i am so sorry....this didn't go over well at all. :( I was happy the fennel seeds softened but i didn't like the flavor of them against the delicate leeks. dh flat out hated the whole dish. younger dd said she liked it but picked out the fennel seeds. older dd said it was ok but wouldn't eat 2nds or leftovers. i absolutely LOVE leeks so I was really looking forward to this and am really sad nobody liked it. perhaps more leeks, no fennel seeds? made for veggie swap 7/11.