Potato Leek or Onion Soup

Potato Leek or Onion Soup is another vegan recipe from Shemirah’s collection.

Serves 4

Potato Leek or Onion Soup Ingredients:

2 large leeks or onions
6 red potatoes, washed and chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
One or two Tbsp. vegan margarine
¼ tsp. white pepper*
1/8 tsp. black pepper*
2 bay leaves*
5 cups water
1 tsp. dill*
3 sprigs fresh tarragon, minced*
1-2 cups nut milk (soy, rice, etc.)
salt to taste

Potato Leek or Onion Soup Preparation:

Cut bottoms off leeks, cut in half lengthwise, rinsing well under running water, making sure to rinse off dirt hiding between layers. Slice thinly.

Sauté leeks/onions and garlic in margarine until soft.

Add potatoes and water, bring to boil and reduce to medium. Toss in pepper, bay leaves, dill and tarragon (if using).

Cook until potatoes are soft (about 20-30 minutes). Remove bay leaf and discard.

Transfer half or more of the potatoes from pot and mash with potato masher, mixing with 1-2 cups nut milk to puree, then return them to broth. Salt to taste. Serve with crusty bread.

*Optional

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About Shemirah:

Shemirah Brachah began her vegan voyage in mid-life, but it has made all the difference in the world! “When I was a meat-eater, I used to hate to cook,” she says. It was a fall down a flight of stairs that lead Shemirah to a chiropractor, who recommended yoga, which in turn lead her to read an article in the Yoga Journal about animals raised for food. That was it! Shemirah became a vegetarian and then a vegan overnight.

“Changing my diet changed everything! I started taking vegetarian and vegan cook books out at the library, experimenting with making my own seitan, cheese, cream…just about everything animal-based was replaced by homemade and commercially available plant-based products.

Shemirah and her oldest daughter, Michelle Johnson, started a vegan outreach non-profit, the Vegan Venue, and over the years they developed a variety of vegan recipes that anyone can make and everyone will love.

Shemirah began her career as a secretary; after college, she joined middle-management, working as Director of Governmental Affairs and Executive Director of the Bureau of Municipal Research; Shemirah went on to manage the Mental Health Foster Care Program of the Family Counseling Center of Fulton County in Upstate NY where she was also instrumental in developing and implementing the DAPW (Domestic Abuse Prevention Workshop). Shemirah worked as a freelance writer, managing a public relations service and overseeing, editing, and publishing a low-income neighborhood newspaper.

Since 2006, Shemirah has worked for FARM, the Farm Animal Rights Movement, where she manages the Letters From FARM editorial letter database; she also liaisons with food manufacturers and vendors for FARM’s annual Animal Rights National Conference as well as other annual programs, such as MeatOut and World Day for Farmed Animals.

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