What’s Cooking – Leek and Potato Soup

What’s Cooking – Leek and Potato SoupThe weather is still being chilly at times and I think soups are the perfect warming up dish.

I haven’t cooked a lot of soups for many years now but lately they have been becoming a much more regular feature in our home. I guess you could say I have re-discovered my long lost love for soups.

My leek and potato soup is quick and easy and it doesn’t really require any special preparation… as long as you have some leeks…

What’s Cooking – Leek and Potato Soup IngredientsIngredients:

  • 500g leeks
  • 500g potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 25g butter
  • 1l stock – I used a ham stock
  • 1 mixed herbs flavour pot
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Double cream (optional)
  • Croutons (optional)

Method:

Rinse and wash your leeks of all visible dirt, then cut them lengthwise into strips and finally chop into small pieces. Now get ready for a proper wash session. Place your leeks in a large bowl of water and use your hands to agitate the pieces in order to loosen up the hidden and super fine dirt and sand. Any dirt should fall to the bottom of your bowl. Repeat this process three times just to be sure that there is no remaining grains of sand. There is nothing worse than having an unexpected crunch between your teeth when eating what should be a soft soup!

Peel and chop your potatoes, carrot and onion into small chunks (1cm/1cm cubes are ideal) or just rough slices for the onion.

In a large heavy bottom cooking pot melt the butter.

What’s Cooking – Leek and Potato Soup in the makingAdd the leeks, season generously with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.

After this time add onions, potatoes and carrots, put the lid on and leave on a gentle heat to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Prepare your stock – I used 2 ham flavour stock cubes from Knorr and one mixed herbs flavour pot.

Add the stock to your cooking pot and bring all to a boil. At this point you can check for flavouring and add any additional seasoning if needed.

Once the soup is boiling reduce the heat and let it cook, on a medium heat for about 25 minutes.

Turn the heat off and use table top blender or a hand blender to turn your soup into a smooth cream of a soup.

Serve if you are ready to dine or store for later.

What’s Cooking - Leek and Potato SoupI like my leek and potato soup with a dash of cream and some croutons just to add some texture into it.

Do you like leek and potato soup?

What’s your favourite soup?

Who / What Am I? 08/08

Happy Friday everyone!

What a lazy day! I blame the weather for this total lack of energy today, and not the fact I only had 4 hours sleep last night. Big rain brought to us by your loving local low pressure or maybe the warm weather took all my mojo away, but definitely not the 4 hours sleep. So as I sit here now typing away I am feeling sleepy and yet another cup of coffee just isn’t cutting it at all. Hey ho, soon it will be evening and bed time. I am actually looking forward to it 🙂

I hope that you are feeling much more energetic than I am today. I really caught a bad case of lazy and I hope it will be gone soon.

Last week my shot of a green something ended up being a right puzzle for you. I bet most of you have had it in your homes and have eaten it on many occasions. Behold the humble leek!

Leek

Ok, so my “explanation picture” is a bit off comparing to what I normally do but I am sure you can clearly see the leek pieces in their full glory.

Did you know that leeks have been cultivated since the time of Ancient Egyptians? Apparently Hippocrates prescribed the leek as a cure for a nosebleed.* Not sure how this would work… do you eat it to stop the bleeding or just stick it up your nose?

Leeks have a lot of health benefits, which I actually didn’t even know about and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. I found this interesting table which shows leeks nutrient value**; I hope it will be of interest to you too.

Leeks nutrient value

Do you remember my post about The Most Avoided Foods? Leeks have the honoured 38th place… that’s a lot of people who are avoiding leeks out there ;-(

This week we are moving into something darker… no more green and happy colours…

Who / What Am I?

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Have a great Friday everyone and enjoy your weekend!

And eat some leeks… and apples too!

Do you know that Putin put a ban on Polish fruit and veggies including apples? Apparently for a “sanitary reasons” (yeap… right!) Polish farmers need you – #JedzJabłka #EatApples and join the Polish campaign by liking Eat Apples to Annoy Putin Facebook page!

#EatApples