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Socially challenged parsnips

January 24, 2012

I’ve been told that parsnips aren’t really anti social because they are an ideal accompaniment to meat and gravy (which I don’t eat).  Consequently I am unaware the delights of the companionable parsnip.  I’m not convinced.

But I will concede that perhaps parsnips are just socially challenged. So here’s something that the socially challenged parsnip works with: carrot and potato, green lentils and mushrooms with green pepper.

Rinse then soak a cup full of large flat green lentils for an hour in water. Drain any water off then cover with fresh water into which you’ve added a sprig of rosemary, and a teaspoon of oregano, bring to the boil and then simmer until done – takes about 15 minutes. Drain off any remaining water,  remove the rosemary, add some salt and several generous dollops of nice flavoured olive oil.  Stir well.

Peel and chop a parsnip, large carrot and large potato and boil until mashable, then mash them with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Chop a green pepper, a couple of large field mushrooms and a couple of cloves of garlic and stir fry in some sesame oil and add a splash of shoyu (soy sauce).

Assemble on a tasteful plate – maybe drizzle some chilli sauce over?  Good companions.

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