03 December, 2012

Potato Leek Potage

Hopefully it's just the change of season but I don't want to eat salad these days.  Raw vegetables are mostly unappetizing, or if a carrot, edible but slightly stomach churning into almost an...ache.  Oh, and I don't feel like cooking much either.  What is happening?  It's a minor crisis of the kitchen...

I tried this easy potage (a thick soup) to lighten the mood - one pot, six ingredients, herbs and seasoning.  Forty minutes later and it's country delicious.

(serves 4-5 people)
5 small potatoes
1 extra large leek (or 2-3 smaller ones)
3 small turnips
1 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
5 cups of vegetable stock
1/4 cup of cream
salt and pepper

Scrub, rinse and chop the potatoes and turnips into small pieces.  Slice the white part of the leek lengthwise, clean out the layers of dirt, and slice thinly.

In a large pot melt the butter over medium high heat then add the vegetables.  Cook, stirring for about 3 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of stock or water.  Cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add some thyme and salt and pepper.  Then add the remaining stock - there should be about one inch of liquid above the vegetables.  Bring to a boil then simmer for at least 25 minutes until vegetables are tender.  You can keep cooking them for another 15-20 minutes to further reduce the liquid and watch the potatoes start to crumble.  Stir in the cream at the last few minutes.  Taste for seasoning and then serve.

I served the soup with savoury crackers and soft cheese on the side.