Leak, potato and carrot soup

The reason I visited Flitton Hill Farm Shop today was primarily to buy lunch for Jim and I, and to get some staples for the week.

My favourite vegetable is leeks, so I love this time of year. The leeks I bought today were not only grown and sold in Flitton, they were consumed in Flitton and lovely they were too.

For information of what is in season and what is being grown at Flitton Hill Farm Shop visit their website or alternatively try http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/ where many seasonal recipes can be found.

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At the moment my husband and two of my daughters are enjoying the homemade soups. (Emily is still refusing to try :-() I love the comments I am getting about the smell of the cooking, and the joy of watching it all disappear. We waste far too much food in this house and that needs to change.

I have been making soup for years. My mother quite regularly makes soups and I think it was from her that I learnt how to make them. I can’t remember ever trying to make one from a recipe in a cookery book or from the Internet. The soups I make are not runny. They are thick with fresh vegetables. It’s the only way I know how to make soup and I much prefer it to soup from a can. They are most definitely a good source of fibre in our diets.

So this is how soup is currently made in my house but in time this may change.

Ingredients

5 Local potatoes
1/2 Organic Onion
Approximately a tbsp. of local rapeseed oil
3 Leeks
2 Carrots
500ml of Organic Vegetable stock
500ml of hot water

1. Peel chop and prepare vegetables for cooking.
2. Heat oil in large saucepan; add the onion and the leeks and sauté until softened.
3. Add vegetable stock and hot water.
4. Add potatoes and carrots. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft when pricked with a knife.
5. Remove from stove and blend with a hand blender adding more hot water if required for consistency.

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The Money Debate

I walked into the kitchen with my local meat. Organically reared beef from Croxton Park, St Neots I was feeling very proud of myself but unsure what the reaction at home would be as organic meat might be seen as unacceptably expensive compared to organic fruit and veg. As expected the question came “So how does that compare to the local supermarket?”

So I did the maths. I went to mysupermarket.co.uk and compared the prices across the stores. The supermarkets vary their store prices and receive a significant proportion of the price you pay with the farmer rumoured to receive a mere 9p of every pound spent. Today I am sorry to say the meat was more expensive at Flitton Hill Farm Shop. I am pleased though to say only by 1p which would easily be consumed in petrol when visiting the local supermarket.

Phew, I have that feel good factor again :-). In these harsh economic times, supporting our local businesses is crucial or else they will just disappear. Supporting local farmers who go the extra mile and provide us with organic food products is very much what I want to be doing.

Meat has now joined the honey, fruit and veg on my local food shopping list :-)

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But is meat good for you? That’s a question for another day?

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