Leeks With Olives and Feta

READY IN: 22mins




  • Cut crosses in the tops of the tomatoes, then put them in a bowl, cover and soak for 1 minute in boiling water, drain and rinse in cold water, then remove skins roughly chop.
  • Trim the leeks, wash thoroughly and pat the leaves dry with paper towelling, then cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces. I find using the kitchen scissors is the quickest and easiest way to do this.
  • Peel and crush the garlic, heat the oil in a pan or wok, preferably non-stick, and sauté the tomatoes and garlic for 2-3 minutes; then stir in the lemon juice, the leeks and the 150ml (5 fluid ounces) of vegetable stock and bring to the boil.
  • Season the leek mixture and stir in the sugar, cover with a lid or foil and cook for 5 minutes, then remove the lid, give the leek mixture a stir and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until the leeks are just tender and the liquid has evaporated.
  • Transfer the leek mixture to a bowl, stir in the olives, cool it completely, then chill for 30 minutes. Crumble the feta, then stir it into the leek mixture. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges and serve.
  • A fascinating fact about olive trees: Olive trees are extremely long-lived. The famous olive tree under which Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher sat in Athens is still growing! Two and a half thousand years later!