Yesterday, I got my cooking partner back =).  

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers, concern, & well wishes.  It means more than you know.

While he's much better, he's still on the road to recovery... & I'm doing all that I can to get this boy back to full health. 

I knew just the cookbook to pull of the shelf... written with pure passion for our culinary pleasure... wholesome, lax, chic (yes, recipes can totally be chic), simple (I realize I am saying this about every recipe I've shared, but seriously, her recipes are impressively simple)- & better yet- arranged according to the season... with a lovely little story behind each one (she definitely inherited the "writing gene").

An abundance of parsnips was the determining factor behind last night's chosen recipe- which is btw, in the "winter" section, but apparently parsnips are thriving among our csa farms.

{hollers'} curried parsnip soup

*from miss dahl's voluptuous delights, by sophie dahl 

serves 4

4 large parsnips 
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
Olive oil
1 tbs of curry powder
2 cups of chicken (or vegetable) stock
[we added 1 small can white navy beans, drained & rinsed]
2 tbs light cream (we used a dollop of greek yogurt)
a handful of chopped chives
salt & pepper
a handful of chopped, fresh parsley

 First, peel and chop the parsnips, cutting them into rough chunks.

In a large soup pan, gently sweat the onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the curry powder and stir.  Pour the stock into the pan and add the parsnips, and beans, if using.  Bring to a boil and then simmer until the parsnips are tender, around 15-20 minutes.  Puree and put back into the soup pan, adding the cream and the chives.  Season and serve garnished with the chopped parsley.  {for time's sake, we left the parsley out}
A perfect way to use up your parsnips,  if you ask me. 


  1. i'm so happy things are on the up and up! nothing like soup made with extra love to soothe the soul. xx

  2. Glad things are (hopefully) getting back to normal :)

  3. Oh so glad your hubs is back on form! That soup sounds divine. I always wondered what happened to Sophie Dahl...I once interviewed her at a party in London when she was a model and I was a journalist - she was sweet and was nice to me (unlike some of the rest...)and had proper proper curves and looked like she ate!

  4. I'm so glad you got your cooking partner back. That is wonderful news. xo

  5. so happy about the news! your status definitely reminded me how I'm so far behind on blog reading.

    yummm that recipe sounds amazing!! And I totally love her! bookmarking this to try soon

  6. My husband would absolutely love this combo of British flavours. :) Happy to hear all is well on the home front although I'm embarrassed to say I missed the earlier post.

  7. I love this cookbook! And I super love that you got your cooking partner back with a clean bill of health. :) xoxo

  8. oh this is so terribly delayed - but i do hope he is 100% better by this point. i'm sure he had a good nurse! :)


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