French Women. Les Poireaux.


Easter was cold and wet. And lots of fun. I am still sniffling a little bit, but on the way to recovery. Which means I can start smelling and tasting again. Joy!

I realize it is a little bit early in the year (and wrong hemisphere) to be talking about sun, beach and bikini. Then again, I am hoping for spring any day now. And sun. Which made me think about … French women and how they don’t get fat. Or something like that. Basically, we overate during Easter. Now it’s time to detox just a little, slow down on the calories and make some soup. Leek soup!

Why a leek soup specifically? Because according to Mireille Guiliano, leek soup is what French women eat/drink/live on when they want to lose those extra kg. The Magical Leek Soup, the Spartan alternative to overeating and for ‘recapturing your equilibrium from time to time’. Or in short: starvation.

No worries, I am not planning to live on leek soup for the next week, but a leek soup here and there can not harm. So without further ado, the Magical Leek Soup recipe.

Magical Leek Soup (serves 1 over the weekend)
1kg leeks – now that is straightforward and easy!

Clean the leeks and rinse well to get rid of sand and soil. (I read somewhere that cutting the leeks into slices and then soaking them in cold water for half an hour can do the trick!) Cut off the ends of the dark green parts, leaving all the white parts plus a suggestion of pale green. Reserve the extra greens for soup stock.

Cut the leeks into 2cm slices, put them into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, and simmer, uncovered for 20 to 30min. Pour off the liquid and reserve. Place the leeks in a bowl.

Then up to you what you want to do with the juice. The suggestion is to drink it every 2 to 3 hours, 250ml at a time. If you get hungry (!) have the leeks themselves, 100-125gr at a time. Bon appetite. (Recipe from the book, pg. 63)

Besides the obvious slimmer me that will emerge after this weekend, I also want to submit this leeks photo to SnackShots 2 over at Greedy Gourmet. A great monthly event hosted by Michelle, which you just have to check out!

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  • I loved the book and bought the yogurt maker and made my own yogurt for quite a while. I need to dig it out of my cupboard again. But the leek soup is awful, and I love leeks. I’m not a finniky eater, and love healthy food, but I seriously could not eat this soup. I tried. I love your photo — it’s excellent!

  • Annick

    Please! Another clichΓ© about the French! I’ve lived in France and they are fat, like everyone else!

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  • I need some of that after Easter to. Great photo.

  • Love leeks! We ate a lot of leeks in the Basque Country growing up. Leek, potatoes and carrot coup was on the menu at least once a week, porrusalda, we call it. Love the aroma.

  • I’m afraid no one would get slim on my recipe for leek soup, which includes cream, homemade chicken stock and bit of crumbled bacon for serving. LOL!

  • Of course, as anyone who has read my internationally-famous website knows, I am a 50-year old Italian woman with a hour-glass figure . . . and I owe it all to eating smart (like your wonderful leek soup).

    Just today, I was advising people (I am the SENIOR ADVISER to the website) on Ed Levine’s SeriousEats site about how to make healthy soup.

    My boyfriend “Big Bear” has a wonderful figure too (you can see his photo on my website) because I make healthy soups and salads for him. He used to weigh 437 pounds when I met him (after my fourth divorce). He has now slimmed down to only 385 pounds.

    After graduating from Peter Kump’s Culinary Institute in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY, I have been an adviser on healthy cooking.

    Thank you reinforcing my teachings.

  • Oooo! I have leftover leeks from this weekend. PERFECT! I’m gonna feature this on my blog (linking directly to you!)

  • I remember reading about this book. Food blogging has had a negative affect on my silhouette (er, putting it politely). Maybe I should try this!

  • Hi Andreea, two minutes before you commented I realised I missed you out of the SnackShots roundup and is busy updating the page. Sorry about that! Beautiful photo!

  • Celine

    so leeks would be the Holy Grail? I need to try this.
    I hope you are doing well, Andreea!

  • Cynthia

    Don’t forget to tell that this menu must be followed over 3 meals… if you start on saturday, you can have a light dinner sunday evening πŸ™‚
    The aim of this soup is not to starve but to detox your body… and then you can start a healthy normal diet.
    And yes, french women are in average thinner but this comes with a price

    Personally, I’m french, I was thin and I gained 7kg when I moved to Canada… I’m coming back to my former self now but it’s not easy πŸ™‚
    I guess I got carried away with bagels, muffins etc πŸ˜€
    And I’m sure we’d be much fatter in France if we had as many fast foods as in the US or if junk food was as cheap and oversized… eating is still a pleasure for most of us, so we sit to enjoy and try to cook whenever it’s possible… (not everyone, but a good part).

    Anyway, sit, enjoy and relax πŸ˜€

  • YAA Adding this to my bookmarks. Thank You

  • doubtful

    Don’t forget they all smoke like chimneys over there!

  • good post