Cold Summer Leek and Crab Soup

A quick starter that is great on a hot day, the cold leek and crab soup provides a delicious starter, easy to prepare.

It seems strange to have a crab ice-cream but it works perfectly, the delicate taste of the crab combining superbly with the leek soup.

We sampled it on a perfect Summer day at the foot of the Garlaban, dear to Marcel Pagnol, in the garden of Brigitte and Christian, in the shade of a big mulberry tree.

Recreating it here is a bit of a challenge, but I love a challenge anyway, so here it goes:

Serves 4:

  • 6 medium size leeks, rinsed and cut into 3 cms chunks
    500ml vegetable stock
  • 100ml single cream
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the crab ice-cream:
  • 250g white crab meat, preferably fresh (or tinned)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 150g light Philadelphia soft cheese
  1. Drain the leeks and toss them in a frying pan containing the heated olive oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Put them in a liquidizer with the vegetable stock and whizz. Add the cream and place in the fridge.
  3. Mix the crab meat, soft cheese and lime juice. Place in a tupperware container and put in the freezer for two hours.
  4. When the crab ice-cream has a reached a nice consistency, scoop it and serve it in the cold soup.

Bon Appétit!
Tip: If you want to have a harder consistency for the crab ice-cream, you can use some Agar flakes. The agar agar gives a consistency which could be achieved by using gelatine, but is suitable for vegetarians as it is made from sea weed.