Leek and Potato Soup

I am such a winter person, it’s almost offensive how winter I am.

I’m sorry carefree, sun-kissed, golden-haired sun goddesses. I do not function properly in the summer, I don’t know what to cook, wear or do. As soon as any sign of cold peeks its head out I start functioning like a real person in the real world again. For instance this recipe right here; just off the top of my head (based obviously on 17 years of living in the depths the icy north; aka Scotland) I just cannot think that way with salad or any kind of cold foods. My brain works well in the cold; puddings, soups, stews, roasts and layering. Also I think I study better in the cold dark weather.

I think I just came out as a yeti?

Anyway, soup is amazing.

Leek and Potato Soup

Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
1 Brown Onion
2 Rashers Bacon
1 Teaspoon of Thyme
1 Large Leek
1 Litre of Chicken Stock – I used Campbells Chicken stock, but If you make your own that’s pretty awesome!
5 Small Potatoes or 3 Medium
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot, enough to thoroughly cover the onions and soften the leeks, roughly 3 tablespoons. Dice onion and garlic and add to heated oil.

Add the bacon and thyme to the pot; keep bacon whole. Fry bacon until it is nearly crispy, then remove and place on paper towel to drain and cool.

Chop the leek roughly and wash. Add washed leek to the pot and stir until softened.

Add half of the chicken stock. Dice potatoes and add to pot.

Cover with the rest of the stock and stir.

Cover all the luscious green goodness with a lid and simmer for half an hour.

I hope you’ve read all of this in a Welsh accent; did you know leeks are the national dish of Wales?

Hopefully after that half an hour the potatoes are soft! Mash them up a bit.Add the parmesan at this point, freshly grate it!Making sure you have a deep pot so you don’t get splattered, blend the soup with an immersion blender.  I had to change pots, that’s totes cool.

Serve with chopped crispy bacon and fresh crusty bread. Ah-mazing.I’ll admit I probably didn’t invent this (read: definitely didn’t) however these are all my measurements and I did this off the top of my head.