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Monday, April 13, 2015


I’m wishing autumn away and hoping that winter comes soon with this leek & potato soup. Whilst I love the sun, there’s nothing I love more than hearty winter meals. Leek & potato may sound like a bland combination, but when paired with thyme it is just magical. Thank you to Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans for the inspiration and for all your hearty & humble recipes. I love a filling meat-less dinner and what better way to start a week than with a filling, wholesome vegetable meal. Evans makes his own vegetable stock for this recipe, which I greatly admire (but did not 2 plus hours to do yesterday!). Hence I used water and unsweetened almond milk instead of stock, due its high sodium content. I further adjusted the recipe with a chunk less butter, less oil and less ingredients for a no-fuss soup.


  • 2 small tablespoons Nutalex or rice bran oil 
  • 2 leeks, white part only, washed & finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh thyme springs, stems discarded or 2 tablespoons dried thyme 
  • 2 heaped tablespoons garlic or regular chives, finely chopped 
  • 700g low-carb potatoes, such as Kestrels, peeled & chopped evenly into small cubes
  • 1 handful of fresh thyme springs, stems discarded or 2 tablespoons dried thyme 
  • 1 litre (4 cups) water 
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk 
  • a generous pinch of ground black pepper 
  • roughly chopped almonds & finely chopped thyme & chives, to serve 


1. Melt the Nutalex or oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When just melted add the leeks, thyme and garlic chives and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes or until the leeks are soft but not burnt. 

2. Add the potato cubes, water, almond milk and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer, lid on, for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender and are falling apart when touched with a utensil. 

3. Pour the soup into a blender / food processor and blend / process into a puree. 

Serve with a few almonds, thyme and/or chives sprinkled on top. 

Serve warm or cold. 

Serves / 4 as a main 
Preparation time / 15 minutes 
From pot to plate  / 35 minutes 

x Emily 

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