September 4, 2014   |   19 Comments
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“I want a video,” Beluga pines.  His nascent love affair with Lego and their brilliant online video clips has recently eclipsed his passion for fire trucks.  My reply, “I need to start dinner,” is met with a frown.  We’ve been ordering in dinner a little more frequently on account of my feeling very pregnant.  It’s introduced the possibility that dinner can magically appear.  Hence the frown.  But, delivery misses the point of dinner.  It’s about coming together, creating together, talking and enjoying something in the moment together.

“If you help me get dinner cooking, afterwards we can do a video.”

Within seconds, Beluga is dragging a stool over to the sink.  He reaches out for a leek and asks, “What is this?”  I explain about the many kinds of onion as he scrubs it down, his little fingers deftly poking grit out of all its crevices.


After cleaning three leeks, he asks, “What next?” I cut off the roots and ask him to give the ends another quick rinse.  Focused as he is on completing his task, he fails to ask the usual question, “What are we making?”


Instead, wondering how many more steps until video time, he diligently washes the ends of the leeks.  “What next?”


Somewhere in the middle of scrubbing potatoes, his mind shifts away from the fact that he’s making dinner.  He forgets he’s waiting.

Fttt!  Fttt!  Splat!,” Beluga cries out.

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We load the vegetables into the pot together, fill a tea bag with spices, and turn on the stove.


A couple hours later, the vegetables are soft, the contents of the pot have cooled.  As we transfer it all into a blender, Beluga spies a carton of cream on the counter.

“Could we turn it into ice cream?”  hmmm….

“We’re making Vichyssoise.”


“It’s potato leek soup.  We’ll chill it, but not to freezing.”

He’s skeptical.

“Could we make a batch to trap flies?”  hmmm…




The Vichyssoise is smooth and creamy and cool and… satisfying.  Even more satisfying is realizing at bedtime that we still haven’t gotten around to that video.  The Legomen didn’t have a chance.

Kid-made Vichyssoise
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Serves: 10
This recipe isn’t the finest Vichyssoise recipe you’ll find. And that’s the point. It can be made with small hands. We skip chopping and peeling the leeks and potatoes. Instead, everything goes into the pot whole. By the time the vegetables are cooked through, the blender does the rest. Kids can really feel ownership of this recipe, even down to cutting up the chives with a pair of kid-friendly scissors.
  • Roughly 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 3 Leeks, just the white parts
  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • A Sachet with a couple Cloves, Parsley Stems, a couple Peppercorns, and a Bay Leaf
  • 5 Cups Broth (Vegetable or Chicken, depending on your preference)
  • A Pint of Half and Half
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground Pepper, to taste
  • A Few Chive Stalks
  1. Scrub clean the leeks, cutting away the roots and green parts. Then scrub the potatoes.
  2. Put the vegetables into a large pot. Cover with about five cups of broth, or 5 cups of water and a few good boullion cubes (I like Knorr Vegetarian).
  3. Then, put all your spices into a sachet and knot it up so none of the peppercorns or cloves come out. I use a disposable bag designed for brewing loose tea, but there are cheese cloth sachets at the grocery store if you prefer.
  4. Cook your vegetables for 40 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  5. Transfer the contents of your pot to a blender, add the cream and mix until smooth. We blend in batches, and that allows us to tweak the right ratio of liquid and solids so that the soup has just the right consistency.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add some chopped chives to garnish:)



  • Matt
    September 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    “For the love of elephants!” Vita-mix blended?

    • Laura Clark
      September 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Yes – I love love love my Vitamix!

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl
    September 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I grin the whole time while reading your posts – thank you for that! Beluga’s soup looks delicious… 😉

  • eat good 4 life
    September 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my goodness you have to send me some of that soup right now :-) It looks fantastic. I make something similar too and since it is almost soup season I know i will be making it soon. Great picts of your kids. I love them!! What camera/lens do you use? Your shots are always so crisp and clear!

    • Laura Clark
      September 13, 2014 at 12:33 am

      I recently traded in my FujiX100 for a Canon 5D Mark III… completely love it. I have a Macro 100mm and a pancake lens, which seem to cover most of what I need. So fun. Though the pictures on your site are truly amazing, so you must be using something similar.

  • Teeny Tiny Kitchen
    September 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Amazing photos and adorable sous chef! Also, yummy sounding soup.

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
    September 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This soup looks lovely, and I never stop being impressed by your helpers!

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookign
    September 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    He looks like he had so much fun making and waiting for the soup to be ready! I love that he asked if you could make ice cream with the heavy cream…that’s my kind of thinking! lol

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    September 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    What a cute story! And delicious looking soup :)

  • Jory
    September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    The recipe looks amazing. The sous chef is ridiculously cute. I’m thinking we need to introduce our little sous chefs. 😉

    • Laura Clark
      September 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I agree! Love what you’re doing with your kids – amazing inspiration:)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Oh he is adorable! Great captures of Beluga 😀

  • Karishma
    September 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I’m sure my mom would’ve been ecstatic had I been interested in helping out in the kitchen that early on! He looks like he had a great time! :)

    p.s. this recipe looks delicious!

  • Anne
    September 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Ahhhh, this looks amazing!!! You’re child is so cute!!! 😀

  • Rachel @ Bakerita
    September 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Love this!! Your son is absolutely adorable, and potato leek soup is a family favorite around here :)

  • Lisa H.|from My Lemony Kitchen...
    September 18, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Can Beluga come help me in my kitchen? :)
    He is so adorable. Mommy’s little helper.
    and the “Vichy-what” looks delicious 😀

  • Kim@Treats & Trinkets
    September 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Ohmigoodness, your little helper is too cute! I’m jealous. All I have is a furball that tries to trip me when I’m at the stove. 😀

    I’ve never tried vichyssoise, but kid friendly is also Kim-friendly. I’ll have to try it out!

  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink
    October 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Can’t wait for my toddler to start “helping” m ein the kitchen, this is so cute!

    November 2, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Love having little helpers in the kitchen to get things done quickly! And this soup looks gooooood.

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