My friends joke about how domestic I am - I have been referred to as a '5Os housewife' numerous times. I love cooking and baking, and I like things to look neat and cosy (spell check is trying to tell me cosy isn't a word. I beg to differ spell checker!) and presentable. I like to know people are happy and comfortable. I even like cleaning. Most of the time my clothes at least match. So I can see where the image has come from.
Today, I am the exactly opposite of this image. I feel awful, I am clearly getting the flu. I get colds and viral things alot, because my immune system isn't very good. Normally I just have a sit down day and then push through it, but this one has floored me a bit. So this soup has been made by a girl wearing mismatched pjs, socks and a blanket, In a flat that needs tidying. A girl who didn't get up till 10 and has been watching TV(Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Everwood and Project Runway so far), drinking Earl Grey tea and not moving much since.
Some people might wonder why I am even bothering to make soup. I was going to make it yesterday, after my job interview, and ended up making frozen chips, mozzarella and bacon for my dinner instead(It was gooood). The thing is, I need soup, It's one of the things that automatically makes me feel better. I need soup that is a bit stodgy and essentially a proper meal, that has lots and lots of flavour. I need a big, huge pot of soup so that I don't have to cook again until Dave comes home tomorrow and can cook for me. And so I made this soup, my mum's leek and potato soup, with the addition of some bacon and some mustard. If you ask me, there aren't many (savoury) things that bacon and mustard can't make better.
Leek, Potato and Bacon Soup
(Recipe by my mum, and added to by me)
2tbsp EV olive oil
2 small red onions (if you use brown onions, add 1 clove of garlic, minced)
2 small carrots
4 rashers of smoked bacon, roughly chopped
5 pints stock (i used chicken, but any would be fine),
1-2 tbsp French wholegrain mustard
5 medium potatoes, roughly cubed (I used Roosters, also I don't remove the skin blend the soup)
Salt and pepper to taste (I used 7 twists of pepper and a pinch of salt)
- grate onions, carrots and one of the leeks
- heat oil in large soup pot, add grated veg and bacon
- cook till veg is soft and bacon is cooked through
- add 4 pints of stock and mustard, simmer for 3 mins
- chop remaining leeks into 1-2cm pieces
- add leeks and soup to the pot simmer 45 mins
- stir occasionally, and top up with stock if needed
- in last 15 mins, mash mixture occasionally, and add salt a pepper to taste
- I blended it, but its nice just mashed a bit too
I had this with white bread (carbs all the way), out of a cup,sitting on the sofa in my pjs and watching tv. This soup is perfect when you are ill, because it's essentially a well balanced meal but isn't not difficult to eat with a sore throat. It's comforting and flavoursome, with a bit of smokiness from the bacon and a bit of spice from the mustard. Its good enough that I'll happily eat it for two days, which takes away the effort of making anything else.
P.s. Even if you aren't ill, it's really good, and it freezes really well, so its good 'one I prepared earlier' food! Also, if you use brown onions and pale skinned potatoes, the soup will look more like what you'd expect of potato and leek!