Friday, February 09, 2007

Leek With Olive Oil

Leeks like onions and garlic, reduce bad cholesterol levels, while raising good cholesterol levels. Leeks lower high blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar. Regular consumption of leeks reduce risk of prostate and colon cancers, protect colon cells from cancer-causing toxins. Leeks are a good source of manganese, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin A-C-K, folate, and iron.


750 gr. leek
1 onion
1 big carrot
3,5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons rice
1,5 cups hot water
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 dessert spoon sugar
1 dessert spoon salt


Wash the leeks and cut them into 2 inch pieces. Put the sliced leeks into a strainer and drain the water. Be sure to drain it thoroughly.

Cut the carrot into 1/8 inch thick slices.

Heat a medium size nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat the oil in the saucepan.

Add finely chopped onions and the sliced carrots and saute over medium heat until the onions are golden brown.

Add the leeks and sauté until the leeks are well coated with the oil (about 1-2 minutes).

Pour lemon juice into the saucepan. Put the lid on the saucepan. Sauté the leeks gently until they begin to soften and just barely beginning to colour.

Add drained rice, salt, sugar, hot water, stir gently with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

Remove from the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes.

Have a good appetite!


IRANian AMERICAn said...

Hi dear Ozlem,

I love leek. Yummy! Have you ever had this Chinese dish called Suan Miao Yang Rou? It's made with lamb and leek. It's divine.

Glad you're back. No apologies needed. We all have lives other than our blogs. Just wanted to make sure you didn't abandon your great blog. Your love of food mixed with your love of humanity makes your blog very genuine.

All the best...

Brunette said...

Dear IRANian AMERICAn, thank you very much indeed for your compliments, that's very kind of you!

As Yunus Emre said,

“We love the created
For the Creator's sake”.

By the way, I haven’t tried “Suan Miao Yang Rou” . Do you have a recipe for it?

Warm wishes,

IRANian AMERICAn said...

Hello again dear Ozlem,

Well said! I wish more moslems live by Sufi principles.

Well, unlike you Ozlem I only enjoy eating good food and don't really know how to cook. I will look for the Suan Miao Yang Rou recipe and get back to you. For now, I can tell you it's made of sauteed thin pieces of lamb, leek and other Chinese spices. Of course, it's served with Asian-style rice.

Bye for now...