Leek, Thyme & Potato Soup

Soothing, calming & delicious… Leek, Thyme & Potato Soup.

This recipe is so simple and so filling, it’s perfect for the person on a budget, and the person who just wants to warm up on a chilly winter’s night.

Not that it’s winter yet, but in the evening it sure it starting to feel that way…

You will need:

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2 lbs leeks

1 lb potatoes

2-3 sprigs of thyme

1/2 cup butter

1 cup milk

1/2 cup cream

water

salt & pepper

Yes, that’s it!

Begin by chopping and cleaning leeks and potatoes.

Melt butter in a large pot.

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Add leeks, thyme, salt and pepper, and cook until soft, about 5 – 10 minutes.

Always remember, there’s no such thing as too much butter!

So go ahead, add a little more…

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Add potatoes, and a little more S & P.

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Add just enough water to cover ingredients.  Cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add milk, cream, and salt & pepper to taste.  Cover again for 30 minutes.

The potatoes will begin to fall apart, thickening the soup.

Pull out the thyme stems, the leaves will have fallen off by now.

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Add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Depending how you like it, you could puree the entire soup at this point.

I kept it rustic.

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Creamy and filling: a true winter warming soup.

Depending on how big your bowls are, makes 4-8 servings.

I am excited to eat mine – again!

Can’t wait for lunch time 🙂

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Winter Warriors, Unite!

I hate to admit it, but it’s time to get prepared for battle.

I was inspired to write this post as a spin-off from Refinery29’s, “Warm Winter Accessories for Chicago.”

All I could think was, pfffft, Chicago.  (Not that I’ve ever been there…yet).  But I can only imagine that in some way our annual battle against the great Canadian winter is worse than Chicago’s.

Even if that’s not entirely true, I think we still need to prep…

How, you ask?

Well, let me show you a few ways.

Those beauts are right off Refinery29 and the reason I actually want to think about winter accessories!  Fabulous!

Knitted Cuff Leather Gloves - $57 - Warehouse

Until the snow actually begins to fly, why not update your old go-to black flats with a shoe that makes a statement.

Bow Flats - $39 - Joe Fresh

It’s far too easy to end up in a black on black on grey outfit in the cold weather.

Why is that?

An easy solution is to pop your favourite black/grey sweater dress and black boots with a touch of the blues.

An added bonus: polka-dots are so in right now!

Polka-Dot Blue Stockings - $19.90 - Zara

Speaking of ditching black…

A colourful coat like this one will make you stand out from the crowd.

Coat with Faux Fur Collar & Faux Leather Trim – $182.70 – ASOS.com

Keep your fingers warm on the drive to work.

Meanwhile, you can wake yourself up with some stud-action!

Studded Leather Gloves - $59.90 - Zara

It just wouldn’t be a Canadian winter without a classic toque.

Personally I must have a brim or it just doesn’t cut it.

Excellent for weekend wear and a practicle, stylish choice for out on the slopes.

Irish Cable Peaked Toque - $26 - Roots

I really like the colour blocking in this jacket.

It’s a nice change from the typical red and black plaid…

Usually plaid is a little too “farmer Joe” for my taste.

This way, the jacket remains relaxed & casual, but in a more sophisticated way.

I also try to buy pieces that have a black-on-brown combo – Makes it much easier to coordinate footwear.

Plaid Coat - $89 - Joe Fresh

Adorable, no?

A chunky heal makes me feel safer walking down icy sidewalks.

An excellent choice for a night out – stylish, yet keeps your toes cosey!

Shoes - $59 - H&M

This ear warmer fills me with vintage-inspired joy.

A nice change that also reduces hat-head.

Elegant, cheap and cheerful.

Braided Cable Knit Ear Warmer - $24 - Urban Outfitters

I hope you have enjoyed some of my winter warrior choices.

Now it’s time to hit the shops and prepare yourselves for the cold.

Aren’t you glad?  Now you have an excuse to shop!

See you out there 🙂

Sleeve Me Now

First off, I would like to say SORRY, for missing almost a full two weeks of blogging! My boss has been away so I was unable to play 😦

Back in business now.

Today, I want to explore the wonderful world of over-sized sleeves!

HOO-RAH!!

I think that big sleeves have become a big trend,

for good reason.

Concious Collection - Blouse - H&M - $34.95

My favourite way-to-wear is by far the handkerchief top.

The poncho-esque look flows away from the body, hiding imperfections; meanwhile looking positively boho-chic.

Drina - Bepop Rose Top - Guess - $98

However, for an event or night out, I love the idea of long flowing sleeves on a short flowing dress.

Paprika Bow Belt Chiffon Dress – asos.com – $58

Beautiful.

This look can also be completely toned down for work-wear.

Combined Blouse - Zara - $49

Personally, I love the idea not only for its practicality as the cold weather begins to dominate our days,

or its complete versatility,

but mainly, because no matter how you wear it, the long, over-sized sleeve screams

vintage sophistication.