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Foamy Leek & Sunchoke Soup

Our plan has always been to write a new blog post at least once a week and lately we have repeatedly missed that deadline by a few days. We could easily blame it on our next book – we are in full swing with it and haven’t had time to create blog recipes as often as we would like. I could also definitely blame it on the Chocolate Rye Muffins – they looked so yummy there at the top of the grid that it hurts to push them down. Or it might just been life in general – us trying to balancing answering emails, starting new projects, being parents, looking to change our rental apartment for a bigger one so Elsa can get her own room, and squeezing in some workout in between the gaps. Yep, it’s definitely one of those reasons.

Between test cooking and photo shoots we often settle for quick and easy soups and salads. We received some organic sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes, aka sunroots, aka earth apples) and leeks in our latest csa box and turned them into a sunchoke version of a vichyssoise. But instead of incorporating the milk in the recipe, we heated it, whisked it to foam and added before serving. It’s a simple trick to make a soup look more fun and taste more interesting (as the warm milk will work it’s way into the soup while your eating). David always prefer his soups spiked with a little white wine, so you could try that even though it’s not in the recipe. You could also flavor the foam with some ground cinnamon for extra flair. The side salad is made with shaved roots and vegetables. Choose different colors for a simple but spectacular presentation.


David has been editing some of the photos from Sri Lanka. We were there with his family to celebrate his mother’s birthday. It was such a beautiful place. Here are a few snaps from the trip.



Foamy Leek & Sunchoke Soup
Serves 4

1 knob ghee, coconut oil or 2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 leeks, finely chopped
500 g / 1 lb jerusalem artichokes / sunchokes, scrubbed and cubed
2 bay leaves
1 liter / 4 cups water
2 tsp fine sea salt
250 ml / 1 cup organic non-GMO soy milk (or any milk of your choice)

Heat a knob of ghee in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add onion and leeks, lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes with a lid, stir occasionally. They should not brown, but keep their color and get soft. Add the sunchokes and cook for 5 more minutes. Now add bay leaves, water and sea salt and cook for 25 minutes until the sunchokes are tender. Blend the soup until completely smooth using an immersion (hand) blender. Season to taste. Heat the milk in a small saucepan on low. The milk should not boil. When warm, whisk it to create a foamy top layer. Serve the soup in bowls with a couple of spoonfuls foam on top.

Shaved Raw Rainbow Salad
Serves 4

2 beetroots
2 polka stribed beets
2 carrots
1 fennel
60 g (2 large handfuls) ruccula lettuce
1/2 lemon, juice
a good drizzle of olive oil

Shave the roots really thinly using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife (be careful). Slice the fennel with a sharp and rinse the ruccula lettuce. Place all ingredients in a serving bowl and add lemon juice and olive oil and toss to combine. Serve a side or on top of the soup.



  1. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 21:18 | #

    Your trip looks like it was magical! I love your photos! also, this soup looks killer – lovely recipe :)

  2. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 21:35 | #

    I love the idea of foaming the milk – makes such a nice change! Also wine sounds like a very good idea!

    Wendy @ Moral Fibres – where sustainable living is hip, not hippie.

  3. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 21:55 | #

    This looks like it would make a delicious light lunch! I always love any kind of soup this time of year :) and those pics from Sri Lanka are gorgeous and so colorful!!

  4. Emily
    Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 22:07 | #

    The soup sounds perfect for this weather. It does sound like you have a lot of good excuses for not posting as often as you intend. But all excuses aside, I would love to see more frequent posts. Check you blog every day!

  5. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 22:07 | #

    Sri Lanka looks like an absolutely stunning country!
    Trying to find balance in ones everyday life is challenging. Simple dishes like your soup, in addition to a bit of planning should do the charm!

  6. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 23:33 | #

    Two recipes! How lucky are we. Beets are my favorite so of course I love that but the sunchoke soup looks delicious! Soup and salad never looked so good.

  7. Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 23:35 | #

    Jerusalem artichokes are one of my favourite (but least used) vegetables, so this soup looks particularly wonderful to me!

    As do your photos of Sri Lanka – just stunning – the colours, the textures, I can almost smell the coconut and spices in the air – thanks for sharing!

  8. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 00:39 | #

    Sunchoke soup looks delicious! Love those green soup bowls too!

    Pictures of Shri Lanka looks so colorful and vibrant with life! Stunning pictures – as always! You guys are such an inspiration. So looking forward to your next book – good luck!

