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Parsnips make me shudder but this is ok, soup

December 28, 2011

The beloved went to the allotment and came back with a huge parsnip, the last of the chard and a handful of chillies. “Parsnips make me shudder” said Arlo, and I know what he means – I’m not a fan either, however, there are parsnips waiting to be dug up which will need to be eaten so finding ways of disguising them is imperative. The answer is soup. And a very large potato and a couple of local russet apples.

Wash, peel and chop as many parsnips and potato as you need to use. Chop and de-seed (if you want to) some chillies – I had three red and one green and they are quite hot, so I did de-seed them (they made my fingers burn) – and fry them in a little oil with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic. Add the parsnips and potatoes and put the lid on the pan. Wash and chop the chard and add this. Peel and core the apples and add them. Give the whole lot a stir and cook for a while – don’t let it stick to the bottom of the pan. Then add enough water – or stock – to cover the vegetables and cook with a lid on until the potatoes and parsnips are done. Add probably a pint of water (an English pint is 20fl oz – useful bit of general knowledge), a lot of ground black pepper and salt to taste. Blend until very smooth – add more water if it’s too thick. Return to the stove to reheat and serve with French bread.

The picture doesn’t really show the flecks of red which are the chillies. The soup was really hot. Nice though, and it didn’t make Arlo shudder – though he did eat quite a lot of bread with it.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    January 10, 2012 8:58 pm

    How can you not like parsnips?
    Mashed ones were an essential part of Christmas lunch at home. I’ve got used to them roasted but would always opt for mashed! I made soup with some of our giant allotment parsnips, too.

  2. January 10, 2012 10:12 pm

    Oh dear. The beloved hasn’t dug up all our allotment giant parsnips yet….

  3. Annie permalink
    January 11, 2012 5:06 pm

    You know where to bring any spare!

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