Monday, November 24, 2014

Fennel Leek Potato Soup

 Fennel Leek Potato Soup

Been too long since I pictured a recipe in my handmade pottery. Yes, that's my soup recipe in my very own soup bowl. 

1 medium fennel bulb and greens
3 leeks
5 medium red potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
12 cups water
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon of Vietnamese red pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon powdered bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar

Peel the outer dark green leaves from the leeks. Slice the leeks lengthwise in half and in a quarter. Next chop them up in small pieces. Put the butter in a large stock pan and saute the leeks till soft and tender on medium heat stirring so they don't burn. Add the 12 cups of water. Keep the  pan on the heat and chop the red potatoes skins and all in small pieces.

Chop up the fennel in half and a quarter then in small pieces. I used the whole bulb, stems, greens and all. Add all the other ingredients to the stock pot. Reserve the the vinegar and brown sugar till later. Stir well and turn up the heat till it starts to boil and then turn down to simmer till all the ingredients are soft and flavors melded, at least several hours. While the soup is cooking check the links I've provided. Both leeks and fennel are some of the most healthy foods you can eat. It's amazing how many vitamins and nutrients are contained in each one. Even potatoes have an abundance of Vitamin C, B6, calcium, iron, and magnesium

Towards the end of the cooking stir in the vinegar and brown sugar. While we ate the soup Gary kept saying how delicious it was. I like to make a big batch of soup so we can eat it for several days. This soup is at once piquant with the hot pepper sauce and sweet with the fennel, vinegar and sugar. The fennel is very fragrant and the aromas while cooking are a plus. There are lots of flavors for the palate with every bite.

I sold four snowmen ornaments at the sale and that's it. Someone hung their ornaments in front of each of my rungs and pushed my ornaments back (even though Gary spread my ornaments out on the rungs when he checked on them the first day). Ugh. Also I think my ornament display tree should be painted white so my ornament glaze colors show up better. I had two boxes of items to be rotated through the show but none were taken out of the box. I couldn't be at the show because I had such a bad cold and it turned out when I fell against the door my nose was really hit hard and was unbelievably sore a few days later. (Have you ever had a cold and couldn't touch your nose, not the best thing in the world). Gary took my work and the two packages of chocolate brownies I made to the show for me.

For the past several weeks I've been plugging the show in various venues, hopefully someone benefited from my efforts. I've come to the conclusion pottery doesn't sell well mixed with craft type items, which is mostly what the guild booth was filled with. I didn't have to pay to be in the booth and it was very close to home so that helped. I am sure the snowmen are happy to have new homes.

Up next more new work including a tall tower with an armature to hold the topper while it's fired. Also preparing for the next show, the Kris Kringle Mountain Market, where I'll have my own booth. Thinking of other display projects and I found a box of unglazed pendants I made in Florida. So stay tuned. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Sounds like it would be yummy on a cold winter day :) Have a Happy Monday!

  2. Delicious soup.
    So sorry the sale didn't do much for you. It takes people who really know what they are doing to make a visually enticing display of mixed items.
    Toes crossed for a better result next week.
    Are you sure you didn't break your nose? Hope you feel better soon!

  3. It seems people either have already decorated for Christmas, or they are rebellious about it. Good luck on your next show! Hope your nose is feeling better...that soup should help!

  4. We're always waiting for the next show and reminiscing on the really great ones.

  5. That sounds delicious, I love fennel.

    Sorry about the show but that happens, hopefully the next one will be better.

  6. Hi Keith, thanks, that soup is wonderful.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, you are right about a display. My nose is better today, not disjointed or out of shape, and I can still breathe, and Gary said if a doctor said it was broken, they'd rebreak it, no thanks.

    Hi Barba, thanks, I had several bowls and a platter and the tree luminaries for sale there, nary a taker.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, you are so right about that.

    Hi Lori, thanks, oh this one is definitely made by the use of the fennel

  7. The soup sounds yummy. I love leeks, lately I have been sautéing them and adding them to homemade mac & cheese.
    Sorry to hear the sale didn't go well. It seems a little rude of someone to add their ornaments to your display without asking.
    I hope you are feeling better soon.

  8. Your poor face. I hope it (and that cold) are getting much, much better.
    And that the next sale is also much, much better for you.

  9. Hi Michele, thanks, almost back to normal today.

    Hi Sue, thanks, over my cold, I think the soup vitamins did it, looking forward to the next sale.


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