Mrs Frazer’s Onion Soup (1804)


  • 4 oz. 120 g.) split peas
  • 2 oz. (60 g.) butter to brown the onions and 2 oz. (60 g.) to fry the bread
  • 3 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 tiny onions, peeled but left whole
  • a slice of bread for each person
  • salt and pepper


Soak the peas overnight. Next day simmer in a quart (1 l.) of water with a teaspoonful of salt until tender. Put them through a moulin or liquidizer with their liquid. Lightly brown the sliced onions and the small onions separately and add to the peas. Season, and simmer till the onions are quite tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

Fry the slices of bread slightly in butter and float one on each bowl when serving.