What’s Cookin’?

This morning, as I was reflecting on the simply divine wild parsnip soup I made for dinner last night (recipe below), I came across this link to an LA Times article about The Kitchen Sisters posted on the PRPD blog. Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva are AIR members, award-winning producers, visionaries (and fans of MQ2) who are now working on a project to document the secret life of girls. This NPR and online series will include “stories of coming of age, secret identities, of women who crossed a line broke a trail, changed a tide.” As a mother to two girls, I’m excited and intrigued by this public media project and hope to contribute in some way.

Now, in honor of the Kitchen Sisters who have been an inspiration to many in public media, I am sharing this recipe, which makes a great addition to any holiday meal:

Parsnip Soup for Two (best to make while listening to public radio, of course)

Saute one diced sweet onion in oil or butter.  Add one thinly sliced garlic clove.  

Add 1/2 tsp each of ginger powder, ground cardamom, coriander and cumin.

Pour in two cups of vegetable bouillon or broth (I like no-chicken broth) and one pound of peeled cubed parsnips.  

Bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer for a whole hour.  Breathe in the delightful aromas. Puree the soup; return to the pot; boil again; add salt and pepper and half a grated apple (I’m a fan of honeycrisp and pink ladies.) Warm it up and serve.

Feel free to double or triple or quadruple the ingredients.

Imagine, that once upon a time, I thought a parsnip was just an albino carrot. I know better now and I’m happy to share this delicious news with you.