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Parsnip Mint Soup

There’s something about temperature contrasts that really works for me, so I love the hot soup and cold salsa here with every bite. The salsa is also pretty key for me because when it come down to it, I just don’t like smooth soups without any texture to them.

The greenmarkets are full of these big, meaty parsnips lately – take advantage of them!

In other news, there are still a few seats available for the May 3rd dinner at Jack, and we just announced the May 10th menu yesterday.

2007: Persimmon Mint Salsa
2006: Striped Bass with Ramps

Parsnip Mint Soup
(adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters)
1 white onion
3 tbsp butter
2 lbs parsnips
1/2 lb potatoes
4-6 C chicken stock
1 bunch fresh mint (about 1/4 lb), leaves only
1 small red onion
juice of 1 lime
some fresh hot chile

Peel and slice the onion and put it into stew in the butter, covered, over low heat. Peel the parsnips and potatoes and cut into large chunks.

Once the onions are soft, add the potatoes and parsnips and salt and continue to stew, covered, for about 10 minutes more.

Add chicken stock to cover and simmer until veg is totally cooked. Remove from heat.

Reserve a handful of the mint leaves and throw the rest into the soup. Puree the soup, then strain. Season with salt and pepper.

Make salsa with red onion, reserved mint, lime juice, and hot chiles.

Serve hot, garnished with cold salsa.

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6 Responses to “Parsnip Mint Soup”

  1. mr.ed says:

    Simple, with no exotic ingredients from another planet. Thanks. Ya done good!

  2. Toni says:

    Oh Yes! I’ll take a giant bowl of that soup – NOW!!

  3. Aran says:

    I think a dish should always be about a little contrast. That’s what makes it pop in our motuh, in our brain, in our eyes… Gorgeous!

  4. Sophie says:

    I just discovered your blog, and it’s really beautiful~the pictures are so nice and the dishes look so fresh and healthy! I’ll be back again soon :). Nice meeting you!


  5. Hélène says:

    My 1st vist and I’m glad I discovered your blog. I love it.

  6. Sailinghome says:

    I made the soup last week…. it tasted really good…. mum and I weren’t convinced, I will admit, that it would taste OK… we even admitted that we’d throw it away if we didn’t like it… in fact, we loved it…!!!… fresh mint is must in this….


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