Foamy Leek & Sunchoke Soup + Sri Lanka

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Our plan has always been to write a new blog post at least once a week and lately we have repeatedly missed that deadline by a few days. We could easily blame it on our next book – we are in full swing with it and haven’t had time to create blog recipes as often as we would like. I could also definitely blame it on the Chocolate Rye Muffins – they looked so yummy there at the top of the grid that it hurts to push them down. Or it might just been life in general – us trying to balancing answering emails, starting new projects, being parents, looking to change our rental apartment for a bigger one so Elsa can get her own room, and squeezing in some workout in between the gaps. Yep, it’s definitely one of those reasons.

Between test cooking and photo shoots we often settle for quick and easy soups and salads. We received some organic sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes, aka sunroots, aka earth apples) and leeks in our latest csa box and turned them into a sunchoke version of a vichyssoise. But instead of incorporating the milk in the recipe, we heated it, whisked it to foam and added before serving. It’s a simple trick to make a soup look more fun and taste more interesting (as the warm milk will work it’s way into the soup while your eating). David always prefer his soups spiked with a little white wine, so you could try that even though it’s not in the recipe. You could also flavor the foam with some ground cinnamon for extra flair. The side salad is made with shaved roots and vegetables. Choose different colors for a simple but spectacular presentation.

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David has been editing some of the photos from Sri Lanka. We were there with his family to celebrate his mother’s birthday. It was such a beautiful place. Here are a few snaps from the trip.

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Foamy Leek & Sunchoke Soup
Serves 4

1 knob ghee, coconut oil or 2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 leeks, finely chopped
500 g / 1 lb jerusalem artichokes / sunchokes, scrubbed and cubed
2 bay leaves
1 liter / 4 cups water
2 tsp fine sea salt
250 ml / 1 cup organic non-GMO soy milk (or any milk of your choice)

Heat a knob of ghee in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add onion and leeks, lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes with a lid, stir occasionally. They should not brown, but keep their color and get soft. Add the sunchokes and cook for 5 more minutes. Now add bay leaves, water and sea salt and cook for 25 minutes until the sunchokes are tender. Blend the soup until completely smooth using an immersion (hand) blender. Season to taste. Heat the milk in a small saucepan on low. The milk should not boil. When warm, whisk it to create a foamy top layer. Serve the soup in bowls with a couple of spoonfuls foam on top.

Shaved Raw Rainbow Salad
Serves 4

2 beetroots
2 polka stribed beets
2 carrots
1 fennel
60 g (2 large handfuls) ruccula lettuce
1/2 lemon, juice
a good drizzle of olive oil

Shave the roots really thinly using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife (be careful). Slice the fennel with a sharp and rinse the ruccula lettuce. Place all ingredients in a serving bowl and add lemon juice and olive oil and toss to combine. Serve a side or on top of the soup.

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47 Comments

  • Mmmm...looks so bright, colorful and yummy. I have yet to try Jerusalem artichokes, but this seems so tasty and simple. With the insane cold here in Toronto this would be a wonderful, easily digestible dinner :) Sri Lanka looks beautiful, I was in India a few weeks ago - Intense but worth it :) Michelle @ LALL nutrition
  • I've always adored your travel photos and these are just wonderful! And what else can one say about this soup? It's extraordinary!
  • Emily
    Love the Sri Lanka photos! We're thinking about it as a possible honeymoon destination, where did you guys stay? Thanks! xx
  • A warm bowl of nourishing soup is what keeps me going during frosty winter days. This soup is truly lovely and I can't even tell you how much I'm into that milk foam. So classy.
  • Beautiful! I've still to try Sunchokes but they are in abundance here and what a fantastic introduction this recipe would be. David's photos are amazing, especially the one of Luise and Elsa. So much love xxx
  • This soup looks so yummy (the salad is beautiful as well)! And the photos from your trip are stunning - I'm very jealous! Hope to see more posts from you soon, I always look forward to seeing what sorts of wonderful things you create!
  • Must make this! I love green soups and feel healthily indulgent. Also, these are some beautiful photos! x
  • I've discovered this blog through Instagram and it has already taken a place in my top blogs list! Awesome pictures and recipes, really really loving it <3
  • Saskia
    Your photos are magical, as always! I absolutely love the one with Elsa and the cat, and the frangipani one. They express so much love and beauty! XO Saskia
  • Victoria
    Lucky me, got sunchokes in my csa too! And yes, those chocolate rye muffins have a lot of pride to overcome, but I'm sure they won't mind sharing the glory with this lovely soup :) Those muffins are out-of-this-world-good. Friends raved about them and lucky me made a double batch and have stashed them in the freezer, stretching out their goodness! Wonderful pictures - a weak spot for frangipani!
  • Such beautiful photos as usual. That salad is almost too colorful and bright to eat...but I'm certain is delicious all the same. Can't wait to see the new book, thanks!
  • Sunchoke soup looks delicious! Love those green soup bowls too! Pictures of Shri Lanka looks so colorful and vibrant with life! Stunning pictures - as always! You guys are such an inspiration. So looking forward to your next book - good luck!
  • Jerusalem artichokes are one of my favourite (but least used) vegetables, so this soup looks particularly wonderful to me! As do your photos of Sri Lanka - just stunning - the colours, the textures, I can almost smell the coconut and spices in the air - thanks for sharing!
  • Two recipes! How lucky are we. Beets are my favorite so of course I love that but the sunchoke soup looks delicious! Soup and salad never looked so good.
  • Sri Lanka looks like an absolutely stunning country! Trying to find balance in ones everyday life is challenging. Simple dishes like your soup, in addition to a bit of planning should do the charm!
  • Emily
    The soup sounds perfect for this weather. It does sound like you have a lot of good excuses for not posting as often as you intend. But all excuses aside, I would love to see more frequent posts. Check you blog every day!
  • This looks like it would make a delicious light lunch! I always love any kind of soup this time of year :) and those pics from Sri Lanka are gorgeous and so colorful!!
  • I love the idea of foaming the milk - makes such a nice change! Also wine sounds like a very good idea! Wendy @ Moral Fibres - where sustainable living is hip, not hippie.
  • Your trip looks like it was magical! I love your photos! also, this soup looks killer - lovely recipe :)

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