Saturday, January 14, 2012

French Onion Soup, posted too late!

See mom's recipe she posted for ingredients
I guess it's only fair, since mom posted first, that she get to use the recipe. This French Onion Soup has become a staple meal for me during winter. It is light, brothy, yet warms the belly and fills it full of health and yumminess.  I have been sick this week and for lunch and dinner this is all I had and it was just perfect! The recipe calls for 1T. of balsamic vinegar, and it's amazing how it enhances the flavor, giving it a warm, full bodied, cheese flavor. 
So, a few weeks ago I was invited to visit back in Tennesse and Ohio to be with the man that I love. We ate at the deli at whole foods and had amazing vegan pizza and squash with onions. Man, it was good! and my little Noah chowed on it! So, here it is!

Banana Squash, Onions, and Garlic
1/4 medium sized banana squash seeds removed, skinned and cut into bite size squares
1 Large Onion sliced into rings, or to your liking
1 clove of garlic minced
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Stir squash squares and onions into a glass pan along with the olive oil. Preheat oven to 450, then place in oven for 20 minutes approximately. Check with a fork for the tenderness of the squash. Once tender, turn off heat and turn on the broiler for about 5- 10 min. Enough to get some crisp on the vegetables. Watch it closely! Remove from heat and add the garlic, salt, and pepper.  Enjoy!

Old Fashioned Cough Syrup
 This onion cough syrup is prepared by chopping several large onions into a double boiler.   Cover the onions with honey.  Boil the water beneath the double boiler.  Once the honey has begun to liquefy add an ounce of horehound herb, liquorice root or cherry bark or any combination of these herbs.  These herbs will magnify the expectorant properties of the cough syrup.  Cover and let this concoction simmer in the double boiler for 4 to 5 hours.  Strain the liquid syrup from the herb; bottle, label and refrigerate.  The cough syrup will last several weeks in the refrigerator.

Onion Poultice for Pulling Congestion from the Lungs
The use of onions that have been sliced and lightly sautéed in olive oil until just translucent and laid on the chest, covered with a plastic wrapped with a bandage or covered with a towel and kept warm with a hot water bottle will allow the expectoration action to relieve congestion of the lungs and bronchial tract. I've done this on my children and it has been very helpful, especially in the middle of the night when you want so badly to help them rest and heal. 
found in Herbal Home Health Care by John Christopher or


  1. Loved your post--that squash looks great--hope you're feeling better!

  2. That squash and onion looks lovely, I will try that one.