3.09.2015

Leek, Potato and Fennel Soup

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm so ready for winter to be over!  This last week has been a rough one with each and all of us coming down with the wretched flu, despite having had our flu shots.  Jim toughed it out and worked right through, while I, just gave in to it.  My daughter and her family have had it as well.  I worry so for my little grandson, but he, like the rest of us, has turned the corner and is now feeling better.  


One last bit of comfort food was in order and lots of Mint, Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea for the cough that lingers.


The fennel adds a slight anise flavor. 

Leek, Potato and Fennel Soup


Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 leeks, tender white parts with a little green only, thinly sliced, washed throughly
1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into small dice
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Salt to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)


Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.  add the sliced leeks, fennel and garlic along with a generous pinch of salt.  Cook without browning, just until the vegetables soften.

Turn the heat up to medium-high, add the potatoes, and stir.  Add the stock, and bring it up to a boil.  Turn down the heat again, and let the soup simmer for about 30 minutes, until the vegetables are all very soft.

Let the soup cool until no longer steaming, and then blend the soup using a hand or stand blender until it has a smooth, velvety consistency.  Season generously with salt and pepper and stir in the heavy cream (if using). 

Reheat and ladle the soup into bowls.  





Photos By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman

5 comments:

  1. Such an elegance to everything you touch~
    I am glad you ahve turned the corner on the flu..
    I know we worry about our littles..just like we did for our now bigger ones.
    Lovely to see you.

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  2. PS forgot to say how sweet suagr boy always looks:)

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    1. Thank you Monique. He is as sweet as he looks and makes his Nana and Gramps very happy:)

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  3. Feel better! The soup looks smooth as silk! Comfort food...cures what ails ya!

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    1. Thank you Linda. I'm finally feeling much better. Love the houses that you feature on your blog!

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