My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile


Potage from my Potager - Soupe Parmentier

This post about Soupe Parmentier - Potato and leek soup was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius-Lindhe in the blog
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A soup with a tale…

This Potato and leek soup is a is a hot variation of the famous Vichyssoise and then it is called
"Soupe Parmentier"

This delicious hot winter soup got its name from the Frenchman called Antoine Auguste Parmentier, who had been fed the so-called poisonous potato root in a German prison-of-war camp, returned to France to find his countrymen starving. He set up potato soup kitchens throughout Paris to help the poor. Finally, Louis XVI recognized his work by saying, "France will thank you some day for having found bread for the poor." Seven Year War (1756-1763) tale source

On this picture above, there is an other story, the tale of the soup Vichyssoise. A cold potato and leek soup just perfect on a hot summers day.

November harvest from the potager. Small but lovely.

Potage Parmentier

2-3 tablespoon of butter for sautéing the leeks in
3 cups leeks, white and tender green parts
4 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
8 cups of a nice stock of choice
1 tablespoon salt
6 tablespoons of cream
Chopped parsley or chives to garnish with.
Simmer the potatoes, leeks, and salt in the stock until all are very tender, about 30 minutes. Puree the mixture until smooth add cream and seasoning.

Recette Française - Potage Parmentier

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The harvest is getting smaller and smaller indeed but today I did harvest some chilies (3 sorts) some herbs and the leeks for the soup.

Let's go under-cover...

I just want to show you what's cookin' under the the fabric cover, I got a few cloches to protect my mixed lettuce leaves and under the cover I still have some Arugula , parsley, thyme, onions etc.

Don't be a stranger my friend.

Do write something, I would just love to hear from you./ Tyra

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patientgardener said...

Oh I hope I can make homemade leek and Potato soup from my own crops next year

Sophia Callmer said...

Härligt med soppa av egna grönsaker, här nere i söder är det kallt idag, hade passat bra.
ha en bra vecka!

food for thought said...

loved reading your potato story. your soup looks delicious, as do your photos~

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Sounds delicieux! If only hubby liked leeks...

TYRA said...

Jodi -I'm a bit like your hubby, I prefer them cooked. And this way is one of the best in my opinion.

Jain - Thank you, glad you enjoy it.

Sofia, idag det är svinkallt här också -6,5 grad.

Helen good look with your new piece of land.

HAve a great week/ Tyra

Anonymous said...

I promised to make homemade leek and potato soup this fall. Apparently leeks don't grow well in Illinois, USA, so I'll have to buy one. But I can't wait to do so. Thank you for reminding me of my promise to myself and providing the recipe with its historical background. Interesting.

And may your lovely, sheltered crops give you lots of edible joy this winter!

kitsapFG said...

Leek and potato soup is one of my favorites. Such a yummy comfort food for the winter months. I like how you are using the bell covers under the protective fabric - providing a nice double insulation for the plants growing in the bed.

Barbie said...

Looks great and a nice soup to warm your soul. Lovely.

villager said...

Those are some nice looking cloches. That should keep things growing under there!

Commonweeder said...

Did you know that M. Parmentier had a hard time getting the French to eat the potato which they considered fit only for pigs? To make it not only palatable but stylish, he planted a big field of potatoes and put guards around it every night so that people would imagine the crop to be really valuable - and they began to steal the plants. Quite a psychologist, M. Parmentier.

Charlotte said...

Låter som en god soppa. Fint med egen skörd att kunna tillaga nu.

Kram Charlotte

Mac said...

Ah perfect timing, a bowl of potato leek soup hits the spot in a cold day. Thanks for sharing.

Fred said...

I love a nice bowl of warm potato and leek soup on a cool fall day! I've made 3 batches in the last 6 weeks. I save a portion or 2 of each batch for my freezer so I can enjoy some all winter.
I don't know what it is but the smell of leeks sweating it out in butter is just heavenly!

Daphne said...

I love leek and potato soup. Sadly I didn't have either this year. I did have leeks in my old garden, but the house was sold long before they were ready.

♥ Hannele på Hisingen said...

soppa är härlig höstmat

Anonymous said...

Oh how lovely this post is! Leek and potato soup I can smell it from here :) would you mind since I'm out of leeks if i showed up with a big spoon:) Thanks for the recipe.

Anna said...

Mmmmmmm - I have all the ingredients apart from cream Tyra - maybe a trip to the shops in the morning will put that right. It is certainly soup weather here at the moment.

Mary said...

Well, I am going to the store this afternoon and picking up leeks! This soup and a asparagus frittata will do very well for supper this evening. Thank you for the inspiration!


garden girl said...

It's been a long time since I've made potato and leek soup Tyra. I saw some organic leaks at the local health foods store last time I was there. I think I'll pick some up and make some soup. Your soup looks delicious - perfect November comfort food!