The warmer temperature and beautiful weather really make me feel so HAPPY! The fresh Spring air and the greenery really are uplifting! Flowers starting to bloom and trees beginning to bud…How can you not be excited? Know what I’m excited about?
Fruits and veggies that are in season — and those that grow in the wild! Rhubarb, asparagus, fiddle heads, and leeks are out now. Eating local and in season is very important to us living on a farm. Oh, I still buy grapes and produce that are not local or in season, but I try to keep to buying mostly local and in season. If I’m craving grapes or need pineapple for a recipe, I don’t mind buying them since I know most of our food comes from either our farm or local farmers and farmers’ markets.
Since we took our friends on an edible wilds tour on our farm on the weekend, people have been asking for my Cream of (Wild) Leek and Potato Soup recipe. Here it is!
Cream of Leek and Potato Soup
5 c. wild leeks, washed and coarsely chopped (6 large store bought leeks or 5 cups wild leeks)
6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled & diced
1 qt. water
1 qt. chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. light cream or milk
- Melt butter in saucepan. Add leeks and coat until soft.
- Add potatoes, onions, water, salt and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Simmer 45 minutes.
- Press soup through a sieve, or whirl in a blender to make a smooth puree. I usually add the milk or cream at the end, right before serving. You don’t have to do this, but make sure when you add the milk or cream, your soup isn’t boiling. You don’t want to make the milk curdle. Heat, serve in cups with a pat of butter floating in each (if you wish). If you don’t want to puree, you don’t have to. My husband and daughter like their soups chunky, but I like mine silky smooth. I left the soup chunky for them though.
I’m all about eating fruits and vegetables in season. There’s nothing quite like the flavours of fruits and veggies freshly picked and grown locally! Right now the rhubarb is up and plentiful. I’m excited for our strawberries to come! The strawberry plants are looking great right now and I can’t wait for strawberry season! The end of June/early July can’t come any sooner! I’m waiting impatiently!
If you’re looking for recipes that call for these in season items, check out these recipes on the Life Made Delicious site:
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