Leeks and Synonyms
I bought my first thesaurus in high school, when I realized that actually a dictionary isn’t all you need to write well. They’ll probably help you read better and learn new words, but they won’t give you the synonym side options that make writing flavourful.
In grade ten, I wrote on my thesaurus: “i am greedy with words. they make me hungry. language is a delicacy. articulation is a spork and knife” Not only does this show my brilliant peak of geekdom, but to top it off, I thought I was pretty cool and innovative by using the word “spork”. (I was thinking about KFC when I chose that word – you know, the round utensil that functions as both a fork and a spoon to eat the chemistry-green coleslaw only found at KFC?)
I loved and love synonyms. And in searching for recipes using leeks, I came across a lot of onion recipes. Turns out the leeks are like onions – they’re like the flavour synonym for that eye-watering, nose-stinging vegetable. Though I’ve never eaten a raw leek to tell you whether the smell will haunt your pores like a traditional onion, leeks do become mellow and sweet when you stew them.
So that’s what I did. Stewed the leeks, more or less. A lot of the recipes I found for leeks were either creamy pies or casseroles – none of which appeal in the mid-end of July.
Pretending that leeks did in fact come from my herb + single zucchini garden, I flipped through the Gardening issue of Canadian Living to find a recipe for ginger green onion sauce – which, like my well-used thesaurus, I swapped for another ingredient.
Ginger Leek Sauce Adopted from Canadian Living
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup chopped leeks
- 2 tbsp minced gingerroot
- 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat.
- Add leeks, ginger, lemon rind, sugar and salt and reduce heat to low and cook, stirring until leeks are softened, about 10 minutes.
- Serve as a side or refrigerate for up to 2 days.
The sauce works well with an omelette and your favourite kind of bagel. Lunch – done!