Sunday, 14 July 2013

Impromptu Leek and Potato Soup

Here at the Summerhouse the online grocery shop was delivered yesterday, now the only problem with letting a exhausted brain fogged person order the shopping, is sometime things go a little wrong.  Sometime you end up with 3 bags, yes that's 6 kilo's of organic potatoes instead of the three baking potatoes that you thought you'd ordered, oppsie daisies.

So you could say that at the Summer house right now we have potatoes galore, and it's not like we normally eat many potatoes around these parts. A small bag of new potatoes and the three baking potatoes were are lot for the months shop eek.

So last night I quickly hatched a plan of things to make with all these spuds.  I don't really do the cooking around these parts as I'm just not well enough these days. So I needed to think of something quick, easy and low energy to make, that's friendly to my food intolerances so here it is:

Dairy Free Leek and Potato Soup  

I basically cook as my Grandad taught me by making it up as I go along, he was a great cook and always used to say 'that's what all the best chefs do !!'

So here's what I used in case you want to give it a go:
  • 1 leek
  • 2 onions
  • 1 stick celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
Soften this little lot up in pan with some olive oil. I then added
  • 1lb Diced potatoes
  • Vegetable Stock cube (I used a kallo yeast free one, pesky intolerance's again)
  • mixed herbs
  • bay leaf
  • Sea salt
I covered the vegetables with water letting it simmer for 20 minutes, while I had a rest.  I then added a little tamari sauce to taste and whizz the whole lot up in the food processor.

and Ta-Dah

My soup was made, if you wanted you could also add a little cream although this soup turned out surprising creamy just as it was. I love making soups, they are what I tend to make if I have the energy to cook, as they are super healthy, low energy makes, especially if like me someone chops up all the veggies for you.

Just put it all in a pan and leave it to cook away by itself.  This ones full of immune boasting garlic and onions as well as vitamin C and and leeks contain lots of trace mineral vitamins and iron. Nothing like a bit of comfort food, although probably more suited to Autumn. 

Now we just need to figure out what to make with the other two and half bags of potatoes. I think a bag is destined for my sister and her family.

Clare x


  1. It sounds delicious, thank you for the recipe. If you liked baked potatoes, they keep well in the fridge and would make good lunches during the week if you're able to reheat them.

  2. This is the kind of thing that happens to me and I look at things that come out of the bags and think "where did they come from?", check the list and find that somehow it was me who ordered them! Your soup looks very good and in very got weather soup is actually rather welcome I find as the extra fluid is good. Enjoy! E x

    1. I know that feeling E, I had some for lunch today and it was lovely, your so right about soup in hot weather. When I was at college I worked in a restaurant at the weekends and we used to sell so much soup in the hot weather. I hope you're enjoying the sunshine xx

  3. Your granddad sounds a lot like my dad. He did the same thing. Make it up as you go and it always turned out great although sometimes a bit spicy. Hope you're having a great week!

    1. It's best kind of cooking making it up as you go along :)xx