Have I ever mentioned how much I love Lottie + Doof? Yeah. I have.
This soup, as Tim admits too, is prone to suspicious looks: Hot yoghurt? Barley? Especially during this time of Super Healthy Eating after the Christmas gluttony. But Tim trusts this recipe, and I trust Tim.
The soup worked for me: it was filling and textural while being fresh and light too.
The potatoes use my own improvisation on Indigo restaurant's parsley butter, and the bases became crunchy like Belgian frites...
Another blog I love is Chocolate & Zucchini, a Paris-based blog about life, food, and just intriguing stuff in general. Clotilde wrote a funny French post on the tedious, mundane chore of peeling onions, but it was followed by a post on 'Oignons Rotis'- roasted onions.
I love onions... not raw, like the usual Indian food side-dish (yuck), but in any other form.
The result of this recipe is onions that have gently opened, caramelised, softened, sweetened slightly and with a crispy skin that complements the mild inside perfectly.
This meal maybe isn't for picky eaters... it's different... but that's what I loved about it.
Speaking of onions, Valentine's day is coming up.
Yeah, you read it correctly.
Isn't that just beautiful?
Duffy has managed to capture one of the most quotidian objects, and reveal its inner romanticism.
The best part is, she hasn't made it up- it's all true. You don't realise, when you're chopping an onion (which happens for almost any dish), how much more of a valentine it is than a 'red rose or a satin heart'.
She has touched upon the way it'll make you cry, how it glows underneath the brown wrapping paper, its myriad layers, its strong and lingering flavour and scent.
On other levels, it really teaches you to understand the concept of 'It's the thought that counts'.
With such depth of emotion a simple onion becomes a stunning gift, and that's applicable to anything. I absolutely love it.
So this week, enjoy something understated, under-appreciated; be it a person, a food, an object, some time or a place. You'll be surprised.