This afternoon I harvested what I thought would be a bumper crop of leeks. It was the first time I have ever grown them, and they did not turn out as expected. Instead of fat, white leeks, I ended up with skinny bulbous green leeks. The entire crop of about 20 plants were about the same size at 1 normal sized leek. I was a little disappointed, but didn't let it get me down. I will just have to read a bit more because there are a few things I think I didn't do right. I didn't blanch the stems by wrapping newspaper around them, or pile up mulch around each plant. I didn't thin them out enough. I don't think I fertilised them enough either. Oh well, there is always next season which is only about 4 months away before I plant some more for winter. Some growing tips from Olive and Popeye would be fantastic if they drop by the blog!
Now, not wanting to waste this humble offering of home grown leeks, I decided to make leek and potato soup. I have never tried to cook this before but have tasted this type of soup in a restaurant. I had to buy two more leeks from the grocer to add to my crop as the recipe calls for three leeks. I also used homegrown onions and garlic in my recipe.
Leek and Potato SoupServes 4
2 leeks, washed, sliced2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed2 cloves garlic, smashed1 brown onion, halved then sliced30gm butter2 sticks celery, slicedA sprig of thyme2 bay leavesWater
Salt & Pepper to season1. Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, add all the vegetables. Turn down the heat to a simmer and sweat for 10 minutes.2. Add the sprig of thyme and bay leaves, and add enough cold water to just cover the vegetables. Bring to boil, reduce and simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes or until the potato is soft.3. Remove the sprig and bay leaves and blend soup with hand blender until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Just add a little at a time until the desired taste is achieved. Bon Appetite!
I served it up with crusty home made bread. It was fantastic, and even Ben wolfed it down. We all found it very filling and just what was needed on a cool day.