  9. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 01:47 | #

    Such beautiful photos as usual. That salad is almost too colorful and bright to eat…but I’m certain is delicious all the same.
    Can’t wait to see the new book, thanks!

  10. Victoria
    Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 09:02 | #

    Lucky me, got sunchokes in my csa too! And yes, those chocolate rye muffins have a lot of pride to overcome, but I’m sure they won’t mind sharing the glory with this lovely soup :) Those muffins are out-of-this-world-good. Friends raved about them and lucky me made a double batch and have stashed them in the freezer, stretching out their goodness!
    Wonderful pictures – a weak spot for frangipani!

  11. Saskia
    Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 10:23 | #

    Your photos are magical, as always! I absolutely love the one with Elsa and the cat, and the frangipani one. They express so much love and beauty! XO Saskia

  12. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 15:44 | #

    I’ve discovered this blog through Instagram and it has already taken a place in my top blogs list! Awesome pictures and recipes, really really loving it <3

  13. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 16:34 | #

    Must make this! I love green soups and feel healthily indulgent. Also, these are some beautiful photos! x

  14. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 18:23 | #

    This soup looks so yummy (the salad is beautiful as well)! And the photos from your trip are stunning – I’m very jealous!
    Hope to see more posts from you soon, I always look forward to seeing what sorts of wonderful things you create!

  15. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 20:24 | #

    Beautiful! I’ve still to try Sunchokes but they are in abundance here and what a fantastic introduction this recipe would be. David’s photos are amazing, especially the one of Luise and Elsa.

    So much love xxx

  16. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 20:27 | #

    A warm bowl of nourishing soup is what keeps me going during frosty winter days. This soup is truly lovely and I can’t even tell you how much I’m into that milk foam. So classy.

  17. Emily
    Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 21:20 | #

    Love the Sri Lanka photos! We’re thinking about it as a possible honeymoon destination, where did you guys stay? Thanks! xx

  18. Posted 3 Feb ’14 at 23:02 | #

    This soup sounds absolutely perfect. Stunning too!

  19. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 00:38 | #

    I’ve always adored your travel photos and these are just wonderful! And what else can one say about this soup? It’s extraordinary!

  20. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 03:28 | #

    Mmmm…looks so bright, colorful and yummy. I have yet to try Jerusalem artichokes, but this seems so tasty and simple. With the insane cold here in Toronto this would be a wonderful, easily digestible dinner :)

    Sri Lanka looks beautiful, I was in India a few weeks ago – Intense but worth it :)

    Michelle @ LALL nutrition

  21. Kushla
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 03:50 | #

    Yum can’t wait to try this soup!
    I love your pink sandals! Would you please tell me what brand they are? They look like Birkenstocks.


  22. Ina
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 10:24 | #

    I just had some sunchokes in my veggie box and were looking for an interesting recipe. This sound right. I will test it tomorrow.

  23. Carol
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 11:30 | #

    Just make this soup for dinner last night. Added white wine and topped with a dollop of goat yogurt. Fabulous! Thanks for for another simple and inspiring recipe.

  24. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 11:50 | #

    Beautiful photos from your Sri Lanka trip! And the soup doesn’t look too bad either ;) can’t wait to try it!

  25. Elly
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 12:24 | #

    OOOO egg hoppers! I loved Sri Lanka so much – those white flowers, and the gorgeous light and the newspapers used for everything reminds me of it all. Did you eat lots of roti? :-))
    Just to say thanks and that the chocolate rye muffins were sooooo delicious – will have to restrict my making of them though – not a chance I could only eat one.Thanks million for all the lovely recipees.

  26. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 13:53 | #

    I was reading your last post about David possibly hosting a food photography class. I’m from the US and don’t have a lot of time off from work so I couldn’t attend something like that so far away but I think your pictures are phenomenal. If he made a video tutorial or something like that I would definitely pay to learn some of his techniques, I’m sure a lot of other people looking to learn a little more about food photography would as well…. just an idea! You guys are great love the milk foam such a good touch keep it up can’t wait for your second book!

  27. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 15:53 | #

    I’ve been waiting for a good soup recipe to try sunchokes for the first time and this is it, love your blog.

  28. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 16:28 | #

    I love Jerusalem Artichokes! They grow like weeds in my garden!

  29. Romy
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 17:39 | #

    your photos are sooo awesome! so excited to go for some travels sooooon!
    @ luise: where did you get those awesome birkenstock shoes with the pink laces?

