Leek and potato soup with mushrooms and repeat offenders


After a busy week for tumbles — my husband fell backwards off his horse and frontwards off his bike — we had planned to go the beach for lunch on Sunday. Léo however had other plans; he performed a forward somersault off his bike and landed on his already twice-fractured arm.

Emergency departments are never a pretty sight, but even less so on Sunday mornings when they’re full of bloody rugby players (I don’t have anything against rugby players, but they always seem to have blood spouting from somewhere), and the dregs of Saturday night. As they fast track young children, I told Léo to make himself look little, which, as he’s over 6ft now, made me sound a bit insane.

The receptionist greeted us like old friends and commented more than once on the fact that our family’s records took up a substantial amount of room on her database. As this was potentially his fourth broken arm (he once very efficiently broke them both at the same time), she wondered if he might have any deficiencies. I said that yes, I was convinced he had a number of deficiencies: fear and common sense to name but two. She looked at me strangely and said that she had be thinking more along the lines of calcium or vitamin D. In the end, it turned out that his arm wasn’t broken, just badly dented, which didn’t really sound much better to me, but I suppose it made for a change. For some reason, on our way out I felt compelled to shout over to the receptionist like a madwoman that his arm wasn’t properly broken this time. I felt the need to justify as she’d made me feel like a repeat offender. I suppose she might have a point…

Leeks are an extremely rich source of  vitamin K which is surprisingly important for bone health. Mind you, so is avoiding falling off your horse or bike. Vitamin K has repeatedly been shown to help avoid bone fractures. Leeks also contain substantial quantities of vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and are a rich source of allicin, a sulphur-containing compound with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Ingredients (serves 6)

45g butter

6 small leeks, rinsed and diced

2 large potatoes, peeling and diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 shallots, peeled and chopped

1 thyme sprig

2 bay leaves

500ml chicken stock  (or vegetable if you prefer)

1 teaspoon paprika

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons crème fraîche

85g mushrooms, sliced

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leeks, potatoes, garlic, shallots and thyme and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add the stock and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Remove the thyme and bay leaves. Blend the soup until smooth and add the crème fraîche. Fry the mushroom in a little butter until golden brown, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add a spoonful of mushrooms to each bowl of soup and serve.

19 responses to “Leek and potato soup with mushrooms and repeat offenders

  1. Well it seems that your family keeps the emergency room well funded. You and your family are fearless, I’m sure that Hugo would have some insight into this. The soup is wonderful, I just cleaned and chopped 3 large leeks and add them to soup and quiche and so much of what I make. This soup just screams cool weather and Autumn, just beautiful.

  2. OMG, just try and keep your feet on the ground all of you and stop trying to be too heroic! Glad it wasn’t broken this time!! This soup sounds like a definite for this week! Try and stay safe during the holidays! Xx

  3. I have to give this recipe a try sometime soon. The soup sounds very delicious.

  4. I loved this! You’re so funny, and you have a serious talent for writing. The soup sounds delicious and very simple to make. Since it’s getting quite a chilly around here, I think I’m going to make it!

  5. Ooh, I love me a good leek soup! Thanks for the recipe! Also hope your husband’s tumbling days are over 😊
    Katja xxx

  6. I always love a good and tasty comfort food, soup included. The leek and potato soup looks so good. Yum

  7. looks yummy, I will try this recipe! perfect for fall!
    xo, Margot

  8. I have never made my own soup will have to give it a try! Looks yummy!

  9. This sounds amazing!! I’ll have to keep this for the cooler weather coming my way!

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