There's nothing quite as satisfying as a bowl of French Onion soup on a grey autumnal afternoon. Light a fire in the fireplace while it simmers. It's simple and will warm you through, and onions are reported to boost the immune system, a perfect foil to the season's colds.
One each red, yellow and white onion
Plenty of butter, about a stick or so
1 tablespoon flour
Tone's beef base
4 cups water
Chop onions and place in a heavy pot. Simmer with butter and beef base until caramelized, stirring often. Once the onions are soft and ready, stir in the flour and sugar and simmer for three minutes or so, to thicken. Add the water and simmer for thirty minutes or more.
Spoon it into a bowl and cover with a slice of French bread and gruyere, then toast in the oven to melt the cheese.