Something of interest we have recently learned!  In Wales, Leeks carry a great deal of importance.  There are superstitions like that a young girl could discover her future husband if she put a Leek under her pillow, or keep away evil spirits.  They were believed to cure colds and relieve pain in childbirth.

Though, perhaps the most interesting story is a legend stating that King Cadwaladr of Gwynedd told his troops to put a leek in their hat so they could distinguish friend from foe on the battlefield.  Today, the leek is on the cap badge of Welsh Guards.

Below is a Leek recipe you can enjoy!

Traditional Welsh Potato Leek Soup
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

Potato Leek Soup

  • ¼ pound bacon, but in 1-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces Canadian Bacon, chopped
  • 2 large leeks, white & light green parts only, chopped (approx 3 cups)
  • 3 Medium potatoes, diced (approx 2 cups)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) Chicken Broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the bacon in a soup pot over medium heat.  Cook until almost crisp.  
  2. Add the Canadian bacon and fry for another 2 minutes or until bacon is fully crisp.
  3. Add the leeks and cook for 3 minutes or until beginning to wilt.  
  4. Stir in the potatoes and chicken broth. 
  5. Season with salt & pepper.  
  6. Bring the soup to a boil.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.
  7. Once tender, use the back of a spoon or a potato masher to lightly mash the vegetables in the soup.  
  8. Stir in the milk, heat through and serve.