It is, however a bit of a brute and fancies itself taking over the entire garden and inviting itself into next doors too, so I have had to have a word this year with a pair of loppers. This was brought on by the necessity for a new fence and desperate measures were called for. Despite the fight back (scratches all over) it now looks smart, tidy and pulled into the right directions against the new fence and ready to go ramble again this spring.
In another garden wonder, I have also managed to pull some leeks worth eating (not something that my veg patch has blessed me with before). A simple Leek & Potato soup is called for, to make the most of that beautiful strong flavour you get with home grown leeks.
2-3 leeks, chopped and washed
1 onion, sliced
a little butter and olive oil
1 medium to large potato, cubed but not peeled.
1l of good vegetable stock (my fave is Bouillon powder)
I simply soften the onion and leeks in the butter and oil, taking care not to brown them. I then add the potato and coat with the buttery juices. Pouring over hot stock, I cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the potato is soft. We like it whizzed until smooth and served with hot bread rolls, but you might want to indulge in a swirl of cream to finish. I season at the end.
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