Potato Leek Soup & Baguette with Radishes and Mint: I’m Officially an Adult

by simplylife on October 5, 2012

It happened.  I can no longer justify being classified as a “young adult.”  I am officially a “real” adult (whatever that means).

 Actually, ahem, I am a “young professional,” as I prefer to be called.

Sure, there have been moments along the way.  The barista referring to me as ma’am.  The bills needing to be paid.   My inability to stay awake past 10pm (okay, that one has always been there).

But when I actually realized I was a “real” adult was during a recent presentation.  I was that presenter who couldn’t figure out technology and needed the “young adult” to say “Can I help?  Let me just take 30 seconds, plug that into that, push that, and there.  Simple.  All set.”

Yeah, and then I continued to give my presentation.  Realizing I had officially aged before my very eyes.

We’ve all sat in the room as this has happened.  You may try to console me here but let me tell you, it is never the young person up there fumbling with the cords and buttons.  Never.

Maybe this will be that final motivation to get a smartphone (I know, I know) so I can at least be living in this century?

Want to know the other way I know I’m an adult?  When I can’t stop thinking about how excited I am for the evening to arrive so I can eat homemade Potato Leek Soup, crispy baguette slices with fresh mint, and sip a glass of red wine with my husband in our little apartment.  At least this is the part of being an adult I can’t get enough of. 🙂

Baguette with Radishes and Mint

by Simply Life

Inspired by Big Apple Nosh

Keywords: appetizer side vegetarian

Ingredients (10-12 pieces)

  • 1 baguette, sliced into about 10-12 pieces
  • 2-3 tbs. butter
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 3-4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced bread into oven and bake until lightly browned and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Spread a thin layer of butter over each slice. Top with mint leave, radish slices and sprinkle of sea salt. Serve and enjoy!

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Potato Leek Soup

by Simply Life

Keywords: entree soup/stew vegetarian cabbage leeks potatoes fall


  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 5 leeks, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 head cabbage, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Herbs de Provence, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-2 cups water, optional
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan-gouda cheese (you can also just use Parmesan cheese but I found this blend as Trader Joe’s and LOVE the blend!)


1.  Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat.  Add leeks, potatoes and cabbage and cook, stirring frequently 3-4 minutes.  Add garlic and cook additional minutes.  Mix in seasonings and broth.

2.  Bring to a boil and lower heat and simmer, about 30 minutes.  Add up to 2 cups additional broth or water, if too much liquid is being absorbed, and continue to simmer.  Serve, top with cheese, and enjoy!

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I love the look of both these dishes! And I have all these ingredients in my house right now (well, minus the cabbage). Hmmm. Perhaps I should try these 🙂 🙂

  • Joanne (Eats well with others)

    I am majorly not tech savvy and never have been…always need someone else to do the setting up for me…so you’re not alone! That soup sounds majorly delicious and comforting!

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    but why are those cords always so complicated?! haha. The baguettes look so simple and delicious.

  • yummychunklet

    Your soup looks delicious alongside those pretty radish slices.

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I wasn’t always a fan of radishes on toast until I had the radish toast they serve at Westbridge!
    PS – sometimes I still don’t feel very adult-like… 😉

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    Cooking delicious food and drinking wine are definitely the perks of being an adult :). I’ve just gotten into radishes, but have yet to try them on toast with butter. I’ve been wanting to try it!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Goodness, I left young adulthood years ago though I still think I’m barely in adulthood! This is grown up awesome soup.

  • http://twitter.com/nutritiouseats Melanie Flinn

    Cute post. Yeah I am way past the young adult- got 3 kids now….even find gray hairs now and again. :0

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, love this comment 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    You make me look forward to be a young adult at least my friend 😉
    Although Im not sure how many could make a soup like yours!

    CheersChoc Chip Uru

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh you are so talented- I’m sure you could!

  • cquek

    drool- worthy and gorgeous photography

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Isn’t it funny how quite simple things can suddenly drive home a change in life stage / age? It is happening to me more and more too! Great soup as well by the way 🙂

  • decocinasytacones

    I love leeks with potatoes, I also put some fried garlic (sliced) on top of this dish and chop some carrots, I love it…and the bread with the radishes must be really good.
    I realised I was an oficial adult when a boy asked me what time it was and said “please madam, can you tell me what time it is?”..I was only 25 then.

  • http://twitter.com/swankydietitian Kristen RD

    I had a similar experience just making me realize my age. I was talking about my upcoming HS reunion. And she mentioned that she hadn’t heard anything about hers. Then she realized she is 2 years younger than me. I already knew this, but hearing it made me realize I am a real adult..going to your 10 year reunion is a milestone.
    This soup looks just amazing!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes, it is! I couldn’t believe it when I realized that much time had passed!

  • managedmacros.com

    HA! i don’t even stay away after 10 on the weekends and I am up at 4, ugh…guess that really makes me an ‘adult’ or as my friends like to say…’old lady!’ Sharing bread and wine with someone we love is just awesome and you can’t put an age on that! Love your combination of mint and radish and I am TOTALLY pinning this soup, I love potato and leek but have yet to make it, this will be THEE recipe!!!

  • Mom

    Recently, I felt hot at work and expressed it to my 20 year old co-worker. His reply, “oh, my mom gets those” That comment put me in a definite new phase! I never think ma’am is appropriate for me! Reality check!! Then, when I was at church yesterday and my very young looking cousin and I were both very hot and very cold within five minutes, I thought “if she has what I have and looks so young, it’s not so bad” !!
    Your soup looks great!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I made a potato/leek soup yesterday! I love your radish breads!

    My older son recently turned 21, so I guess that means I am “mature adult?” I actually prefer to live in denial and have done so for years… 😉

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita

    Your soup looks so comforting and inviting! I love making soups at this time of the year! Just the perfect meal.

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Ha. Your post made me laugh. I’m still without a smartphone, too (and hope to stay that way….). Love this soup. Potatoes make my favorite soups!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I still don’t feel like an adult … hehe. I know that I am though, but have never had that feeling yet 🙂

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Aging is part and parcel of life. It actually translates to wisdom 🙂

    ps: I’d love to believe I’m 29, forever!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Ooh I love that…”it actually translates to wisdom” what a great thing to remember!

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