November 4, 2009

Live, Love & Eat

It goes something like that anyway.

There are times in your life when you are reminded that life is far, FAR too short. Every now and then it comes around and just gives you a gentle (or not so gentle) reminder. I often don't let it bother me too much, but sometimes life's nudge is so big it's hard not to think on it for a while.

Right now, for me, it's one of those moments. One of those moments where I want to connect with the "Earthy" things that make me deliciously happy to be alive. For me some of those things are driving my car fast, drinking an incredible bottle of wine, getting into bed with clean sheets, walking on grass with bare feet, listening to music as loud as your ears will take it, having a massage and then the absolute...eating (or cooking) an amazing meal.

On the eating front I want to cook something that is simple, tasty, earthy and a bit reflective. Impossible you say??? Well...maybe...but I knew what I wanted to cook before I started on my soap box :) My tummy wants home made potato and leak soup...and I have a great recipe that my family loves and feeds the 3 of us adults comfortably (with leftovers) at a more than reasonable price.

Leeks and Onions

Potatoes

Here's my recipe.

Potato and Leek Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 leek chopped
1 stick of celery chopped (if no celery, make it 2 leeks.)
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon garlic
4 cups chicken stock
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup full cream milk
2 teaspoons parsley

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, celery and leeks, sauté gently until soft. Add garlic. Stir in flour and parsley and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in stock.

Add potatoes, bring to the boil, simmer gently for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Stir in milk and seasonings.

Puree soup in blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6 (or 3 hungry people)

Potato and Leek Soup

In this one I experimented and added pasta and bacon to the mix. It didn't turn out the greatest, so now I am a complete advocate for just simple potato and leek soup...no frills.

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