Excuse me, do you work here? Update

Do you remember me talking about accosting innocent customers in garden centres and asking them gardening questions?

I approached a man back in May, who I thought was an employee but was, like me a customer. But he kindly put my mind at rest about my puny leeks.

Well, he was right. I didn’t need to panic, they have all grown into very fine specimens, even if I say so myself.

Not everything I have tried to grow has been a success, but we have a huge patch in one of the raised beds. I’m a very happy leek grower!

So today I have made – home made Leek and Potato soup.

As ever, I don’t really give specific quantities, it’s more how you feel and what you have in the cupboards. I did however pop down to my local Coop (where else) and purchased a French stick and some single cream to put with the aforementioned soup!

Leek from my garden Soup

4 leeks varying sizes

2 potatoes – peeled and chopped into cubes

1 large onion

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Knob of butter

2 chicken stock cubes

Boiling water

  • Wash the leeks and chop into small pieces. Put into pan.
  • Peel onion and chop into small pieces and put into the same pan! You can guess that the potato goes in too can’t you?
  • Add the Olive oil and butter and cook gently until onion and leeks are soft. The potato won’t be but it won’t matter.
  • Add the stock cubes and boiling water to cover the veg and simmer until the potato is cooked.
  • Remove ¾ of it and blend until smooth.
  • Return to the pan and either add the other ¼ of the un-blended leek mixture, or add a good glug of cream and re-warm.
  • Serve in bowls with another swirl of cream and a pile of the unblended leeks in the centre and pepper, or stir the leek mixture into the blended mixture and put into bowls. Does that make sense?!
  • Serve with crusty bread and butter – not any kind of margarine, it’s not the same.

Bon appetite.


  1. Sadie Barton
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anne,
    the soup sounds great. Will try it asap. Is this the last update? Or have I missed some with the move??????
    Sorry about last week, really felt sorry for myself too.
    Speak soon

  2. Kate
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anne,
    Haven’t seen an update for ages. You are coming back aren’t you? I’m hoping you’re just taking a winter break. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. Anne Barker
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello Sadie and Kate.
    Sorry for not writing for a while. With the bad weather, I’ve turned into a window staring gardener! My parsnips and leeks were frozen into the ground on Christmas Day, so had to go and buy some!! Not good at all.

    I am going to continue, and will dig out my heater to get some seeds going. Please keep in touch and thank you for encouraging me to get back to it.

    I guess that the thing about gardening, it’s very forgiving and bounces back with a little tlc.

    Anne x