Spicy Roasted Parsnip soup

Parsnips I can hear you say!? but hold on once roasted with spices these take on a wonderful rich sweet taste. Perfect lunch food but interesting enough to serve to guests for supper. Also it is easy to make and will make you feel witty, young and clever.

Ingredients

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tsp Coriander seeds and cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 onion cut into 8

2 garlic cloves

700g Parsnips peeled and diced

2 tomatoes quartered

2 carrots diced

1.2l vegetable stock

1 tbsp lemon Juice

Directions

Heat oven to gas 7 /200c. Mix oil and spices together in a large bowl and add all the vegetables. Spread over a heavy baking tray and roast for 30 mins, once the vegetables have roasted put them in a large pan with the hot vegetable stock bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes . Add lemon juice and check seasoning. Finish with toasted cumin seeds

Health benefits

If you have been worrying about getting old and losing your marbles – like me – then worry no longer as Turmeric has shown to prevent Alzheimer’s it also will help detoxify your liver – always good after one too many – lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer by protecting you from free radicals, helps the body destroy cancerous cells, and reduces the bodies ability to grow tumours. It is also the safest anti inflammatory known (similar in strength to hydrocortisone). Now you can see why those pesky drug companies want it all for themselves. It also cures flatulence which is very useful because …

Parsnips are a great source of fibre. They’re high in soluble fibre, the type that helps lower cholesterol, makes you fart and keeps blood sugar on an even keel . They’re a source of folic acid, which women who are planning a family require to help reduce the risk of certain disabling birth defects. Folic acid also plays a role in reducing heart disease and may help prevent dementia and osteoporosis bone fractures. And potassium, an aid to blood pressure, is present in ample quantities

Did You know…

Englishwoman Rachel Millet, war hero and wife of a French diplomat, famously served VIPs in Bangkok a soup garnished with ping pong balls as a result of mispronouncing the Thai word for toast to her cook.

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