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Parsnips are deeply anti-social

January 23, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that parsnips just don’t go with lots of things. They’re OK with apple and with potato and carrot.  They’e OK in a cake, providing they don’t have to fight with the other ingredients (and a stodgy cake is called for).  They’re OK in soup – again the other ingredients must be chosen for their amenableness – is that a word? They are OK on their own, and OK with cinnamon. But they don’t like to be mixed with too many things – an anti-social vegetable. I can’t be dealing with anti social veg. I realise that now.

Earlier on today – before my parsnip epiphany – I made something which turned out truly horrible. It wasn’t intentional. I’ve made similar things before (without parsnips) and they were edible – good even. But this was just nasty. The principle is that it’s a red food sweet and sour  (maybe that was the mistake; parsnips aren’t red).

Bizarrely, I’m offering the recipe, but parsnip lovers might want to  read on.

Chop a red onion, a clove of garlic, a large carrot, three or four tomatoes, about half a cup of shredded red cabbage and grate an apple (red) and a parsnip (in future I’ll leave the parsnip out). Put in a pan with a little olive oil, 2 tablespoons of water and some salt and bung in a hottish oven for half an hour or so. The veg needs to be soft and the tomatoes need to be mushy.

Make a spice mix of a teaspoon each of  ground cinnamon, ginger, coriander, cayenne pepper, tomato ketchup and cornflour. Add enough apple juice to mix it to a smooth paste and add to the vegetables. Add about a cup of water and cook, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens.

Usually I’d serve this with rice, but when I tasted it I decided to cut my losses and consign it to the bin. Angry, because I’d wasted lots of nice vegetables (parsnips excepted) on a combination that didn’t work, I decided to cook some pasta instead. The beloved came in. “Something smells good” he said. “It’s horrible” I replied.

He tasted it. He said he liked it. He said he didn’t know what was wrong with it. I’m completely baffled – but he does like parsnips.

So Arlo, Poppy and I ate pasta. The beloved ate the anti- social parsnip dish. And enjoyed it. There’s a lesson there somewhere.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    January 24, 2012 7:50 pm

    The truth is that parsnips are best with meat and gravy; never going to work for a vegitarian!

  2. January 24, 2012 10:04 pm

    You could be right!

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