Julia Child's Recipe Soupe à l'oignon gratinée (aux Trois Gourmandes)

Yep I am not well.. very bad stomach flu after I ate a plate of paper thosai last night.. u know me.. if i hv tummy flu it feels like bad contraction.. thank goodness i only felt it after we got home fm Mustaffa Center or else i wouldnt be able to even stand.. anyway i am ok now.. no more tummy flu.. Sonia was so so concerned abt me that she lay quietly besides me for half an hr and kept on saying.. "its ok mama.. dont worry.. dont cry.. sonia blow".. "Mama want sticker (aka plaster)??" i was in pain and couldnt help but smile when she said that.. awwww

Anyway ..i had wanted to go out today but hb told me to rest.. hmmmm rest?? how to rest when everyone is at home.. i worry abt too many things that there is no way i am able to just not do anything!! was a little agitated actually with hb but hey i guess he has his own agenda aka sending Hairi to a motorbike workshop!!! grrr

Ok ok cool off.. its year end.. dont get mad over little things Rima!! soooo this is what a supposedly "sick" woman cooked today.. i dont blog abt my everyday food but if i need to keep a recipe in here.. i will hv a posting on it.. this is a simple lunch and also a hot soup for moi.. i loveeee french onion soup.. theres something so so refreshing abt it even tho this soup can be so so fattening muahahahha

1 ½ lbs/680g yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 tbsp butter (I used unsalted and used 5tbsp hehe)
1 tbsp oil (I used canola)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar (helps with browning)
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 quarts beef stock (I used a 1litre of Heiz chicken broth – lazy me), boiling when added to soup
½ cup dry white wine (I didnt use)
Salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp cognac (I didnt use)
Rounds of hard toasted French bread
1-2 cups coarsely grated Swiss or Parmesan Cheese

For Trois Gourmandes version just before serving… (I skipped this part hehe)
1 tsp cornstarch
1 egg yolk
1 tsp Worcestireshire sauce
3 tbsp cognac

1. Cook the onions slowly in butter and oil in a large, heavy bottom Dutch oven, covered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

2. Uncover, raise heat to moderate and stir in salt and sugar. Cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are an even, deep, golden brown. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 3 minutes.

3. Take the pot off the heat and blend in the boiling liquid. Add the wine and season to taste. Simmer, partially covered for 30-40 minutes. Correct seasoning.

If you are not serving right away, set aside.

4. Twenty minutes before serving, reheat soup to the simmer and add cognac or…for the full Trois Gourmandes version….

5. In a bowl, beat the cornstarch into the egg yolk, then Worcestershire sauce and cognac. Remove a ladleful of soup and add it to the mixture slowly with a fork. You don’t want to shock the egg yolk and curdle it. Add two more ladles of soup and blend. Pour this mixture back into the pot of soup and stir.

6. Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C and prepare individual oven proof soup bowls (Julia says you can do this in a large tureen)

7. Pour soup into each bowl, stir in some grated cheese. Float a crisply toasted slice of French Bread (spread with a little butter, or not) on top of the soup and add more grated cheese to completely cover it. Bake for 20 minutes and then under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown the top a bit. Serve immediately.

For aglio olio pasta recipe u can go to my previous entry.. I used fresh pasta today.. yum yum!!

Oh oh bef i go.. wanna see something funny?? muahahahha this is what u called... putting a smile on a sick gal face!! kahkahkah

Ouch ouch! 6th most popular search keywords that takes you to my blog: "Singapore cougar baking" kahkahkah


Jun said...

hi rima..ok oredi?, not sick..mood down.byk lazy...skool is starting in a few more days..aiyooo, back to my routine...
dat soup nampak sedap..but, byknye bawang? tu yg buat sedap kan? kalau buat ni...i kena siap2 set aside before put it on d table..nnti my son x mo makan..he hates onions so much..hahahha

Anonymous said...

hai there rima, misah here..hope u r much better yeah, esp after taking tat delish looking soup..take care !! ps; sebak i rase when reading abt sonia's concern 4 u...

Anonymous said...

gd to hear you're ok. any suggestion to substitute wine n cognac. i'm attempting this menu on new year's eve.

made me smile that sticker thingy

psst...too bad i'm old enuff to be a hound dog.

Anonymous said...

Salam rima, u much better now? biasalah kalau semua dah drumah kalau tak masak memang janggal rasanya. Sonia syg mami ya...senyum kak t.
salam, kak siti.

Rima said...

Today the whole day tak meragam perut ni.. tu sebab nak merayap but ade orang tak kasi pulak! :o(

Eh if he tak suka better dont gv cos this is afterall french onion soup.. i gave to Hairi who hates bawang and he only took a sip and terus kata.. ekkk ade bawang eh?? hahahha

Rima said...

Dah kurang.. alhamdullilah.. u sebak? i yg depan dia tu pun boleh rasa sebak.. sampai meleleh air mata.. she even place tea towel kat my tummy and then boleh push my hair back lah.. kesian lah anak i ni.. so so caring by nature tau..

Rima said...

Unfortunately nothing.. i added water heheh instead..

Sonia is a sweet little thang lah

Rima said...

Ahhh tahu tak pe KSiti.. tak yah nak verangan lah boleh duduk diam.. nampak kain baju dah kering kita jugak yg lipat.. nampak kerja rumah kita jugak yg kerje kan.. masak memang tok sah cakap.. tu tak boleh lari hehhe

Dak Sonia ni part cam gini buat mama dia lemah.. whenever dia dgr kita kata 'ouch'.. dgn cepat dia lari kat kita and ask.. mama whats wrong?? Sonia blow ok.. dont worry hehe..

