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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