Leek and Kale Soup


Crazy. That pretty much sums up this week. With exams, essays, deadlines, packing and unpacking, catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, I’ve been grabbing sleep wherever I can and my meals have been even more sporadic. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve actually had a proper meal in the last two days. Smoothies, scones, fruit, nuts, soup, bread, cake, wine – whatever I can get my hands on quickly when I need it.

This soup is easy and tasty and is great to have stashed in the fridge or freezer for crazy weeks like this one. Sure, it’s a little more hassle than getting something out of a tin, but if you make it in bulk, you only have to cook once for several days worth of meals. Leek and kale are both wonderful seasonal foods – I always try to buy as fresh and local as possible; not only is it better for the environment and the farmers, it keeps each season exciting and diverse! It’s a way of marking the seasons in a tech-focused and increasingly uniform world. Plus, both vegetables¬†are immensely good for you and restorative after late nights and too much cake. In short, definitely worth it when you get a chance. I hope you like it!

Makes 2 big bowls of soup (or 3 smaller ones)


– 1 big bag of curly kale

– 2 leeks – 500ml vegetable stock (broth)

-1 tsp each of ground cumin and ground coriander

-salt and pepper, to taste

-a wedge of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and some chilli powder, for serving (optional)


1. Steam the kale for about 10-15 minutes, according to the guidance on the packet.

2. Sauté the leeks in a frying pan over a medium heat with a little extra virgin olive oil, until they are fragrant and slightly golden but not burning; about 5 minutes.

3. When both the leek and kale are cooked, put both in a blender with the vegetable stock and spices, then blend until smooth (I actually kept mine a little chunky because I like soup that way). Taste and adjust the seasoning if you want to. Pour into bowls and serve with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of chilli powder.


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