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Leeks are still at their seasonal best in February.  If you are lucky enough to still have some in your garden try harvesting a few for our fabulously tasty, cheeky leeky soup. 

 

If not you will find lots in the supermarket, and because they are in season they will be well priced and hopefully from a local supplier.

Growing your own vegetables is fun and there is nothing better than the taste of something you have grown yourself.  …And with the trip from plot to plate taking no time at all, you get to enjoy the full flavour and nutritional goodness of every mouthful!  For lots of gardening goodies – raised beds to compost bins, patio gros to potato bags take a look at www.recycleworks.co.uk.

Ingredients

4 medium leeks
3 large floury potatoes
olive oil
75 cL vegetable stock
25 cL milk
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Peel the leeks and potatoes and chop
  2. Fry the leeks in a dash of olive oil until soft
  3. Add in the potatoes, plus a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well
  4. Heat through gently for a few minutes
  5. Add the stock and milk, turn up the heat and simmer for around 25 minutes until the potatoes are cooked
  6. Allow the soup to cool a little
  7. Blend until smooth
  8. Add a little more water if required for your desired consistency
  9. Serve with a teaspoon of cream drizzled on the top along with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds

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I was reading in the press recently that during this much talked about credit crunch, the popularity of take away food is soaring.  Apparently as a nation we have forgotten how to cook, and as less people can afford to eat out, we are resorting to fast food instead.

Over the next few weeks we thought we would try to offer up some alternatives in the form of good value, delicious family recipes. 

These will take no more than a few minutes to prepare and all  have been tried and tested on my own family. 

Our first offering is a cream of onion soup.   Dora and Jemima tried it at the weekend, described it as deeeeeeeeeelicious and both asked for more, so I thought that was a pretty good recommendation.   I have also cooked this as a starter at a dinner party, so it’s pretty versatile.  All the ingredients cost less than £3 and the quantities here serve around 4 people.

Ingredients

700g onions
1 medium potato
2 leeks
1 clove garlic
A little butter
900 ml vegetable stock
Some cream

What to do

  1. Peel and chop all the vegetables
  2. Fry them in a pan with a little butter until they begin to soften
  3. Add the stock and simmer for 25 minutes or until the potato mashes easily with a fork
  4. Blend the soup
  5. If it is a little thick just add a bit more stock or a dash of milk (if you want it really creamy)
  6. Stir in a little cream before serving

My girls suggest serving it with some cheese on toast, as this goes well with the flavour of the onions and is so much yummier than normal bread.

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