Today, I thought I'd make a soup for lunch. Half day for the 'student' to study and Hubby working close to pop home for lunch. I'd already made the brown bread early this morning, we have left over ham from a joint we had earlier in the week so I decided leeks, potatoes & ham compliment each other beautifully . Great choice, easy & quick with minimum ingredients but big on taste. A mixture between a ploughman's & Wintery Warmers.
4 Small Potatoes
1 Large Leeks
Ham Stock/Ham Stock Cube
Ham & Granary Sandwich & Ploughman's Nibbles.
- Peel the potatoes, halve & quarter then cut into 1/8's.
- Add the potato portions to a saucepan of cold water. Usually I rinse the potatoes in cold water, but for potato & leek soup I don't, allowing the excess starch to bring a thickness & creamy texture to the soup.
- Bring to the boil & allow to cook on a high heat for around 10 mins. Then put the lid onto the soup, continue to simmer for about an hour.
- Top & tail the leek. score the middle length of the leek with a sharp knife. Open the layers up & wash thoroughly in cold water. Slice into thick chunks add the the potatoe soup. Add ham stock or a ham stock cube. Allow the leeks just to sit & cook without stirring. Put the lid back on & simmer for further 15 mins.
- Whilst soup is finishing off make the sandwiches. Slice the brown loaf, add some mayo, tear the ham from the joint. On a side plate add a little slither of cheese, an apple, cherry plum tomatoes & pickled onions if the recipients aren't too shy to devour onions during the day :)
- Add slice of brown bread next to soup bowl, to enjoy with the soup alone. Butter is optional.
- Warm the soup bowl up & serve immediately.
- Quick, easy, tasty, nutritional & economical.
- Home made lunches are the best! All of the above can be flasked & packed up ready to be taken to enjoy at work or Uni. One large saucepan of soup can last a good few days, the homemade bread & remaining meat from the ham joint will enable tasty sandwiches for the rest of week. Even if you take the same meat, same soup you can add chutney to the sarni one day, tomatoes another day, cheese another . .. its worth the effort & pleasure.
Our darling daughter never thinks to make a soup or prepare food in advance for the week ahead. I'm trying to share with her all of the thrifty resourcefulness my parents & grandparents needed to utilise when they were teens. Bless, they didn't even have much available to them, let alone be reliant upon convenience fast food or shop bought sarni's. Considering all thats available now for our daughter to purchase between here & her place of study - too many & too much junk!! Thus its a challenge but one I will confront til I have no breath left !!!! :)
I'm thinking bigger picture here, what is her generation going to leave as their legacy . . microwaved, processed, fast food??!!! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ;)