Adventures from the Allotment
Top of the Crops – Leeks
At a recent frosty trip to our allotment I found myself out of breathe pulling up dirty and icy leeks. Most people on the allotment seem to have given up growing them due to the numerous diseases the leeks can get. However, with no effort on our part they seemed to have spectacularly escaped and look pretty good.
This year, we did buy them as plug plants from the old fashioned and wonderful Smiths in Mayford, I usually start them off from seeds myself, due to a house move we kept life simple. Sometimes I clean them up by the compost, but my fingers were numb from the cold, so I did trimmed them on our driveway instead. Soon after, they were transformed into a favourite Winter warming leek and potato soup –
Leek & Potato Soup Recipe
- chop leeks into roughly 1/2 cm thick slices
- gently sweat in large knob of butter and oil for about 20 minutes with lid on
- add 2 medium peeled and cubed potatoes
- cover with 1.5l of light vegetable stock
- boil for about 30 minutes and then blend.
- serve with cheese, chopped parsley and crusty bread
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