"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Parsnip Wholegrain Mustard Soup

1 Medium Onion (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
2-3 Tsp Olive oil (or butter)
1 1/2 lbs (650gr) Parsnips
4 cups of vegetable stock (low sodium)
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cream
2 Tsp of wholegrain mustard
Salt & Pepper
Parsley to garnish

1. In a sauce pan, saute onion and garlic into olive oil , until golden.
2. Add parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped, vegetable stock and allow it to cook in medium heat for about 25 min until parsnips are fully cooked.
3. When cooked, process the soup in batched in a food processor. Allow it to cool off until about 10 min before serving
4. Return soup to the pan, and slowly reheat it  to about 175F (80C). Fold in Milk and Cream, ensuring liquid does not reach the boiling point.
5. Add wholegrain mustard and stir it lightly until completely incorporated.
6. Taste for seasonings and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
7. Place soup in individual bolws  and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Thermomix (bimby)
1. In the TM cup add quarted onions, garlic and olive oil and program 5sec/speed5. Be sure to lower all contents from the cup walls  before proceeding to the next step.
2. Program 4min/100/1, and allow onion and garlic to golden, but not cook entirely.
3. Add parsnips and stock and program 20min/100/2
4. Puree soup by programing 20sec/5-7-9. (test for velvety consistency)
5. Allow soup to cool. About 10 min before serving, reheat soup to 80C.

6.Then program 4min/80/spoon, add milk and cream using the cup opening and finally add wholegrain mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Place soup in individual blows  and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

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