It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.
Well half right, it’s so wet and miserable outside but it’s the dog that is snoring.
On a wet, cold and miserable January day like today, I crave something heart-warming and yummy which are often foods high in calories or carbohydrates, yet conversely January is often heralded as the time for a diet and a detox after all the festive excesses. Such a dilemma!?
This year I have an excuse to hold onto an ever expanding waistline a little longer and can almost justify a menu of Beef and Ale Pies, Bangers and mash or a fry up yet with heartburn causing havoc I am yearning for something heart-warming but not heavy.
A quick browse of the fridge and vegetable rack and I had chosen. I love making soups, they are warm and filling yet don’t lie heavy (especially important with the shrinking room my little stomach has to occupy!) and often provide lunch for the next day too.
I had parsnips, carrots and potatoes to choose from and opted to create a parsnip soup as they are one of my favourite vegetable, in fact I’m self affirmed addict of Tyrrells Parsnips Chips and my favourite vegetable side dish is honey roasted parsnips.
Parsnip Soup with Chorizo
dash of olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, small dice
3 parsnips, medium dice
900ml vegetable stock
Salt and Pepper to season
Chorizo diced into small chunks
In a large saucepan melt the butter and add a dash of oil to stop the butter from burning. Saute the onion until softened and then add the carrot and parsnip and stock and simmer for 20 minutes until softened. Liquidise the soup in a blender. Then in a dry frying pan saute the chorizo until crisp and serve on top of the soup.
It was heart warming with an earthy sweetness that I think only parsnips can deliver. The chorizo had been sourced from The Bath Pig, a British company using local free range pork to create the continental style sausages we have grown to appreciate as a nation. The one I used was the spicy Chorizo which gave a lovely added to kick to the dish and worked beautifully with the soup.
So for me this was a dilemma solved, heart-warming and yet healthy! Omit the chorizo if you want to be even more healthy.
Until next time, enjoy!