Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sick Day Leek & Potato Soup


Just last week, it was granita weather.  Hot, summery, and basically perfect for tart frozen desserts.  And out of the blue, it got colder at nights.  The hubster started hogging the covers.  And yours truly woke up with the sniffles and a sore throat.  At any other time, this would've been a good opportunity for a sick day.  I'd stay home, make a giant mug of cocoa, and rock a bathrobe, a ponytail, and my nerdy glasses like I was on the catwalk.  The sick day catwalk, that is.

But it's crunch time at work.  So, I took my sore-throated self to the office and tried to avoid all human contact.  Especially the lady that always tells me about her cat's bowel movements.  Really lady, I pretend to care but I'm just not all that interested in cat feces.  Or any feces, for that matter.  Now some people are blessed with throaty, sexy voices when they get a sore throat.  I am not.  My normal, Alvin & the Chipmunks voice, adopts a particularly unflattering man quality.  I basically sound like an amped-up Kathleen Turner.  So there I am sitting there with my man voice when my phone rings.  It's a client.  I proceed to have a detailed conversation with him about his case.  And then, five minutes later, he calls back and says, "Can you tell my attorney that I have to reschedule our meeting next week?"  I kindly inform him that I am his attorney.  And he says, "No, my attorney is a nice, young woman."  That would be me, sir.  The client becomes adamant that I am not his attorney and he needs me to pass the message to his attorney.  I try everything to convince that man that I am his attorney.  The same person he calls at least three times a day, emails six times a day, and meets with once a week.  He is still not convinced.  Finally, I tell him, "Of course sir, I'll pass your message to your attorney.  Is there anything else I can help you with?"  Because when you have a man voice, you have to take the path of least resistance.  And as soon as I hang up, the phone rings again.  It's the boss man.  He says, "Send Aboobaker to my office, immediately."  I respond, "It's me boss."  And he says, "Aboobaker, why do you sound like a man?"  Yup, welcome to my life.


By the time I finally got home, it had been a long day.  I'd had a man voice all day but none of the perks of manhood.  That is, if you can call spitting, burping out loud, and scratching yourself perks.  I knew something had to be done before I went into full man-mode.  It was soup time.  I wanted a hearty soup.  Something I could eat with crunchy toast soldiers while watching the newest episode of Dexter (and um, how weird is it that his sister on the show is his wife in real life?).  This called for leek and potato soup.  Most recipes call for using cream and/or buttermilk for the soup's silky smooth texture.  I used whole milk because that's what I had and I didn't want to stop at the grocery store and be ridiculed for my man voice and the soup still turned out creamy and perfect.  Also, recipes will call for pureeing the soup into the oblivion.  I like soft, creamy chunks of potato so I use a hand blender but if you like your soup to be the consistency of jarred, baby food, puree away, folks, puree away.  


And half way through the bowl of soup, my Alvin & the Chipmunks voice returned, and all was well again.  Except the hubster still hogged the covers at night and the cat lady still told me stories about her cat's poop the next day.  Like I said earlier, welcome to my life.

And it's that time again.  Where I ask you to take pity on my sick, pathetic self and cast a vote for my entry for Round 2 of Project Food Blog.  If you won't do it for me, do it for B's dad.  I mean, how can you say no to a man so patiently waiting for his chilaquiles?



Leek and Potato Soup


1 pound leeks, cleaned and dark green sections removed, approximately 4 to 5 medium
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Heavy pinch kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
14 ounces, approximately 3 small, Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced small
1 quart vegetable (or chicken) broth
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon snipped chives


Chop the leeks into small pieces.

In a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and a heavy pinch of salt and sweat for 5 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook until the leeks are tender, approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and gently simmer until the potatoes are soft, approximately 45 minutes.

Turn off the heat and puree the mixture with an immersion blender until small chunks remain (or smoother or chunkier, depending on your preference). Stir in the milk and white pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Sprinkle with chives and serve hot (preferably, with toast soldiers).


Adapted from Alton Brown.

42 comments :

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

Every time I read your posts and your witty way of writing I feel like meeting you! Girl you crack me up:-)
I'm not a huge fan of potato soups but this one looks GOOD. Will give this a try. Hope you Get Well Soon and get back to your Alvin and Chipmunks voice!

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

You must have read my mind! This is my favorite soup in the world!!

Pure Mama said...

Ha! Now that's funny.... but sorry you're sick! The soup looks delicious and I'm in the hand blender court too. Love my hand blender :) Great job!

Joanne said...

Aww babe I'm so sorry to hear about the illness AND the man voice. I'm sure it's a very cute sexy man voice if that helps.

That potato and leek soup sounds magical!

Ameena said...

I'm sitting here laughing to myself because this is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. I've had to pretend to be my dad on the phone and it really isn't too much of a problem for me - at least your man voice was temporary!

I love that your boss calls you by your last name! And I love soup. I can't wait to make this!

I hope you are feeling 100% today...and you don't have to hear stories about cats. Or feces.

Kate said...

LOL - let's see what's first - hope you're feeling better! The soup looks wonderful. I've always made it cold as vichyssoise, now will have to try it warm. I love my cats, but really can't imagine talking about their poop!!! Thank you as always for a bright spot of laughter in my day, Kate @ kateiscooking

Sana said...

Oh goodness! I hope you are feeling better now! I sound like a 5 year-old so people always ask if I my parents are home..

Wheels and Lollipops said...

Awww Azimina , glad that you got your voice back and that life is back to normal. This soup sounds like the perfect cure for the cold weather that we have been having. I love the smell of leeks. Hope that you are feeling better?

An Open Book said...

i love love love leek and potato soup..the only thing im looking fwd to in winter are the soups oh and the boxing day sale on 26th dec:)

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Can't imagine you rockin' a Kathleen Turner man voice after hearing you on your Master Chef videos! The soup looks like the perfect thing for those cold nights in Dallas.... Really?

Jennifurla said...

Get better, I love Leeks - bet this soup is tasty!

Belinda @zomppa said...

That is HILARIOUS. I am trying to picture Alvin does Kathleen...that client...=) This is too funny. As for Dexter, never watched it but I guess that's better than his real sister playing his wife, huh? Voted already!

BakingWithoutaBox said...

Aw! Man voice is no fun. I'm a contra-alto so I know. And what't the deal with cat feces discussion? That's never an ok topic. Ever.

Feel better! I voted for ya. Oh yeah, and nice soup.

Monet said...

I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well...but goodness, you are funny! I was laughing the whole way through! I'm fighting off some throat scratchiness, so I may need this soup sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing the recipe (and your writing) with us!

Evan @swEEts said...

Oh my goodenss! I have to admit I chuckled a little at your story.. I can't believe your voice changed that much!? But I've never had leeks!? so I'm going to have to try this to try to remedy the sore throat I have too!

mysimplefood said...

Hi dear!! All the best!! Yes,it suddenly got cold this week. Your post always cracks me up!!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

I hope you're feeling better! Leek and potato is possibly my favourite soup. A friend of mine mentioned that she puts lemon in hers, I'm intrigued but I'm not sure I want to mess with a good thing.

lequan said...

i don't understand why some people insist on telling others poop stories. whether it be their cat, their dog, or their own, i'm not interested at all. i'm not even interested in my own poop, so why would i be interested in hearing about your cat's poop. i just don't get it.

your soup sounds perfect for a scratchy throat remedy. usually one is offered chicken soup so it's nice to see something different. creamy or chunky, i love all kinds of soup.

i'm glad your voice came back. hope you're feeling much better now Azmina.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I spent 20 minutes laughing reading this post! No, I'm not laughing at you being sick but at your story...you are hilarious. I love leek and potato soups in my sick days (and also in my healthy ones) I hope you will feel better soon!

elizabeth said...

I'm a kicker of covers, so I often find myself with the sniffles this time of year because of the wild weather changes--but alas, I can only blame my unconscious self. It's times like these that soups are absolutely necessary--and as an extra precaution I like to grate a little extra fresh garlic to have all of that good antioxidant action.

This looks like a darn good voice-restorer!

Simply Life said...

ha I love this post and hope you are feeling better! This soup looks perfect!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

This reminds me of my mom's potato soup--MMMMMM!

sophia said...

You're hilarious, and though I'm sorry you're sick, I'm not sorry that you got to share this endearing story with us. :-)

foodies at home said...

Awww...I hope your feeling better! I am a sickie right now too and am trying to suck it up but I sound more like a toad than a man. Maybe I can bribe my husband into making this for me!

Mo said...

I cracked up at this. I'm definitely not one of those people that sound amazing when they have sore throats. Not quite Kathleen Turner, but it ain't pretty. ;)

Your recipe looks amazing. Plus, it's an Alton Brown recipe, which makes it even better. :D I've only made potato-leek soup once, and the recipe I followed did not make sure I knew not to use the green parts... yeah, it was a little weird.

fortheloveofyum said...

I hope you are feeling better now, Azmina! Man voice vs. Alvin--too funny.

The soup looks wonderful and yummy. I'm glad it brought the Alvin voice back. ;)

Nirmala said...

I love leek and potato soup. I really love the toast sticks! I'm sorry you had to work when you were sick. Can you take Friday off and make it a three day weekend to really get better! Don't you dislike those cover hoggers!?

FYI, you can totally make bread. Really, given all the stuff you do make, you can so make bread. Make it! :)

A Little Yumminess said...

This soup is simple and always a winner. I hope you felt better after having some

Torviewtoronto said...

love making leek potato soup delicious picture

Ann said...

I've made that same soup - I used the Barefoot Contessa's recipe, but it is so what the doctor ordered. Hope you feel better!

Lindsay said...

Looks delicious and sounds wonderful! Feel better!

Jean said...

Thank you for my first smile of the day. I hope you're feeling much better now. Hey, you made in on today's Top 9--that's got to help, right? Congrats!

Jenny said...

Get well soon, I'm sure you will now that you ahve the perfect get well soon soup! :)

Les B said...

Soup looks amazing. Definitely going to try and make this one weekend. Last potato & leek soup recipie I tried was a disaster.

Kim - Liv Life said...

I sure hope you are feeling better! It sounds like the soup did the trip. Thanks for one of the most enjoyable posts I've read in a while! My husband will love this soup. At least you had a voice... when I get sick my voice is gone, absolutely gone for at least 2 days. My husband loves that too!! =)

Serena said...

Hilarious post and delicious soup recipe. Your pics are amazing and congrats on making the top 9!

Seriously Soupy

Sara said...

Azmina, Girl your posts are Hilarious! I love your style of writing! I hope that you are feeling better, it sucks to have a man's voice! lol
Also Leek & Potato soup is my favorite! I love using Leeks in soups!

Cheers,
Sara

The Mom Chef said...

I love to read your stuff. I wish I had it newspaper form so I could open it first thing in the morning on the couch with my coffee in hand. It's that kind of heart warming, happy chuckling, share with your husband stuff.

That being said, I'm so sorry you're sick. I would have brought you soup if I could have. I do for all my friends because for some reason this younger generation doesn't believe that soup can help heal.

PS: I still think you sound more like Minnie Mouse.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Hope you're feeling better. Soup always helps me- I know this one would!

Charmaine @ Speakeasy Kitchen said...

Aboobaker: Get well soon. We miss Minnie Mouse!

Bette said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net) may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.

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