Then, more recently I started reading "Julie & Julia" and very early in the book she makes Potage Parmentier. Which is potato leek soup. A sign? I say yes! So I picked up some leeks, potatoes and well....that's it. This (supposedly) wonderful soup has only two real ingredients. I don't count the salt and butter because I already have them at home.
So I cut up the potatoes,
I'm not much for measuring, unless I'm baking, so this is my 1 pound of potatoes....give or take. In the book she has a meditative experience peeling potatoes, so I tried to hone in on the act of peeling to really get into that cooking zen. I have to admit that I was more worried about catching my fingers in the peeler than anything and didn't 'get it'. I did, however, feel quite purposeful while cutting them. I thought, "This is what people have been doing forever. Potatoes are like the ultimate back-to-basics food." A knife cutting through a potato is some how fulfilling. (Is it obvious my baby was sleeping? Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to connect to the mighty potato at all). Next, leeks! They even smelled a bit oniony when I cut them. Three cups of leeks to my one pound of potatoes.
Then, 2 quarts of water plus one tablespoon salt. I have nothing to measure a 'quart' with so I guesstimated. Oh, and (per a suggestion) I replaced some of the water with broth. Then it simmers for 45 minutes.
Then you're asked to smoosh it up with a fork. Or a food processor. This is when I start to think that measuring would have been a good idea. There seems to be an extraordinary amount of liquid. Nothing like the pictures I see online. Dang it! So I messed up. It was still tasty. The very last request from the recipe is that you stir in a pat of soft butter to your bowl while it's hot and just before you eat it. For how very few ingredients this recipe has I was super impressed with the taste. I had my reservations, and I was proven wrong.
Next time, more measuring!!