Weather, soup and socks

September 10, 2008 at 10:37 am 1 comment

I realise that, as my parents live near Morpeth and now need to replace all their downstairs carpets and floorboards, it seems rather petty to whine about the fact that my tomatoes and peppers aren’t ripening, but


And now here is a recipe for curried parsnip soup, adapted from Appetisers, Finger Food, Buffets and Parties by Bridget Jones (ed.):

Serves 4

2 tbsp butter

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander

4 parsnips, peeled and sliced

4 tsp garam masala

450 ml stock

450 ml milk

4 tbsp sour cream or yoghurt

squeeze lemon juice

salt and pepper

1. Melt butter, add garlic and onion and cook over medium heat for 4-5 mins. Add spices and cook for further 1-2 mins.

2. Add parsnip slices, sweat them briefly, add stock. Cover and simmer on low heat for appx 15 mins.

3. Remove pan from heat, leave to cool slightly then blend until smooth.

4. Return to pan and stir in milk, heat gently for appx 2-3 mins then add half sour cream (if using) and squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste.

5. Serve with swirls of yoghurt or the remaining sour cream and chopped fresh herbs (chives, coriander…) and naan bread.

This recipe, from River Cottage, has been the most successful I’ve used yet but you might have your own. The recipe calls for 2 tsp curry paste, but I never have any so I just use garam masala instead. I also sometimes use more stock to cook it and then add a smaller amount of cream at the end instead of milk, or just use yoghurt as that’s what I most often have in the fridge.

In other news, I’ve finally finished the second sock and just need to sew up the toe! I will have warm feet this winter, if no home-made tomato sauce…


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. dakota  |  September 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Many thanks! I’m looking forward to trying it. 🙂


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