detail from Johann Georg Sturm’s 1796 Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen
When you realize that you have six pounds of parsnips, and the odd roast turkey carcass and the freezer needs defrosting (because the freezer is old enough to be NOT frost-free) and the weather is also not frost-free….time to make some soup.
You work in a kitchen, sometimes you make soup.
I’ve had some great soup gurus – early on Anna Thomas…
There are also the ethnic soups that are shades of my childhood, what we ate and what we talked about…
Barbara Kafka has a soup book called, “Soup : A Way of Life”.
Not to be confused with
But I digress….
But most of the time I make soup by assembling the likely ingredients – in some cases the Most Likely ingredients – and then think about how they go together, and what needs to be added to make them one soup and not a bunch of leftovers.The soupness helps to bring things together, but the right accent can make things great.
There’s also the internet …..
Most of the parsnip soup recipes called for milk or cream, and there are allergy issues with dairy AND it would mean a trip to the store….and wants to go to the store for ONE THING? And who comes back from the store with one thing?????.
But the internet had quite a few vegan veggie soups, many of which included cashews, which bring up nut issues ….but also, I had NO cashews and then I would have to go to the store for one thing….back to that.
Then there were a raft of soup recipes where the roots were roasted and pureed.
Pureeing….there’s no blender in the kitchen, but boiling the roasted roots in broth makes mashing a really possibility.
Parsnips are peeled and cut. The better part of a head of garlic, peeled. All the veggies tossed with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in a hot oven til fork tender, 350° oven about an hour, fork very tender.
Cool and save.
Soup Day morning, add 5 quarts broth made from the turkey carcass and a big sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil.
Simmer for an hour, mash the parsnips to thicken it up. Taste and adjust seasonings. Bring to a bowl.
Makes 15 servings.