I am a good part Welsh. I went over to a very unusual friend's house one day in high school and they served potato-leek soup. I had to try some, just to be polite, so I did - WOW! It must be a racial memory type thing, you think?
Leeks are one of my favorite veggies both to grow and to eat. IN the garden I like to let a few stand over the winter and enjoy the flowers in the spring (and save teh seeds). The ones at the stores have so little usable white stem that it pays to grow them. Easiest way to cook them: cut into 2 inch pieces, saute in butter, then put broth (I use chicken, but veg would work) to half/way up the sides, cover and poach till tender (doesn't take long). Remove leeks and boil down broth and pour over them. For a real fancy finish, grate some fresh nutmeg over the leeks. A very elegant and delicious dish.
We grow them, too, and they are wonderful. Maybe the nicest part of growing them is when a cold November day comes along and I can dig up a few leeks and make soup. No running to the store to get them and I know they're grown without any pesticides.
I agree, Rightstar, the flowers are so pretty and last so long.
I see the last post here was two years ago, so nobody may ever see
this, but am sticking it here anyway:
Years ago in Atlanta, folks attended an outdoor theater, and these
folks had picnics right there, and they brought spectacular flower
arrangements as their centerpieces (like the spectacular hats at the
Ky Derby??) Well, so my centerpiece was made of giant fronds of
curly Kale and giant leek blossoms.
Thanks to Dutch lady and her responders, I know more about leeks
now than I did 30 minutes ago!