30.04.2011 26.Nisan, 5771 Kedischim; Tag 11 des Omer
Although cleaning it may be somewhat tricky, this vegetable is worth the trouble.
Leeks are delicious and beautiful but some cooks find them intimidating. Although most of the students in my latest cooking class were experienced in the kitchen, they were eager to see how to clean and cut leeks. It’s useful to know that the bright green tops are usually tough and are best reserved for cooking in broth, and that leeks must be rinsed very thoroughly, as their layers can trap sand.
I became familiar with leeks when I moved to Israel from my birthplace, Washington, DC. My neighbors showed me how to use them in chicken soup and in patties. Many historians believe that leeks originated in the Mideast or the Mediterranean area. The Romans are thought to have introduced the vegetable to Britain, and it has long been used in many northern and central European countries, including France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden….