Sunday, January 6, 2008

Smells like...

I wasn't sure what to expect when parsnips showed up in my December delivery. Honestly I couldn't recall ever eating one.

But they looked like white carrots, so how bad could they be?

I diligently searched for recipes and found an interesting one called Parsnip Potato Curry. But it called for lots of spices that I don't have, and while this would have been a good excuse to round out my spice rack, I've been less than motivated to make potatoes lately.

So with those parsnips guilt tripping me everytime I opened my refrigerator, I finally did something about them tonight.

I found an easy recipe called Parsnip Puree that called for parsnips (check), butter (check), chicken broth (check), and sea salt and pepper (check and check).

I peeled and cut them into 1/2 inch pieces.

That's when I first noticed the smell. It was hard to place, so I proceeded to boil them for about 35 minutes until tender.

Then I scooped about half the parsnips into the blender, added some butter and chicken stock, and pressed the puree button.

The stuff on the bottom moved but the 'nips on top hadn't budged. I opened the blender to mix them up a bit.

That's when the smell of vomit hit me.

But something about the butter and chicken stock neutralized the odor enough for me to press on. I also opened a window and turned on the fan.

By the time I finished, I had a mashed potato-like mixture that actually looked like vomit.

While it still kinda smells, I am taking little bites as I write this post and wishing I tried that other recipe instead. But alas, I used them all up tonight.

I don't want to be a hater, but I hope no parsnips show up in my January delivery.


Anonymous said...

Hmm. Googling parsnip, vomit and smell, yours is the only reference to the parsnips themselves smelling like vomit. I hope they weren't bad parsnips.

L & M said...

Add some carrots to your puree next time. Parnip and carrot puree with fresh ginger is de-lish. also good in chicken soup!

GourmetGoddess said...

I would be happy to trade you something for your parsnips. I adore mine just boiled and mashed. I also like them in stew.

Many folks don't like them because they have somewhat of a perfume odor.

Rachel said...

Bells! Can you post the recipe you didn't use for the parsnip potato curry? I have a friend out here who was mentioning the parsnips he got in his CSA delivery, and I said "my friend will soon be telling me about a curry she's making!" Alas, parsnip vomit instead.

Also, you know you can buy small amounts of spices at spice stores like that place on Wells? It's a low-cost way to experiment and doesn't leave you with large amoutns of exotic spices that are likely to get stale.

Loving your foray here! I'm working on Thai food. Made pad thai the other night which seemed authentic but was too sour for my american taste. My pad see eiw, however, ROCKS. Come visit and I'll make it for you!

Lindsay said...

Hi Kleiners! The Parsnip Potato Curry recipe is linked in this posting. Here's the link again:


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