leeks .... and a favourite kitchen gadget

Here are the leeks, harvested a few days ago from the allotment.

....and this is the favourite kitchen gadget.

 Just an ordinary stick blender, but really useful for all sorts of culinary tasks such as blending soups and in this case rescuing a white sauce. My carefully made sauce had lumps in it, but a quick whizz with the blender resulted in silky smoothness. 

Here is the proof!
I turned the aforementioned leeks into a straightforward gratin with cheese and ham.
Here they are wrapped in their velvety blanket .....
 ...and whilst on the subject of kitchen utensils, a few weeks ago, I spent a cosy afternoon with singing-girl watching the Mary Berry story on i-player.
 I was rather taken with her display of vintage kitchenalia on the wall of her kitchen and thought how nice it would be to have a collection of my own, but the trouble is I am becoming more and more of a clutter phobic and have frequent 'clear-outs'. Maybe I should take to hoarding a bit more!
P.S. A few days ago, I added the 'join this site' thingy, so a big welcome and thank you to Streetcomber, Rhiannon and A Load of old Tat, who have recently started following.


  1. Mmmm I love leeks, they're one of my favourite vegetables! They look delicious in the gratin. I found a yummy looking leek gratin the other day - I'll have to give it a go! x

  2. Do you remember Mum cooking us this when we were still living at home? It was always one of my favourites, along with her lemon meringue pie, date crunches, and All-Bran fruit loaf!

    1. Yes! She used to roll the ham around the leeks if I remember rightly. I was thinking about the date crunchies the other day. She always made a batch when Jon was coming!

  3. Hiya!

    What a lovely blog you have! Your photos are fab. My favourite kitchen gizmo is my stick blender. I made gallons of soup and you can beat it for whizzing veggies into a silky soup. I look forward to seeing more from your allotment and kitchen.

    Debs : )


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