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Spiced parsnip & cauliflower soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil Olive oil ol-iv oylProbably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets Cauliflower coll-ee-fl-ow-ahA brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…
  • 3 parsnips, chopped Parsnip par-snip The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…
  • 2 onions, chopped Onion un-yunOnions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed Fennel seeds feh-nell seedsA dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…
  • 1 tsp coriander seed Coriander seed kor-ee-and-er seedThe small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…
  • ½ tsp turmeric Turmeric term-er-ikTurmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1-2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 5cm piece ginger, sliced Ginger jin-jerMainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
  • zest and juice 1 lemon Lemon le-monOval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • handful coriander, chopped
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the vegetables. Cover partially and sweat slowly for 10-15 mins until soft but not brown. In a separate pan, dry-roast the spices with a pinch of salt for a few mins until fragrant. Grind with a pestle and mortar to a fine powder.
  • Add the garlic, chilli, ginger and spices to the vegetables, and cook for about 5 mins, stirring regularly. Add the lemon zest and juice. Pour in the stock, topping up if necessary to just cover the veg. Simmer for 25-30 mins until all the vegetables are tender.
  • Purée with a blender until smooth. Dilute the consistency with more water if needed, until you get a thick but easily pourable soup. Season generously, stir in the coriander and add more lemon juice to balance the taste. Eat straight away or chill in the fridge to reheat. This also freezes beautifully. Serve with crusty bread, if you like.