Sunday, April 08, 2007

Nothing to see here...

Do you ever wish you'd never started something?

I am spending the afternoon googling leeks. I bought some on Wednesday, in a fit of Doing Proper Cooking. We are having roast chicken, with all the trimmings, and I thought it might be nice to have leeks. Which it probably would be, if I had any fucking idea at all about how to cook the fucking things. Boiling them seems wrong, somehow. Braising, although it sounds lovely, is out as I don't know how to do it. I am rubbish at sauces.

And if that wasn't bad enough, I am blogging about leeks.

I might go back to bed.


UPDATE: I made sauce! Cheese sauce! It rocked! Next time in this exciting series - help me decide what to have in my sandwich!



Blogger Geoff chimed in with...

Better to be googling leeks than to have leaking googlies.

08 April, 2007 16:44  
Blogger JonnyB chimed in with...

Chop them up, stick a hundredweight of butter in the bottom of a saucepan then fry for ages until they're all mushy and lovely.

Fuck me - I just wrote that. How sad am I...?!?

08 April, 2007 18:42  
Blogger Betty chimed in with...

They're nice finely sliced and lightly steamed. They're very good in a stir fry so I should imagine it's okay to fry them.

I can't cook though, so ignore that.

08 April, 2007 19:02  
Blogger 30-Something chimed in with...

Well clearly there's just NOT enough information out there about leeks.

08 April, 2007 20:19  
Blogger Doris chimed in with...

Too late now to give helpful advice with your leek problem, but I find allowing them to liquify in a plastic bag in the bottom of the cupboard and then throwing them away and getting a takeaway works for me.

08 April, 2007 21:31  
Blogger bedshaped chimed in with...

Nuke them in the microwave for 4 minutes on 68% power. Then pan fry them in butter and serve wrapped in grilled bacon.
Aah, bless those years of reading Viz Top Tips.

08 April, 2007 21:32  
Blogger Femme Fontanelle chimed in with...

Yay Surly! - here I am in the wrong time zone to have been any use at all, but I would have said "cheese sauce". My inlaws are Welsh and that's how they do it/them/leeks...Yummy!

09 April, 2007 01:40  
Blogger Fifi chimed in with...

Yep, it has to be leeks in cheese sauce, browned in the oven, to accompany a roast.
You did the RIGHT THING, Surly Sis.

09 April, 2007 10:50  
Anonymous sooz chimed in with...

I would have said the same as JonnyB - but with less butter.


You do have to strip the outer leaves off a bit and wash down the little layers or you'll be munching on gritty bits of Farmer Giles's field all through the meal.

Leek and Gruyere quiche is nice.

(and you've already done it so I'm a bit horse-bolted *sigh*)

09 April, 2007 11:06  
Anonymous gddik chimed in with...

You want help with what to put in your sandwich? You can get a free book by Hellmann's (of mayonnaise fame) from Amazon at

Unsurprisingly, all of the recipes involve H's mayo, but that can be avoided with a bit of imagination. Nevertheless, it's quite a good book, with lots of good ideas.

It's a genuine offer - I got one, and no follow up junk mail or spam!

09 April, 2007 13:59  
Blogger 30-Something chimed in with...

"browse the archive of 2672 sandwiches"

09 April, 2007 15:58  
Blogger claire chimed in with...

Maybe you should be spinning them instead... :)

09 April, 2007 16:02  
Blogger First Nations chimed in with...

sweat in butter, serve in broth.
words to live by.

09 April, 2007 19:42  
Blogger Shell chimed in with...

howling with laughter at your post and the comments!

09 April, 2007 20:10  
Blogger frangelita chimed in with...


Nuff said.

10 April, 2007 23:31  
Blogger No one Really chimed in with...

It's WAY too late now.

But we have leeks every Sunday.

We chop them up, put them in a roasting dish, cover them in some honey and roast till they start to go brown.


12 April, 2007 15:50  
Anonymous rivergirlie chimed in with...

i know what you mean about cooking in fits. my cooking fits involve lots of pointless and uncontrollable thrashing around, rolling eyes, tourettes type outbursts, occasional damage to property and foaming at the mouth (although that usually comes at the end when i'm eating the bloody stuff)

16 April, 2007 08:30  

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