It’s been a while since I reviewed a recipe, so I thought it was time to fix that! Parsnips have been in Aldi’s ‘Super 6’ recently (a couple of times in fact), and I bought a bag, chucked them in the fridge… and forgot about them! They’re still ‘viable’ though, and I’m totally into my soup right now – in fact, if you follow me on Instagram you probably think I have an unhealthy obsession with the stuff… I can’t help it/don’t want it. It’s just so warm and comforting and easy to make I keep coming back to it over and over again.
So.. bag of parsnips. Creamed coconut in the fridge. A Google later and I was at the Deliciously Ella website for Spiced Parsnip Soup. Now, I’ll be honest… I have the ‘Deliciously Ella’ cookbook, but I’ve yet to be blown away by any of the recipes. They’re all lovely, but the flavour never quite comes through for me, personally. I always ended up having to retrospectively add more spice or depth etc.
Are actually broken down and described very well, although granted most of them are spices. There is the usual bugbear of describing an amount of vegetables in a generic way, rather than a generic way with approximate weight (my personal preference): the ingredients ask for “8 parsnips”. Well is that 8 tiny parsnips from the last/first of the crop, or 8 full-and-healthy-sized parsnips from mid-season? There could be 500g, there could be 1kg. Ok, end rant. For me, 8 parsnips was about 7, actually. I just used the entire bag of parsnips from Aldi and topped and tailed, it was just shy of 650g.
In the long list of spices there is also Apple Cider Vinegar – I forgot to add this and don’t think the soup suffered so, if you don’t have any, you can get away with not making a special purchase just for this dish.
I also didn’t have any coconut milk in, but I did have a block of creamed coconut so I added warm water as per the packets instructions and hey! Instant coconut milk. I love making it up this way because I can make “light” or “full-fat” just by adjusting the water amount.
It states four, and that’s what we got out of it without being overly stuffed nor scrimping on portion sizes. Spot on. Although – it was so delicious I could of eaten two bowls and given myself a Buddha Belly *just sayin*
The taste test
As mentioned above, I really liked this parsnip soup from Deliciously Ella. The combination of coconut milk and the Indian spices come together beautifully (when don’t they, to be fair). The additon of the sweet, roasted parsnips gives it a hearty, stomach-filling feel that will easily have you reaching for another bowlful.
Would I make it again? Yes.
Note: I’m writing this of my own free will. I bought the book from a group that comes to my workplace. No money or freebies received.