Leeks

Season: autumn – spring

Taste: sweet

Botanical relatives: chives, garlic, onions, shallots

Weight: light – medium

Volume: quiet

Techniques: boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, steam

Tips: add early in cooking process

I have a fond memory of leeks. The last time I visited my homeland, Poland,  I was about 6 years old. I have vague memories but one that stands out to me is playing in my aunt’s garden. Like all children do, I made up a game where I played farmer/chef. I harvested crop from the garden, added it to my “pot” (which was a water bucket) and pretended to make rosol (broth broth noodle soup). Leek was one of my ingredients harvested. Though I have vague memories, I still remember the sweet smell of leeks in my “pot” of water..

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