When I looked up my travel times before uni started this year, I realised that I would spend 3 hours on the bus each day, which I thought was reasonable as I imagined myself effectively using the time by 'studying' my notes. Six weeks later however, reality has kicked in- most of my time on the bus is spent doing embarrassing things (like accidentally falling asleep on people and asking the bus driver for a mybus ticket at 7am), while the time spent listening to my iPod during the trips has made me realise that I have incredibly bad taste in music, and as such I have started listening to radio again.
And honestly, with the days getting shorter, which in turn means walking home in the dark and freaking myself out with my own shadow, wouldn't it be nice to come home to a bowl of hot soup? This could be made the day before and reheated when you get home, and ignoring the rather impractical requirement of stirring the onions in this soup for a whole half an hour, I'd say that this recipe could do the trick. Like most of the recipes I use, this came from the Taste website, and was originally published in Super Food Ideas June 2005 by Alison Roberts.
Start off by heating 60g of chopped butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 'heavy based' saucepan on low heat until it starts to gently sizzle. Then, add 1kg of thinly sliced onions and 1 tablespoon of salt and stir until the onions are really soft. The recipe said that it could take up to 50 minutes, but it took me approximately half an hour. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and stir until the onions have caramelised. Then, add 2 tablespoons of plain flour and stir for a further 2 minutes. I found it really important to keep stirring since the onions would leave burnt pieces at the bottom of the saucepan if I left it for a few seconds.
Add 4 cups of beef stock and 2 cups of water. On low heat, let it simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, and then it's ready.