Leek, Potato & Lavender Soup

Flowers and herbs give soups a unique flavour – lavender has been used in cooking for many years. It is fairly pungent, so do not use too much.

Serves: 4–6

Preparation: 30 minutes + cooking time: 30 minutes

Plus: Freezing: recommended

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • 2 Leeks, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 450g Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 850ml Vegetable Stock
  • 300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 6 Lavender sprigs, tied in a piece of muslin, plus a few petals, to garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 4–6 tablespoons Crème Fraîche, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large lidded saucepan.
  2. Add the white parts of the leeks and sweat, covered, shaking the pan from time to time, until softened but not browned.
  3. Add the potatoes and stir thoroughly.
  4. Add the stock, milk and lavender flowers.
  5. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the green parts of the leeks for the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  7. Remove the soup from the heat and leave to cool briefly.
  8. Remove the bundle of lavender and then blend until smooth.
  9. Adjust the seasoning if necessary and then reheat gently.
  10. Serve garnished with a spoonful of crème fraîche and a few lavender petals.

This recipe is from Homemade Soups by Grace Mulligan & Dilwen Phillips and published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 ISBN 978-1-47110-176-2 priced £12.99

For the complete list of WI books please send a SAe to WIE 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY


FUENGIROLA- SOUTHERN SPAIN. Beautiful apartment in exclusive area close to beach and town. Tel: 07703 108742. www.pueblalucia.com

SALLY'S COTTAGES award-winning, self-catering Lake District cottage Holidays www.sallyscottages.co.uk
sally@sallyscottages.co.uk, 017687 80571

DEVON / SOMERSET BORDER 4 star cottages in glorious countryside, indoor pool, sauna, pets welcome.

Tel 01398 331280 www.threegatesfarm.co.uk

COSY LAKELAND COTTAGE, near Cockermouth, peaceful, lovely walks, TV, Sleeps 2. 01768480393 www.stycottage.co.uk