Anie said...


Alhamdullilah u dah ok. Mungkin that tosai dah nak basi kot biler u mkn hehehez. Kesian u, nasib baik ada nurse Sonia to keep u company ;)

Waaahhh one in a million seh nak nampak ur masak2 resepi in ur blog. Looks very yummy indeed.......

CS said...

Rima aka cougar, ahaks!
My pewut pun meragam. After a week makan nasi pengantin, the 'pancaragam' masih takmoh berhenti but not as bad as last wk (namun tetap ku ukur jalan .. jjcm n jjtw).

Come come.. let's 'blow' each other's pewut :-)

Ayu said...

salam Rima,
wah i gosok my eyes banyak kali..bila nampak ur this posting!! blog rima ke ni?..hehe
jarang2 you post recipes untuk lunch/ main coarse
very nice pictureslah rima, I like tau.
Should put more of this kind of recipes juga, just a suggestion..hehehe

hope you are ok now..cute betul Sonia tu ya..
can imagine her cuteness bila dia cakap dengan you tu..

Unknown said...

kalau keje opis boleh mc.. kalau keje rumah? aiyaa.. sakit pun takleh mc :( but u're so lucky to have sonia by your side.. good moral support! get well soon sis!

Unknown said...

Ouh man sungguh tak suker skali sakut yut or bery2 especially kalau ade plans and all ...
Get well soon ... soup panas2 best office nie macam freezer pulak

Anonymous said...

npk sedap betul la nti sy nk cuba..btw nk tnya rima ade tak resepi red velvet cake..tq

azila said...

after watching 'Julie & Julia" movie im totally hooked in baking
P/s : love ur blog!!

Ummi said...

Salam Rima, waaa sakit perut lg ke...ha, tu pasal makan thosai x ajak akak la tuh..hehe, harap dah back to normal la boleh masak2 n makan2 lg byk...Lama akak singgah, bz betul bila anak2 ada kat rumah ni..But this weekend dah semua nak balik U dah, sunyi sepi la nnt tinggal dgn Aiman n hb jek...

Anonymous said...

hi rima hope u get well,anyway sonia tu blow plus jampi ke? ape ke tidak,lepas dia blow terus u baik :] berkat anak sayang mama nya :]
sabaria without 'h'

blu4sky said...

Hi rima,
hope your are feeling well.. dah lama tak datang jenguk blog notebook dah kena htr jumpa doctor..sigghhh...
well since new year is approaching in just a couple of days..wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year, May you and your family be granted with good health, prosperity and happiness..
take care

Rima said...

Entah lah nak kata tosei tak mungkin cos i ate half of the paper tosei and my hb makan half.. perut dia tak ape ape pulak!! haizz agaknye i kan perut orang tua hahaha

Rima said...

Ye ker CS?? lahh kesian nye.. today my tummy 100% ok.. merayap satu hari tak sakit.. ni dah balik jalan mula nak berdenyut pulak .. :op

Rima said...

Ayu jgn gosok byk byk kan tahun depan baru dapat tengok food pic in my blog hehhe

Kadang tu nak jugak post food pic but bila dah masak terus nak makan.. dah tu bila dah burp terus lupa hahaha

Dah ok dah. alhamdullilah... kita dah gi isetan private sale this morning.. pukul 7.30am dah line up kahkahkah

Rima said...

Ty plain june! memang betul u cakap tu.. if kita sakit nak tak nak kita jugak lah buat kerja semua.. if tak buat kira berlipat ganda kerja yg harus dibuat... what to do kan.. kita kan isteri isteri mithali.. ahakksss hahah

Rima said...

Ah ah seh Ilah.. nasib tak kena beri beri.. if kena.. ade chance nak kurus kan badan hahahha .. eehhh touch wood!!

Try and buat ah.. u kan suka western food.. sure ur other half suka one

Rima said...

Anonymous cud u pls leave down ur name so that i cud adrs u properly?? tks dear!

I do hv it in my folder but i hv not try baking it.. if u want i can email it to u..

Rima said...

I tak tahu dah berapa kali I watch that movie.. the first time my hb told me abt this movie was when he first watch it in the plane.. he said i shud watch it cos that movie reminded him of me.. awwww i pong ape lagi when he flew back dgn cepat kita gi watch it.. lovely movie indeed!

Rima said...

KUmmi nasib baik tak ajak if not.. adoiiiii hehe

Kalau semua kat rumah pendek kata kita tak de chance nak ber blog walking.. Rima pun like that.. bukan pasal budak2 tak sekolah.. pasal bapak budak clear 3wks leave.. ni minggu depan.. tahun baru baru dia balik work.. harap harap boleh lah kita balik routine..

Rima said...

Hehe Sabaria.. mana u tahu sonia pandai jampi?? hehe harus baik kan diri if not my hb tak ajak merayap :op

Rima said...

Kira now dah ok lah.. good to hv u back!

Wishing u all the best in 2011!!

Anonymous said...


sory sbb tak letak name nti email me resepi red velvet cake tu ye..tq very much..

AS -

Anonymous said...

Hi Sis Rima, I've followed ur blog for quite sometime. I enjoyed reading it so much. It's great!
Appreciate if you could email me the red velvet cake of ur version. Sure mouth watering kan your recipe tu..
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