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Having had a big bunch of leeks in my veg box, I couldn’t resist trying this curious sounding recipe. I found it in a book I bought a while back in a second hand shop, ‘The Whole Earth Cookbook’ by Hilary Meth, (you can also get a copy on Amazon).
The book does feel like a flash from the past, using a lot of packaged and convenience foods in the recipes. But I did rather like this recipe for leeks. It was simple, a bit different, and went very well with some veggie sausages!
The original recipe called for the addition of soy milk, which I decided to leave out at the last minute, as I thought the dish looked complete without it. Also I finished cooking in a casserole in the oven with the sausages, which I think gave it a slightly richer flavour, but you could manage without this step.
Leeks in Marmalade Sauce
2 medium leeks
170 ml water
3 tblsp marmalade
1 tablsp olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 170C. Trim and carefully wash the leeks, then slice them into 5mm thick rounds. Bring the water to a boil in a pan, then add the leeks. Cover the pan and simmer the leeks for 3 – 4 minutes.
Add the marmalade and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Put the leeks in a small casserole, with the lid and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.
What does the gardener do during the long winter evenings when pottering in the garden simply isn’t an option? Well, at the moment, I’m dipping into a memoir by Joy Larkcom. Aside from having a glorious name, Joy is a gardening writer, who, during the 70’s, toured Europe to find out how people grew vegetables in different parts of the continent and to bring back rare varieties to the UK. Her work changed how we grow our veg today, as well as recording, in some cases, practices that were disappearing from the landscape. This memoir includes Joy’s writing from that trip, as well as her later discoveries in China and her own gardens back in the UK and later in Ireland. A wonderful companion for those winter evenings.