Leek With Olive Oil

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Leek is one of the vegetables that many children hate eating. In Turkey, moms struggle a lot to have their children eat it. There becomes an invisible fight between moms and children and the winner of the fight depends on moms’ different kinds of methods. Some moms threaten them to tell their father that they don’t eat leek. Some remind their children of poor people who can not find any food. Some make leeks talk to their children, leeks say that they feel so sorry when they are refused and they ask crying why children don’t love them. You decide which method is more effective.

You may ask the method of my mom. I think she was luckier as we had some vegetables in our garden including leeks and she used to take me with her to pick some leeks. She used to love the vegetables she grew with dad so much that she used to pick all vegetables by flattering and talking to them. As a child I thought that these vegetables were like members of our family, so never refused eating it. And I understood how delicious it is when I grew older, it’s one of my favorite dishes now. Most children feels the same when they grow, but of course there may be some stubborn ones.

Olive oil is the key point of this dish. If you have the chance of finding natural olive oil, it becomes more tasty. It is served  cold or warm (but not hot) as a main dish or a side dish/appetizer.

Zeytinyagli Pirasa

-4 leeks
-1 carrot
-1 lemon, squeezed
-1tsp salt
-1tsp sugar (or one cube sugar)
-1/4 cup rice, washed
-1/4 cup water
-1/3 cup olive oil

Some people also add onion, but as leek itself is coming from onion family, I think making it without onion is better.

Cut the tops of the leek and wash them well. Cut them into diagonal slices. Set them aside.

Peel the carrot and cut it vertically into four pieces, then slice them as big as a half finger.

Put half of the olive oil in a pot and saute the carrot slices first. Add sugar and then the leeks. Stir them well and add the lemon juice and cover the pan. Cook it over medium heat for 15 minutes and then add rice, water and salt in it. Bring the heat to the lowest and cook it until the rice cooks. After it is cooked, let it cool in the pan. And finally drizzle the rest of the olive oil on it before serving. This is another important tip; when you add some raw olive oil before serving, all the dishes with olive oil tastes even better.

Leek With Olive Oil | giverecipe.com

Mom And Child Leeks

The child leek comes home with a big disappointment and tells her mom that she doesn’t want to go out any more. It is her first day at school and she’s learnt that children don’t like leeks. It is a shocking reality for her as she’s always dreamed of meeting some human friends and presenting its taste to them.

When the mom leek sees her daughter at the garden gate with a down face, she decides to ask some help from her. She wants her daughter to forget her sadness for a while. While they are hanging the washed clothes together, she tells her daughter that all children will love them if they are cooked right. (drawing by mom)


  1. sarah says

    I used to never use leeks but now I use them when making leek fritters, another tasty dish

  2. says

    I love leeks. My kids, aren’t thrilled with things that are oniony, but they’ll eat them for me anyway. The older they get, the easier it gets.

  3. says

    They sound delicious with rice! What a cute picture! Growing a garden with kids is such a great way to get them to eat their veggies!

  4. says

    I love leeks – now, but growing up we did not have them very often. I love the story of the mother and child leeks you shared.

  5. says

    What a wonderful little story and drawing! Of all the strategies you listed above, your mother’s is the best one – introducing you to vegetables so that you know where they come from and don’t become suspicious of them. I hated vegetables (really) as a child but have grown to love them as an adult and I’m still discovering so many that I’ve never tried before. I’ve had leeks in soups or used as one ingredient in a larger dish but this would be the first where it’s the center of attention. Your recipe looks easy and delicious and something I will definitely try!

  6. says

    That’s a really cute little cartoon! It makes sense that kids who are helping in the garden are less reluctant to eat their vegetables than kids who don’t, although I have to say that I haven’t found the vegetable my little nephew won’t eat yet. He actually turns down sweets in favor of more broccoli!

  7. says

    Ya know, I don’t get enough leeks into my diet. Maybe it’s time for a change. Starting with this recipe.

  8. says

    Luckily, I’ve never had any problem eating leeks, so I know I’d like the leeks with carrot and rice – and I just love the cartoon, very sweet.

  9. Louis says

    Hi Zerrin,

    I have done your recipe quite a few times now. It is one of my favourites. :-)

    Thank you for posting it.

    • says

      Glad to hear that Louis! It is one of our favorites in winter too. Also thanks for sharing your comment here!


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