2.23.2010

Potato, Leek & Fennel Soup

My on going bathroom renovation leaves for little time in the kitchen. This Potato, Leek & Fennel Soup is a variation of a recipe from Cruistot. A French restaurant in Palm Springs.
Add a loaf of crusty French Bread.............................................
A simple salad of fresh baby greens in a Parmesan Crisp..................................
And everyone is happy.................................................................................

Potato, Leek & Fennel Soup

2 tablespoons butter
2 cups sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1 sliced fennel bulb, fronds reserved for garnish
1 box free-range chicken broth
1 pint half and half
2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Melt butter in large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and fennel and sauté until leeks are translucent. Add broth and potatoes - bring to a boil. Reduce heat to meduim-low. Simmer soup until potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes. Working in batches, purée soup in blender. Return to same pot and season with salt and pepper and stir in Half & Half. Re-warm if necessary. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with reserved fennel fronds.

Photography By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Sotto Il Monte Vineyards

9 comments:

  1. Ry this looks just like my kind of dinner...
    Just gorgeous and it must have been as delicious as it looks...
    That soup would hit the spot on this rainy,sleet and snow filled day...

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  2. Yum. Okay, so I am going for something simpler today. Chili with cornbread, and maybe a cold beer........I don't know, it is pretty cold over in our neck of the woods! By the way, took your advice and we are listing with Phyllis Browning in SA - should give us a much broader potential buyer pool! Lovely post - it might even inspire me to be more creative tomorrow night.

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  3. That is a 5 star meal to me:)
    I applaud you making it all so beautiful while doing what you are doing!Even if you were not:)I love the BIG crisp too!

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  4. Yum this looks divine Ry! Even though it's Summer here, we've had a craving for Vietnamese Pho Soup (the Asian equiv. of Jewish Chicken Soup!), so that's whats on the menu at The Hedge tonight. I do hope you are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with your bathroom renos. Have been thinking of you, labouring away!
    Millie ^_^

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  5. this is so gorgeous! you truly are wonder woman, from hanging sheetrock to 5 star beautiful meals... heavy sigh!

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  6. Simple yet elegant and satisfying meal for any lifestyle. I love your blog...
    ~Really Rainey~

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  7. What a yummy meal, really like the salad in the parmesan crisp!

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  8. Cara Ry,

    Potato & Leek soup - my kind of Slow Food. I'll try it w fennel next time. The way you display the dish, it become a top class meal. In attesa del bagno.... Bacione e tante belle cose, Ingrid

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  9. ... yes this would make me very happy and full!

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