To celebrate the launch of the British Leek season 2015 starting on the November 1st, the British Leek Growers Association has teamed up with top food blogger, Dominic Franks, the creative brains behind leading food blog Belleau Kitchen to develop a range of flavoursome new recipes based around a theme of 'informal indulgence.'
This soup is a wonderfully contemporary take on the classic leek and potato soup. Swapping out the potato for the cauliflower reduces the carbs but keeps it just as creamy. The lemongrass adds the most incredible fresh zingy taste. This soup is stunning served warm and spicy or can be served chilled in the summer.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 1 medium onion - finely chopped
- 3 leeks - washed and trimmed and chopped, reserve handful for garnish
- 1 medium cauliflower - roughly chopped
- 1 stick of lemongrass - snapped in three places but still together
- A handful of fresh or frozen peas
- 500ml veg stock
- 150ml coconut milk
- A large nob of butter (remember Leeks LOVE butter!)
- Olive oil
- A pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Small red chilli to garnish
In a large pan, gently heat a large knob butter and a little drizzle of olive oil, add your onion and let them sweat a little until they begin to turn translucent, then throw in your leeks and cauliflower and stir.
Add the lemongrass, turn the heat down to the lowest, place the lid on and let the vegetables sweat for at least 5 mins until they are soft, then add the peas and pour in the stock and coconut milk.
Let it bubble gently for another 10 minutes then turn off the heat and let it cool a little. Remove the stick of lemongrass before whizzing up with a stick blender, if necessary add more stock or milk to reach desired consistency. Finely cut a small red chilli and a little leek to garnish and serve.
Find out more about British Leek season here: http://www.britishleeks.co.uk/