April in Paris! Sites, Sounds and Fabulous Food!
April in Paris ! I was fortunate enough to visit Paris in April and enjoy the amazing sights, sounds and fabulous food in this vibrant, exciting city ! April is a luscious time of year to visit Paris; masses of tulips, cherry blossoms, daffodils and apple blossoms abound in the gardens and parks.
Although our visit was somewhat short, we saw many of the beautiful, historic sites in the heart of Paris, including the Louvre; Musee d’ Orsay on the Seine;the chill bump inducing, awe-inspiring stained glass windows of the Sainte Chappelle; Notre Dame; the Arc de Triomphe, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
On one of our many strolls through the streets of Paris, we discovered a friendly and accommodating, quaint restaurant that served some amazing food including onion soup. I could not get their recipe, but my friend Rose, who was born and raised in France, gave me hers and it is very similar to the soup we were served at this quaint restaurant. I am not sure, but I think the restaurant was the Cafe de la Bourse. I know it was one of the restaurants where we had a wonderful experience and great food!
Rose’s French Onion Soup, or as she says “Soup a L’Oignon” .
4 or 5 large white onions , sliced thinly.
1/2 cup butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
6 cups beef stock, preferably home-made
1/4 cup good cognac
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 rounds of
toasted French bread. Butter both sides after toasting
Grated Gruyère Cheese, about 2 cups
Cook sliced onions in butter in a large saucepan, with the sugar; cook very slowly, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until golden brown. Add stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook , covered, about one hour.
Just before serving, add cognac and spoon into earthenware bowls over toasted French bread rounds. Top with lots of grated Gruyère cheese and melt under the broiler.
This serves about 4 as an appetizer.