The mild winter has finally given way to an early spring. Warmer sun-filled days  are becoming more frequent and our cats have begun to venture outdoors to sun themselves on the flagstones and harass our neighbor’s cat, Duchess. It’s all good, she also does her fair share of harassing our cats on their turf.

One day it was particularly grey and blustery, perfect saimin weather for Hawaii, but in Upstate New York? Now it’s time for something completely different! Though I never made potato leek soup before, I envisioned a silky, creamy texture with savory bits of leek and chunks of steamy potato. Oh, boy, was I hungry! The recipe normally calls for cream or milk, but I decided to be kind to my dairy-unfriendly stomach and use an unripened avocado I ‘accidentally’ cut the day before. I didn’t want to waste and figured I would have a use for an unripe avocado. And, wouldn’t you know it, I did! :)

Creamy, savory deliciousness in 30 minutes or less

Potato Leek Avocado Soup

1 cup diced potatoes
1 leek, white part only, sliced thinly
1 avocado, ripe or unripe
3 cups chicken broth
1T oil
salt & pepper to taste

Cook potato and leeks in oil on medium heat about 7-8 minutes, don’t brown the potatoes (but it’s okay if you did a little.) Add about a cup of chicken broth, simmer low for 5 minutes. Add remaining broth, low simmer 10 more minutes or until potatoes are tender enough to be mashed with a fork. In a separate bowl, mash the avocado until just a few lumps remain. Add some pieces of potato and a tablespoon or more of soup and mash into avocado until smoother in consitency (option: blend avocado and 1/3 soup in blender on medium speed for 20 seconds or until smooth.) Turn off heat, stir in mashed avocado mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste.1 1/2 lbs potato, peeled and chopped

Avocado Trivia: One day at work my friend Suzi decided to looked up the definition for ‘avocado’ . After flipping through her handy dictionary, she started smirking and giggling.  “Avocado,” she began.”From the Spanish word, aguacate, meaning ‘testicle’!”  Ewww, what did she eat?!