Today we have one of my favorite vegetables to consume this time of year. Last night, we had leek soup and it was delicious! I’m always amazed at how a few simple ingredients put together in just the right way can come out tasting so brilliantly good. At least, when someone, unlike myself, who can actually cook manages to do it. And the leek has a long history of cultivation. So far back in time, in fact, that the guys who built the Egyptian pyramids were very likely eating them as well. It’s also one of the national symbols of Wales, and even got a mention by Shakespeare in his play, Henry V. So, perhaps it’s fitting as we near the end of our Celebration of Food that we take a little moment and honor this ancient veggie. And if you’re curious about what’s up next for December, just jump to the bottom of this post!
Seriously, you can jump past this bit. I honestly don’t have much more to say about leeks. Sometimes I find with these prompts that, although I always enjoy painting the subject matter, a story about said subject matter doesn’t always leap forward. I can say that one thing this and several other vegetables share in common is that my love for them only came as an adult. In fact, I’m sure leeks made an appearance at some point when I was a kid, but they were probably buried deep in a recipe of some kind and nearly indistinguishable. To enjoy them nearly on their own today is a brand new thing for me. With the holidays around the corner, I’m rapidly turning into a kid again, but I’m so glad that my taste in food has become rather grown up.
Tomorrow is the last day of this month’s adventure. It’s been a deliciously fun month and so wonderful to see everyone’s culinary work! On paper at least! I’m sure if you were sketching from life, the real thing was equally delicious. Thanks to everyone who joined in on this month’s adventure and I hope you’ll join in December as well. Next up, it’s time to celebrate the season and take a trip through a winter wonderland, filled with colder weather and even warmer moments with friends and family. Join me as we take a little tour through some of the key icons of the season. There are always lots of memories made this time of year so what better way to preserve them than with a lovely bit of watercolor. Throughout December, let’s share in some wonderful memories and paint some new ones together!