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Leek and Potato Soup with Oven Baked Garlic Croutons

Smart chefs call this Vichyssoise but to me it has always been leek and potato, one of the great peasant soups.

Potatoes are at their healthiest and most nutritious when eaten with their skin. Only organic potatoes are free from repeated treatments with pesticides, fungicides used to control blight – around 8 to 10 applications whilst growing and then treated again after harvesting to improve keeping. Organic potatoes contain 25% more zinc, essential for natural resistance, appetite, sense of taste and male fertility.

375 g / 12 oz small organic potatoes, unpeeled and quartered
1 large sliced onion
2 leeks, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
50 g / 2 oz butter
900 ml / 1 ½ pints vegetable stock
150 ml / ¼ pint double cream
pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

Garlic croutons:
Cut 4 thick slices of coarse wholemeal bread.

Brush both sides with a little extra virgin olive oil and bake in a medium oven until hard but not burnt.

Then rub each slice with squashed garlic cloves, remove crusts and cut in half inch cubes. Delicious and much healthier than ready made or even your own deep fried croutons.

In a large saucepan melt the butter, sweat the garlic for 2 minutes then add leeks, potatoes, and onions and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add the stock and Simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Liquidize, add chives, pepper and cream.

With lots of potassium, vitamin C, and minerals, as well as a good helping of fibre, this is the perfect soup, hot or cold, for coughs, colds, sore throats, gout and arthritis.

 

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