The Met Office issued a rare red weather alert for parts of South Wales with up to a foot of snow to fall - and it fell softly, yet heavily. I got up this morning with good intentions of going into work. Well we managed to get out of the driveway, through the first road then our small little car struggled and could not manage the uphill road, sliding as we drove. We dare not risk it further as there were more hills to contend with on the journey. D managed to turn the car around and we made ourselves back to the comfort of our home.
We ventured out for a little walk for fresh air, but that was it - no building of snow-people, though we did see many on our walk. Our nibbles today have been mainly bread (made in the bread machine) with butter, with jam and pate. I have to admit our kitchen cupboards are pretty empty. The only two things we had warm today was a Christmas cake steamed up with custard and non-alcoholic mulled wine, I swear there must be alcohol in it, because its made my cheeks so rosy and made me feel cosy warm and a little drunk too.
D has been on the computer most of the day as he got a text message saying not to come into work, so he has been hogging the computer. I have just managed to get it in the last 30 minutes or so, and have decided to post this Leek and Potato soup recipe.
I made this last week around the same time I made the Aloo Chaat Masala Burgers with the left over mashed potatoes from my Bubble and Squeak cakes.
I thought it was a good recipe to submit to this months edition of No Croutons Required which is hosted this month by Lisa at Lisa's Kitchen as the theme this month is leftovers. Gosh I can hardly write a recipe here, as this was made on the hoof with what I had to hand as I hate waste, but here goes.
White Beans, Leeks and Potato Soup
Serves 4 - 6
Ingredients and Method
Heat 2 tablespoons oil, add 1 medium onion minced and saute, then add in 2 medium leeks, washed and minced and saute until soft. Add 400ml - 600ml vegetable stock and bring to the boil, stir in 200g cold mashed potatoes and simmer for 15 to thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a 400g tin of drained and rinsed white beans towards the end and simmer to heat though. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.