October 18, 2017 4

Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel + scenes from late summer!

Vegan cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel.
Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel | Vegan, cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel and rosemary. A rich, decadent, comforting cream of onion soup for fall and winter.

This post is long overdue.

End of August was nearly two months ago.

The night was hot. Hotter than hot. A total and complete heatwave. The air was thick. And smoggy and smoky. The hills were on fire. There was ash settling on the dinner table. Los Angeles was unbearable. But my guests came anyway. And so Late Summer began.

I started the meal off with this cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel. I served it chilled because the weather really gave me no other choice. And topped it with an heirloom tomato salad. Which meld the flavors of August beautifully together.

Now that it’s fall and the air is crisp and we’re in the swing of cozy eats – this vegan, humble, unfussy and layered and complex cream of onion soup is made for serving piping hot. With a slice of seedy bread or a heel of a crusty loaf.

I want to thank my gracious Airbnb hosts that allowed me to cook and entertain in their gorgeous southern Californian home. Melissa’s Produce for supplying all of the vibrant local produce I could dream of and more. Despite the weather, my first #wfalpops outside of St. Louis was a success. If you want me to come to your city, drop me a comment or message. Because I would love to make that happen.

I’m happy to announce my next dinner, Autumn on October 29. Autumn will take place at the dreamy outdoor event space of Urban Matter. Set at a communal table under a covered and walled pergola lit by candles and a cozy fire. It will be the most hygge yet. Grab your ticket now and I’ll see you there babes, xx.

Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel | Vegan, cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel and rosemary. A rich, decadent, comforting cream of onion soup for fall and winter.

Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel | Vegan, cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel and rosemary. A rich, decadent, comforting cream of onion soup for fall and winter.

Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel | Vegan, cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel and rosemary. A rich, decadent, comforting cream of onion soup for fall and winter.

LATE SUMMER – September 2, 2017

Turmeric Daydream
ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, peppercorn, milk, honey, vodka

Soup + Salad.
caramelized onions, fennel, heirloom tomatoes, sunflower seed dukkah

Crudité.
cucumber, moon drop grapes, herby whipped ricotta

Hibiscus Grape Soda.
hibiscus, moon drop grapes, sparkling water, gin

Blistered Gold.
shishito peppers, golden sauce, kosher salt

Tipsy Latte.
cacao, chicory, dandelion, sweet cinnamon, milk, maple syrup, pink salt, vodka

Affogato!
vanilla bean ice cream, turmeric shot, cacao nibs

Late Summer, Los Angeles pop-up dinner by With Food + Love | #wfalpops

Late Summer, Los Angeles pop-up dinner by With Food + Love | #wfalpops

Late Summer, Los Angeles pop-up dinner by With Food + Love | #wfalpops

Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Serves 4 cups     adjust servings

If you have an aversion or you cannot source fennel, you can substitute in equal parts celery. If you are allergic to cashews you can omit them altogether {it will be slightly less rich} or you can add in a ¼ cup cream.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 medium yellow onions, diced small
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fennel, diced small
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • sprig rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and sauté for 10 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium-high and continue to sauté for 1 minute more. Add in the apple cider vinegar and stir, while scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low, add in the fennel and continue to cook for 15 minutes more. The vegetables will start to caramelize into a rich brown.
  4. Then add in the water, rosemary, bay leaf, cashews and season with a heavy hand of salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes more.
  5. Remove the soup from the heat, and pull out the bay leaf. Blend until smooth and serve warm.
Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel | Vegan, cream of onion soup with caramelized fennel and rosemary. A rich, decadent, comforting cream of onion soup for fall and winter.

This post is in partnership with Melissa’s Produce; thanks for supplying the vibrant produce.

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4 Responses to "Cream of Onion Soup with Caramelized Fennel + scenes from late summer!"

  1. Reply

    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    October 19, 2017 at 5:21 AM

    This soup looks divine as does that entire menu! I think you should come to Boston next! Definitely! xoxo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      October 22, 2017 at 6:56 PM

      Kelsey – I’m actually planning a Boston dinner soon{ish}. I will definitely keep you posted! xx

  2. Reply

    Jessie Snyder

    October 19, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    I’m still dream about the “feeling” of this night Sherrie, it was like stepping into a hidden little world I didn’t know existed. And I’m ecstatic you posted this recipe from the evening because it was my absolute favorite dish! Every year you amaze me with the different ways you flex your talents, it is such a JOY to watch you shine. xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      October 22, 2017 at 6:59 PM

      Jessie it was my honor and joy to have you share this space and meal with me. Thank you for making the drive up to LA. You are absolutely the sweetest. Love you, xx.

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