Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Question: LEEKS

My new favorite vegetable is leek. I've eaten leeks before but it wasn't until last weekend that I started using them at home. Now I'm putting them in everything but the apple pie.

I'd always heard leeks were a pain to clean but I haven't found that to be the case. Slice, rinse, eat. Raw or cooked, I love leeks. How about you?


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  1. I love potato and leek soup in the fall. YUM!

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  2. Yup, potato leek soup. I have an awesome recipe and it is delish!

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  3. I don't use leeks much, it does sound good.

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    1. What did you use them in, last ime you had them?

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  4. I've never eaten one. The only thing I know about leeks is from the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - There's a leek in the boat!

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    1. Hahahah. I forgot about that part. I enjoyed that scene.

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  5. I use Leeks a lot. Potage Parmentier in the winter, Vichysoisse in the summer. Braised leeks for a vegetable, staple in soup and so on. Enjoy. I think they are grown in a cleaner environment these days, they used to be a lot more difficult to clean than they are today.

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    1. Could be. Thpugh mine were organic and full of grit but it was easy enough to give them a bath.

      I love that you use them for so much. Very cool.

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  6. More subtle than onions but can't say I eat a lot of them.

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    1. Sorta like a spring/green onion but so much more to the bunch.

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  7. I've never tried them.

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    1. Do you like green/spring onions?

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  8. Can you eat raw leeks? I have never considered that. Me? I love them! I just wish they were more affordable and that there were available to get singly. So glad you are enjoying them!

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    1. Sure why not? They're great raw. And we eat the entire leek, head to toe. Yum.

      I can't recall how much they were? How high are they in your area?

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  9. I've never had them. My parents started eating them on occasion after retirement.

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    1. Do you like spring/green onions? We also call them scallions.

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    2. Sure, those I've had.

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    3. To me, they taste similar to those but more subtle.Very nice treat.

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  10. Love leeks.
    One of my favorite ways is to slice thin and cook very slow till they caramelize. Then use as a pizza topping . No yukky red sauce just a bit of crumbled cheese and leeks .

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I am loving them caramelized. So yum. Making pizza tonight, no dairy allowed, but will add them to my pie.

      Do you ever make your own red sauce? Or are you only into white-style puzzas?

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    2. There are good red sauces but I need them to be put on thinly not slopped all over. just barley there.
      I really don't eat pizza takeout. I do make a great sauce but would rather have a simple plain one with goat cheese, black olives and a touch of olive oil.
      Do you eat vegan cheese ?
      When I was visiting my son when he studied at Cambridge, he took me to a wonderful vegan restaurant ever. The UK seems to have the best vegan cheese.

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    3. Tim doesn't care for pies with too much sauce either. NOOOOO, on the processed fake cheese. I don't eat any vegan or gluten-free pre-made industrial foods. But I do make my own dairy-free fun cheese-like mixtures at home.

      Have you tried making any at home? Great fun.

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    4. Maybe because it was cheese made in the UK it was really so good.
      I don't eat a lot of cheese. But I do splurge for some really good Brie a few times a year.
      Daughter makes all the nut milks and makes the best vegan chili rellenos ever.

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  11. I'm a big fan of leeks, must be the Welsh part of me.

    Modern growing methods stop the soil going down inside the layers so much easier to prep than the old days

    Ian

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    1. Hey Ian. Mine were organic, don't know if that's different ir not. Mine came with lots of grit, but I didn't find it to be a problem. Rinse in a bath and eat.

      What's your favorite way to eat them?

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  12. I love leeks! So much so that I really do live in a town named, "Leek", because I always wanted to live in a place named after an onion. Raw or cooked, love them either way.

    Gary commenting from Leek, Staffordshire, England :)

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    1. Seriously? Leek? That's brilliant.

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    2. Seriously, the header photo on my blog is a pathway in Leek. Probably leads down to a farm full of leeks :)

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    3. That would be a fu place to visit. A farm full of leeks.

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  13. When I worked in a produce department, leeks were never my favorite. They'd come in where you'd had to slice the ends to make it look presentable and if they get slimy with too much moisture.

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  14. I've added them in soups but I don't think I've ever eaten them any other way.

    So you are my last stop today. What a CRAZY week I've had. I am soooo tired. Got your email and will shoot one out to you at some point this weekend. Yup, it seems like ages since we caught up. And it has been! Tomorrow we have guests coming in from Montreal, so it'll be another busy day. After that, things should start to settle down. I hope!

    I hope you're doing great and you've been having killer good days. 'Nite nite for now. Catch up soon, Wonder Woman!

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    1. I wasn't sure if the nutty-ness of the birthday with teenagers had knocked you out or not. Sounds like you're still travelin' a million miles an hour.

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  15. I love leeks with other veggies!!
    Love your header!

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  16. Here's the way I like them: Slice fairly thinly into a pot, add some sultanas and butter (no water or very very little)) and cook on an oven top ring fairly slowly over a slowish heat. They quite often burn a bit and that's when I like them best.

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    1. I enjoy when the leeks get caramelized, but never with dairy. But a good caramel action without dairy, and I'm there.

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  17. Leeks are great - I use them quite often.

    All the best Jan

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