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