The photos were taken to show show our living, dining and family rooms as well as the kitchen and guest bedroom. Contrary to what my dear husband and children believe, I do have some restraint when it comes to taking photos for this blog and resisted the temptation to take pictures of the photographer taking his photos. I didn't think I could explain it all to him because of the language barrier and it would have been just too weird to pull out my camera and start taking pictures of him and his team. Especially when his camera was top of the line and mine stinks.
The brochure is scheduled to be published sometime this summer and the woman who organized the photo shoot promised me that she would send me a few copies if we moved before its release. The photographer showed me the photos he took and it is amazing what a good camera can do! His shots were so much better than anything I could ever hope to take with my camera.
Christopher had asked me to make French Onion soup last week and I finally got around to it yesterday evening. I followed this recipe for French Onion Soup Gratinee and was quite pleased with how it turned out.
The worst part was cutting the onions...lots of tears in the kitchen! The recipe called for two sweet onions and two red onions but I used whatever was available at the Nichada market. Beggars can't be choosers. I added an onion because they weren't very large.
Sauteing the onions in butter and salt.
The recipe said to cook the onions for 30 minutes until they were caramelized and "almost syrupy". I wasn't sure exactly what "almost syrupy "meant but I cooked them until they were very soft and a beautiful brown color. Yum!
After the soup simmered for about 20 minutes, I removed the herbs.
Two bay leaves out.
I filled a bowl 1/2 full with the hot soup, placed the toasted bread on top and topped that with a slice of baby Swiss cheese, shredded mozzarella and a light sprinkle of smoked paprika before putting the bowl back under the broiler to brown.
With the addition of a green salad dressed with balsamic vinegar & olive oil and a glass of wine, dinner was ready!
This is a recipe I would certainly make again but only if there are more people than just Christopher and I to eat it. (Caitlynne doesn't do onions). A little onion soup goes a long way and I probably satisfied our cravings for a few months with this pot.
Have a great Wednesday!