Mewi's Cold Remedy Soup

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Mewi’s Cold Remedy soup, is the perfect recipe to give you a real taste of winter. Mewi’s “Cold Remedy” soup is made mainly with leeks.

Leek is a vegetable that belongs with the same group of vegetables as the onions and garlic. However, leeks are at their best during the coldest months of the year because they are packed with nutrients and crucial anti-oxidants that will help stave off winter colds and ‘flu’.

Leeks can be fun to cook with because all of the different and delicious ways in which they can be cooked in but if you are looking for a tasty, nutritious and a fantastic seasonal food to see you through the winter months, try Mewi’s “Cold Remedy” soup, it will be the recipe for you!

This recipe serves up to 4 people.

INGREDIENTS:

- 750 g (26 ½ oz) potatoes, peeled and chopped into medium size pieces.
- 12 leeks, get rid of the green part and take the outer layer of the white off, cut into 3 cm (1 inch) pieces.
- 250 g (½ pound) crumbled salt cod
- 1 onion, chopped into very small pieces.
- 2 clove of garlic, chopped into very small pieces.
- 2 tbsp of mixed herbs
- 1 bay leaf
- 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
- 1 litre (2 pints) of fish stock
- Salt*
- Powdered black pepper*

*Add this ingredient in whatever amount fits your taste, but not too much.

Important: You must leave the salt cod to soak for at least 12 hours (over night), changing the water 2 or 3 times.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed casserole.
2) Lightly fry the garlic and onion pieces, until the onions become translucent.
3) You then add the cut pieces of leek, seasoning them with the mixed herbs while you fry them.
4) Cook for 15 minutes and then add the potatoes.
5) You can now add salt and powdered black pepper for taste as you continue to lightly fry the ingredients for a further 10 minutes.
6) At this point add the fish stock, and bring to the boil.
7) Once the stock starts to boil, add the bay leaf and leave to simmer until the leeks and potatoes start to soften (around 30 minutes).
8) At this point, you must add the salt cod and continue to cook until all the ingredients are fully cooked.

Cooking tip: Remember to check the water regularly and add some more if needed, you should also taste the soup as it cooks and add more salt and powdered pepper for taste if required.

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