Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shopping and cooking on the wild side/Watercress and Potato Soup

Yesterday I found freshly picked wild leeks and watercress at the co-op I visit over in the next state. This is so delicious I could eat it all myself before Tom gets home.

Watercress and Potato Soup

Peel and chop 4-5 cups potatoes. Cook in about 5 cups water until soft.

Chop an onion and sauté in 1 Tablespoon olive oil/butter mix.
Add a chopped bunch of watercress and chopped bunch of wild leeks and cook a little longer.
Add onion mix to potatoes, and put through the food mill.


  1. Thanks, Nan! I have all of those ingredients in my kitchen right now!

  2. You have wild leeks??!! I had never seen them before shopping at the health food store the other day. Someone had gone out and picked them. And watercress is a rare treat around here. But I'll be looking harder to find it. The soup is the best (and it is gone). Let me know how yours turned out, if you want.

  3. My favorite soup! Now I have to make some...

  4. June, do you have wild leeks on your land?? Watercress? I wish I did.

  5. When I was growing up, my father built a little cabin on forty acres in the middle of nowhere. A beautiful little spring burbled down the hill from the cabin, and it was filled with wild watercress. And I'm guessing the wild onions were wild leeks; they look just like the ones in your photo. (To this day, when I'm in Missouri in the spring, I love the smell of wild onions when someone is cutting the grass.)

    My mother used to make the soup in a pot that hung over the open fire.

    Of course I didn't appreciate it then. I cried because I had to help carry firewood. Live and learn.

    Now when I want the soup, I buy watercress and regular old leeks. Thanks for bringing back the memories. I love your blog for so many reasons!

  6. June, that was a wonderful, wonderful story. Thank you so much for telling me. I'll have to remember that and try regular leeks. Watercress is easier to come by than wild leeks.

  7. Wild leeks? I would just love to find those but I've never heard of them here (I wonder why not)I wonder if they go by another name. They look wonderful.
    What did I have for lunch? Leek and potato soup...but big leeks sadly!

  8. Could it be the same as wild garlic or ransoms I wonder?

  9. I really don't know anything about them. This was the first time I had seen them or cooked them. I'll bet this woman would know!



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