Leek and Potato Soup

A classic French soup everyone should have in their repertoire made with simple, humble ingredients. It can be eaten cold too. It's then known as Vichysoisse.


Serves 2

40g butter
4 leeks
2 floury potatoes
1 organic vegetable stock cube
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch chives
1 mini baguette
100g grated cheddar
4 tablespoons olive oil
150 ml milk
1,5 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
salt and pepper

Wash the leeks well under cold running water to remove any sand and then thinly slice them. Peel the potatoes and cut into 2 cm cubes. Dissolve the stock cube in 1 liter hot water and preheat the oven to 180° C.

Heat a pot over medium heat with the butter and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Add the sliced leek and potato to the pot and sweat for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and bay leaf, bring to the boil and cook gently for 10-15 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf from the pot and blend the soup with a stick blender. Add the milk and season the soup with salt and pepper. Keep the soup warm over a low heat. Thinly slice the mini baguette in to diagonal slices. Spread the slices with the mustard, place on an oven tray and sprinkle with the cheddar. Place in the oven for 5 minutes.

Finely chop the chives. Spoon the soup into bowls, sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve with the cheddar toasts.


voor 2 personen

40g boter
4 preien
2 kruimige aardappels
1 biologisch groente bouillonblokje
1 laurierblad
1 bosje bieslook
1 pistoletje
100g geraspte cheddar
4 eetlepels olijfolie
150ml melk
1,5 eetlepels grove mosterd
zout en peper

Was de preien goed onder stromend koud water en snijd in dunne plakjes. Schil de aardappels en snijd in blokjes van 2 cm. Los het bouillonblokje op in 1 liter warm water en verwarm de oven voor op 180°C.

Verwarm een pan op medium-vuur met de boter en 4 eetlepels olijfolie. Voeg de gesneden prei en aardappel toe aan de pan en smoor 2 tot 3 minuten. Voeg de bouillon en laurier toe en kook zachtjes voor 10 tot 15 minuten.

Verwijder het laurierblad uit de pan en pureer de soep met een staafmixer. Voeg de melk toe en breng op smaak met zout en peper. Houd de soep warm op een laag vuurtje. Snijd het pistoletje in schuine dunne plakjes, bestrijk met de mosterd, zet ze op een bakplaat  bestrooid met de cheddar. Zet in de oven voor 5 minuten.

Snijd de bieslook fijn, lepel de soep in een kom, bestrooi met de bieslook en serveer de toastjes.

Crepes Suzette

Today, February the 17th is International pancake day. While we love the traditional pancakes with a little cinnamon-sugar and lemon and American pancakes, we felt that we wanted to make it a little more indulgent. So here is an absolute classis which everyone should have in their repertoire.

Serves 4-6 

100g flour
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
about 300 ml milk
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon oil
butter for frying

Suzette Sauce
75 g butter
150g sugar
2 lemons
2 oranges
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or orange liqueur, or to taste

Mix the egg and egg yolk with the flour, oil and a pinch of salt and add part of the milk. Whisk until you have a thick mixture and add as much of the remaining milk as needed. (This can also be done in the food processor.) The batter should be the consistency of cream.

Allow the batter to rest for ± 30 minutes. Cook the crepes in a crepe pan or frying pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Grate the zest of the 1 lemon and 1 orange and squeeze the juice from all. Place the sugar in a pan and caramelise over a medium heat until an amber colour. Carefully add the citrus juices and cook over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Mix in the butter, grated zests and Grand Marnier or orange liqueur. If you dare, flambé the liqueur before adding, but please be very careful!

To serve, fold the crepes into quarters and reheat briefly in the sauce. Serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours