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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

An unexpected gift from my garden




My Leeks survived the winter.
They made a simple soup with only a few ingredients: leeks, milk,
a little rendered duck fat (or use home made chicken stock), black peppercorns, salt and bay leaf.





 
My leeks wintered over, packed within a foot of Autumn leaves and covered with several feet of snow.

 A few home made croutons complete the Lunch.


Be well my dear
Blogging Friends.

Gina





16 comments:

  1. Dear Gina - I get a real kick out of finding something in the garden that will provide us with a meal - very satisfying and a great freebie. Your soup looks both nutritious and very tasty.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, So true. When you are a gardener, especially in cold climates, you appreciate everything that volunteers or makes it through our harsh winters. The cost of our Lunch? Less than twenty cents each. It is like a gift. ox, Gina

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  2. Dear Gina - Your soup looks (and sounds) delicious, and it's always a pleasure to see how you marry together so many rich patterns.

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    1. Dear Mark, Do you cook? Have you discoverd soups? At our house it's easy to "marry patterns". Every now and then something comes out of the kiln that is not so perfect...my rejects come in many colors and sizes.

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  3. Now that is a hardy crop!
    The soup looks and sounds oh so so good. I have lately discovered laurel, in fact, I crave it. I put a leaf or two in most vegetable dishes.

    I remember being sent out into the garden on Christmas morning, picking brussels sprout from snow-covered stalks. They were delicious!

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    1. Dear Merisi, Exactly, Brussel Sprouts lose some of the bitter taste if they have been exposed to a few nights of freezing temperatures. Our tradition is to pick Brussel Sprouts on Thanksgiving morning. ox, Gina

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  4. Well, I know you must be Italian instead of German, because you definitely know how to celebrate daily life! Anything eaten in those lovely dishes would be good!

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  5. Dear Theresa, At one time, Catherine the Great, brought in farm workers from Northern Italy. No doubt I am a descendant from one of those families. There is too much Italian in me to be from pure East Prussian stock. ox, Gina

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  6. Dear Gina,your presentation of a simple soup is inspiring. A vase, a glass of golden wine,a silver spoon with your image barely visible, all placed on the great colors of the fabric underneath. Just lovely,
    Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, You have a keen eye for details! My image in the silver spoon? I better find out what state of dress or undress I'm in. Thank you for stopping by, it is so appreciated. ox, Gina

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  7. It looks so good, Gina! I love leeks, in fact, leek and potato soup is my favourite and I have to be careful when I make it, as I could have all of it myself!

    I like your photo. Your soup looks yummy!

    CIAO!

    ANNA
    x

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    1. Dear Anna, I'm so glad that you also like Leek Soup. It is such a simple soup but so nutritious. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by. ox, Gina

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  8. A lovely simple soup for spring. I'm glad your leeks are hardy and made it through the winter. Your place setting is beautiful with the lovely plate and bowl. Enjoy your soup!

    Pam

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  9. Thank you Tea in Texas and thank you also for visiting my blog. It is so appreciated. ox, Gina

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  10. Hi Gina, I love leek soup and this looks wonderful! I hope you are doing well and thank you for linking to the Open House party.
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you Sherry and thank you for your visit and comment. Thank you also for hosting your Open House party. Gina

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