French Onion Soup

Written by Hazel Powell // @hazelmairi


There is an old tale that says if you place raw onions strategically around your home they will absorb the flu virus.

Topical? Yes. But I don’t think as a planet we produce 40 million tonnes of them each year because we’re superstitious.

I would, and often do, argue that onions are the backbone of our kitchens, and therefore, our lives. (I have no opinion on onions and coronavirus; please don’t be disappointed).


King Ramses IV was buried with onions embedded into his eye sockets. The walls inside the pyramids were decorated with alliums in all their glorious layers. I was always taught that cats hailed supreme in Ancient Egypt, it sounds like the onion was pretty Godly too.