Monday, April 6, 2015

Leeky Potato loveliness...

I am going to completely bypass the fact that this is my first post in forever. Let's just focus on the fact that as a healthy, happy woman I am back into blogging mode! Thanks to those who sent kind words and good karma during, you know. Your positive vibes clearly worked. I truly, truly love you all for it. And in trying to pay it forward if I can do anything for any single one of you...all you have to do is say the word. 

But for now, the word most on my mind is this; Soup.  

I love making soups. There is something so satisfying about the whole process. Taking the raw ingredients. Washing, cutting, and making sure everything is prepped ready for the process.  Hubby and I are trying to eat good, whole, and as locally sourced foods as possible.  It isn't easy, and sometimes you have to just throw your hands in the air and give up over an ingredient that would be local for another 6 months...but we do try and we are very mindful of the issue.

So when shopping on Friday, knowing I had today off, I picked up some lovely fat Leeks.  I felt the need to soup it up today. Typically I make a large pot, and then freeze it in 1.5 cup freezer bags for work. Hubby doesn't like soup as much as I do so it's really a personal mission I am on.

I also picked up some wee potatoes, and some other fun stuff to make in my Monday Soup. 
However, when I got up this morning, I was feeling far from inspired since ittah bittah kittah is keeping us up a large portion of the night.  So we are quite exhausted and looking forward to Agatha not being such a kitten any longer. 

So, talking to a friend on Facebook, I became re-inspired. Come with me and take a gander... 

Leeky Potato Soup

First we start with some fat Leeks. Did you know that Leeks do the same as Onions and make you cry?  I didn't. Now I do.  I should have, but I am big enough to admit I didn't. Leeks may your eyes leeky.  See what I did there?

Oh my heck, is that? Wait I think it is! Some lovely Shallots and about 3 big old Garlic cloves.  Hellz yeah. This is going to be hundo p awesome.  Oh who am I kidding, I can't carry off cool-kid language anymore.  Those extra ingredients are going to make this really tasty!

After grabbing and melting a big glob of butter in the fry pan, I tossed those Leeky-Leeks in to melt them down.

The smell of the house is amazing at this point. All oniony and leeky and garlicy and slightly buttery.

And what did I do with all that goodness? Into the crock-pot you go!  But wait...there's more...

Oh yeah, look at this; tiny potatoes with, wait, whats that you see? Why yes, it's some tiny heirloom potatoes just to mix this shiznit up.

Plus it's good starch so that's nice too.

Making sure I well seasoned it, I plopped those bad boys into the crock-pot as well.  With a couple cups of organic chicken broth, I set it on low and walked away from it.

And when I say I walked away from it, I actually mean I meandered back to the couch, and called it a vay-cay day proper.  Although we are heading out for dinner shortly, at the time of this posting I am still in my jammies.  Yay Tina!

But back to the soup...

The view from above the crock.  Thought I'd show off some of my fave books as well. No, I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan...but I find those recipes to be healthy and wholesome and typically as a side to some sort of animal protein. Sorry, I am way too far up on the food chain to deny myself ethically raised, humanly butchered meat.

On that note: Please don't write me and tell me how bad meat is. I have done my research for my body and blood type. I tried going vegetarian but my iron levels just never adjusted. And, as a survivor, I am very aware of the foods, including meat, I ingest...and the proper portions to stay healthy.

In the meantime, let's take a look at my soup helpers...

Having let the Leeky Potato goodness cook on low for the last 6 hours, I get to break out the immersion blender and blend the hell out of that goodness!  Adding some 35% cream (just enough to make it creamy) we ended up with this loveliness...

...which turned into this excitement for me...

...since this means yummy lunches at work!

At the end of it all the house smelled amazing, I got my soup-making ya-ya's out and I will have healthy, good food for lunches that won't make my 'My Fitness Pal' app cry.  Added bonus, it really uses so few dishes that my kitchen can once again look clean and sparkly for the morning.

Special thanks to my friend Gordon. Although I had purchased the ingredients, I wasn't really feeling inspired to make the soup until a nice chat about how awesome food really is got my butt into gear!

And, yeah, I'm going to be blogging more. I miss the little notes from the people who like to read about my adventures. I am humbled that I may write about my adventures at all. 

May goodness surround you and yours. 


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