Sunday, February 19, 2012

Souper ideas

I love soup, could eat it every day. I just find it really nice and comforting. Soup is perfect to make in a large amount and then fridge or freeze it depending on how soon you're going to eat it :)

I don't have a set recipe, just judge the amounts for yourself! (I'm horrible at estimating portions, etc.)
Potato and Leek Soup 
Olive Oil
~4 cups or 2 cubes Chicken Stock (or vegetable) 
1 large onion, chopped 
~3-4 Leeks, sliced (can use most of it, just not the very top though)
~4 Potatoes (large, white) peeled and chopped 
Heavy Cream (optional) 

-Heat olive oil in a large soup pot.  Add the onions and cook until translucent, not browned.  Add the chopped potatoes and chicken stock, cook for 5 minutes, bringing it to a boil.

-Next add the leeks.  Cover and lower heat to simmer.

-When the potatoes are cooked and tender, turn the heat off and let stand to cool a bit.

- Transfer to a food processor, or use a hand blender to puree until smooth. 

- Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like, add the cream to blend or top off with at the end. Serve with some crusty bread and cheese.

[tip* wash leeks very well...they grow in sand and you don't want any grit in your soup!]

Also remember to eat seasonally and locally! It saves on costs in transportation...both in $$ and for the environment! Right now in the UK, leeks, cabbage and kale are at their peak.  Check what's in season in your area if you're not sure.

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