Monday, May 10, 2010

Cream of Leek and Potato Soup

My children would never eat a leek even if I dangled them a carrot (haha, how corny)! Hey, that's three different veggies in one sentence. :D

Anyway, the last time I made Prawn and Leek Fried Rice, I had some leeks leftover and I already knew I wanted to make a soup with it. For me, soups (especially creamy ones) always work when I want to introduce new foods to my children.

Asparagus? Yuck.
Cream of Asparagus? Yum!


Cauliflower? Nooooo!
Cream of Cauliflower? Yum!


You get the idea.



By coincidence, Wiffy made a leek (and potato) soup first, so ... lucky me. I just went straight to her blog and saved myself a detour. :) Thanks, Wiffygal!

OK, so I tweaked the recipe somewhat. I added a little cream but omitted onions, and I made everything in one pot. I added a side dish of chicken tenders and that was my daughter's after-school late lunch. Which she thoroughly enjoyed, I might add. ;) Of course, I only told her about the leeks after she slurped up the last drop! Tell me, which mom isn't devious when it comes to making their children eat?

*cue evil laughter*

By which time, she had already fallen too deeply in love with this soup to care. In fact, she asked for it again the next day. ;) Told ya, creamy soups rawk!

Recipe
(adapted from noobcook)
- 1 knob butter
- 2 baby leeks, sliced thinly
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 250ml chicken stock
- 1 large floury potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 2 tbsps light cream
- Salt to taste
- Parsley and black pepper (for garnishing)



1. Melt butter in large and deep saucepan. And leeks and cook over gentle flame till soft. Add garlic. Allow aromas to mingle.

2. Pour in stock. Add potato and bring to the rolling boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until the potatoes are fork tender.

3. Use a potato masher to mash up everything up into a puree. Just mash directly in the pot.

4. Add light cream and stir well. I used a small whisk.

5. Season with salt and pepper, and behold, soup of the day is ready to be served!

PS: I just know there will be people asking for the chicken tenders recipe, so I'm telling you now, there is none. I simply marinated boneless chicken thigh meat overnight in pre-mix powder and fried them the next day.

18 comments:

  1. P.S. Did I tell you how OVERJOYED I am that you brought the comment section back? Oh, I did?! hehehe

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  2. I was going to be one of those people to ask about the chicken tenders. What kind of powder are you talking about?

    This soup looks so easy to make and so delicious. Your photos are amazing. You should take a photo of your new camera!!

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  3. Lovely bowl of soup. And plus chicken tenders? Maybe I should make this when I come back next for my parents. wonder if they will like it.

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  4. Leek taste fabulous in soups.
    I love them when made into ommelettes

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  5. Great shots! Your DSLR was a great investment really. It's funny how I too hate leek but madly in love with potato and leek soup. Looks creamy, no doubt your girl loves it!

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  6. Can u beleive I actually went to hotmail to comment inspite of seeing the comment form open! :D habits die hard

    lovely soup Ju....beautiful colour with that subtle hint of green. who wouldn't love that!

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  7. Oh wow, that soup looks delicious! I LOVE potato and leeks, they work so well together. This would be awesome with crusty toasted bread - YUM!

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  8. LOL! They like everything rich, creamy and smooth! Potatoes?No Way!
    Cream of potatoes?: SURE!

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  9. Very nice!...especially loved the "...if the cook thinks you're cute!"

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  10. Ju, this is one of my favorite soup!! I always love the combo of leek and potato! Ya know, I don't just drink our regular (Chinese) soups like ABC, lotus with ribs or daikon with carrots!

    Also, SPLENDID SHOTS and STYLING!!! Keep it up! Look forward to more of your work!

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  11. You're funny, and oh-so-devious! ;) Like us moms have to be sometimes!
    I was going to make some potato leek soup too. I had the leeks and just picked up some potatoes. This one looks great, I'll leave out the onions and add some cream too. Thanks!

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  12. Porri e patate, una zuppa fantastica.
    Ciao Daniela.

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  13. Oh lucky daughter...i would love this whole meal myself!
    Gorgeous pics Little T! Glad to see your comments back!
    L~xo

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  14. your photos are superb! I love the slightly chunky look of your soup ... and thanks for the mention ^^

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  15. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...this is also a classic Belgian soup!! I so love the topping: very special & apart too!

    How are you, girl?? I haven't seen you in a while!

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  16. This soup is classic and suitable for all seasons throughout the year.
    Love your presentation of the soup.

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  17. Lick the leek soup sounds more lame! Hahah! But I reckon nothing is left from such delicious soup, so we could only lick the ....errr..."remnants" ?

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