Leek and Potato Soup

I remember reading somewhere that leeks are really expensive in North America.  Is that true?  I mean, are they much more expensive than your average red onion, for example?

Hope not.  But even if they are, leek and potato soup is well worth a splurge.  I’ve not been very well over the last few days and I’m putting my swifter-than-I-though-possible recovery down to this recipe.  Thank you, Leek Growers’ Association:)

 

15 thoughts on “Leek and Potato Soup

  1. Yes, they’re ridiculously expensive here, especially on the West Coast. Although I ran out of room in this year’s winter garden, I hope to grow them next year.

    The soup looks delicious.

    I think I’m coming down with what you just had, so I guess I’ll have to go out and invest in some leeks.

  2. Supposedly they’re more labor, but someone said if you find a farmer that grows them & purchase directly, they’re much cheaper. Now a question… Does Marco squirm as much as Rosy when being groomed? :)

  3. I don’t think they’re wildly expensive. I wish we could grow them, though! I love’em on pizza. :-) Hope your feeling better soon. Working with kids is like handling petri dishes.

  4. Yep – they’re totally more expensive, and they have nowhere NEAR the flavor they have over here. Plus: they don’t have anywhere near the sulfur content in the States than they have over here (speaking as the spouse of someone who’s allergic to sulfur compounds). The leeks in the US are … weak. Totally weak, utterly different than the leeks over here.

    Before we came over here, we thought, “what, Wales is … vaguely flavor-filled? Sort of onion-ish?” Then we got here, tasted the leeks, and understood: “OH! Leeks … are radically different in the UK!”

  5. I’ll make this tomorrow (or may be thursday as I’m closing up shop tomorrow). But God be damned if I’m going to peel my potatoes. What’s the point if you’re going to liquidize them anyways? Shame on you LGA. Show me some skin.

  6. Leeks are about $2/lb in Vancouver (Canada). Red onions would be about $0.70/lb. The leeks are very mild flavoured, almost anaemic.

  7. Christina – Oh no. Be well. xx

    Dominic – Lol! They have frost on them. No furry leeks round here. :)

    Two Barking Dogs – OK. So more expensive than here but not extortionate.

    Kim – The people that owned Marco before me were into showing dogs so Marco was VERY used to being groomed by the time we got him. He doesn’t love it but he doesn’t wriggle.

    Ken – Thank you!

    Johanna – It’s an old photo from a couple of years ago. I like it very much though.

    Alex – You are correct. That comment did make me giggle though.

    Nip it in the Bud – I am, thank you. :)

    Leslie – It really is. Feel like wearing a mask some days.

    DaviMack – It’s the texture I love. So silky when cooked.

    Andrew – Ah, good point. Skin is good.

    Lisa – That’s a pity, indeed. They tend to be really tasty here. Very popular veg in Scotland though.

    Trekkie – Almost. Almost….

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