest

What a cracking year for the onions and shallots! Two red onions (Karmen) can easily weigh in at 500g each, or around 1 pound in old weights! Luckily we had lots of help getting them in – the younger ‘bowerites did a grand job, and we ended up with a day of sunshine to begin the drying process – though they’ll have to stay on the garage floor for the next few weeks to finish off. My promise to myself is to get as many of the shallots (Picasso) pickled as is humanly possible – we’re about to finish off the final jar from last year!

All of them are picked for their storage qualities, though we tend to munch our way through the red onions quicker than the others as they don’t seem to store quite as well.

When it comes to storage, we tend to store the onions and shallots in blue plastic trays, which are used to deliver mushrooms in to takeaways – we know someone who knows someone who needed to get rid of them! Around half of the shallots are pickled, but we could up that number easily, and the garlic is strung up – although another post will show you that this year we actually plaited them! Unfortunately I didn’t video it, but I’ll put a video together for next year’s harvest – it’s a cinch, looks decent, and makes it convenient to hang them all in the house, ready for use.