  30. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 17:45 | #

    Stunning in every way! The soup, the photos … I’m green with envy and have pinned almost every picture on this page – you are so talented :)

  31. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 18:47 | #

    Beautiful pics… you guys are so inspiring! Love it… and the soup? I just love sunchokes! Had some with Seabass the other day in a light herbed cream sauce. YUM. I’ve really got to get on the CSA movement though. Definitely going to check to see if there is a program in my neighborhood. Thanks again for an awesome and delicious post! :)

  32. Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 22:40 | #

    I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Sri Lanka! It has been on my
    “curious” list for a while.

  33. Posted 5 Feb ’14 at 08:30 | #

    Sri Lanka is so beautiful! We were there for 3 weeks a few years back, fell in love twith the Kottu Roti!

  34. Anine
    Posted 5 Feb ’14 at 20:14 | #

    Your pictures are beautiful!
    I’m going to Sri Lanka this summer and would love some tips on what to see and where to stay and just to hear about your trip! Looks absolutely wonderful!

  35. Posted 6 Feb ’14 at 19:40 | #

    Woh!!! The moment I see green ,I relate it to healthy state!!!
    Thank you for posting such a nice rice recipe, with a modern a touch.I am going to try this in my menu!!!
    I am a chef, food photographer and I have just recently started blogging.My website is http://www.saltandtamarind.net/.
    Thank you!!!

  36. Posted 6 Feb ’14 at 19:42 | #

    I did not mean to type “Rice”.I am sorry about that.

  37. c.j
    Posted 8 Feb ’14 at 09:20 | #

    Wonderful pics and recipe, just one comment: all the foodblogs I love ALLWAYS seem to come to this: they get to produce cookbooks and then bloggers are being too busy to post, deadlines to post missed – and posts about how they did not make any blog entries because of this or that – every time I get so disseapointed – who really wants to read about that -? No offence, I really love your work but generally I just loose interest and engagement in the blog when this starts to happen, but I get that its just how theese things goes, a natural thing: blogging is a step towards something else..I get that totally, but THIS reader would prefer not to take part of so many excuses in the text? If I were you (and I am not, it is just a humble reflection from a faithful redaer) I would set a deadline that is totally doable for you?

    • Posted 8 Feb ’14 at 10:07 | #

      Hi C.J! Actually, I completely agree with you. Enough with the whining about not having enough time. I guess it has just been too much stress in our lives lately that we haven’t been able to focus on much else. But I agree that it’s not a blog subject, we will keep that to ourselves next time
      Thanks for your honest opinion,

  38. c.j
    Posted 9 Feb ’14 at 12:39 | #

    Omg – now I feel like a jerk, I am the one who is whining, you are doing a fantastic and inspiring work! Of course one isentitled to write about it – see it as a general reflection on something that is mostly likely to happen with blogging, maybee? I know how hard it is to dabble with a career . especially one where you freelance and have to be creative – and being a parnet – it is HARD. Again, you are doing a great job, hope you hang in there :)

  39. Posted 10 Feb ’14 at 10:34 | #

    Wow, Sri Lanka looks so beautiful :) Loving this recipe too yum yum.

  40. Posted 12 Feb ’14 at 19:01 | #

    Stunning photos! I truly believe travel and food go hand in hand, I really love the way you two have presented both throughout the post.

    I have yet to try sunchokes but this has definitely inspired me! Looks delicious, too.

  41. Frédérique
    Posted 19 Feb ’14 at 19:08 | #

    Your Sri Lanka photos are wonderful! Luise, your sandals look amazing. Where can I find some of those?

  42. Posted 20 Feb ’14 at 19:59 | #

    Fantastic fotos from your stay in Sri Lanka! Really beautiful!

  43. Posted 2 Mar ’14 at 04:25 | #

    This looks absolutely beautiful, it’s differently gonna be tried in my kitchen one day! Awesome pic’s as well :-)

  44. Posted 15 Apr ’14 at 17:18 | #

    This is definitely a dream!

  45. Posted 10 Jan ’15 at 19:10 | #

    Anyone else noticed the unicorn on the soup?

    Looks delish! :)

  46. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 05:06 | #

    Very interesting post. I like the pictures you show, very artistic. This is Sri Lanka. many people have considered that the country has exotic natural environment. Whether it is a soup dish? see its name, it seems very interesting. thanks for the share.

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