Being welsh, leeks are never far away. And when a local supermarket reduced them to £1 for 5 I found myself buying a few. Then Freesia bought some and I believe I may have been given some as a present. So we have a lot of leeks! Hence the reason for the Leek and potato soup recipe also.
For those who don’t know the history of the Welsh and our leeks it’s thought that to differentiate ourselves from the Saxon enemies, we would wear leeks on our battle-helmets… Thus confusing them and allowing us to win the battle, and probably take some meat from their reserves. We could then use the leek as a side-veg, the meat as the main and even the helmet as a plate… I guess.
Anyway, so leek and potato mash.
It’s more than possible that the welsh won their battles because the leek is just so damned healthy. Easier to digest than onions, milder in flavour and recommended by http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofleeks.html to lower ‘bad cholesterol levels’.