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December 2, 2012


It seems a long time ago that I was battling with parsnips. Today the beloved and Arlo came back from the allotment having harvested a barrow full of goodies – parsnips, leeks, carrots and a huge, huge mound of gone to seed French parsley – nice.

The parsnips this year are small compared to last year and far fewer (I’m thankful for small mercies, but that’s just me). The beloved is very partial to a parsnip in any guise so he’s a little disappointed. I think it unlikely that Annie will have a huge parsnip for a birthday gift which is a shame as she too is a fan.

The parsnips may be smaller, but they are jut as multi-limbed. The beloved washed them and I spent a happy hour separating the “limbs” from the smaller ones and deep cleaning the crevices so that I could make soup.

I used three leeks, two smallish parsnips, four sweet and very strongly tasting (and slightly got by carrot fly) carrots, a heaped tablespoon of red lentils, one of Paul’s really quite disappointing tasting and floury (but very attractive) large apples and a generous bunch of the aforementioned parsley, chopped small. Fried in olive oil then simmered with water, salt and pepper added and finally blended until smooth, it all made a very nice soup. Quite sweet. We ate it with croutons, grated cheese and Doritos – Arlo’s request, but Grannie was tucking in to them.

I also roasted some parsnips in oil and grape and chilli jelly. Even to the parsnip ambivalent, they were quite pleasant – as long as you only have one or two. It’s just a pity that there are still so many parsnips left. And gone to seed parsley.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    December 2, 2012 10:44 pm

    Shame, but we have grown our own!

  2. December 2, 2012 11:26 pm

    That’s a relief!

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