Friday, 2 May 2008

Parsnip soup with smoked cheese and soy sauce

Call it spring stress, call it searching for my muse, call it a stupid gap, but here I am - back after two months without a single post about food. I am terribly sorry, for I must be to be polite, but fortunately (so you can cheer and forgive me right away) I can say that I've found the muse and have some great stuff to show you.

Only that...I have to make most of them again to make pictures. Silly silly me.

This soup stayed a dream for quite some time, until one day I got it all right and I literally went 'mmmmmmmm' till my bowl was empty. I couldn't believe it! There was actually competition to my all-time-favourite carrot soup with coriander and aniseed.

Keep the stock light and your heart open for the best experience.

Parsnip soup with smoked cheese
(serves 4)

300 g parsnip, diced
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
2 dl chicken broth
4 dl milk
100 g smoked cheese, diced
1 tbsp butter
salt, sugar
soy sauce
  1. Melt butter in a soup pot, add diced parsnip, onion and garlic, cover with lid and sautee about 10 minutes, until the onion is transparent.
  2. Add broth and boil for 30 minutes, until parsnip is tender.
  3. Puree the potful, then add the smoked cheese and puree until very smooth.
  4. Pour everything back to the pot, add milk, stirring and flavour with salt and a bit of sugar. Heat up.
  5. When serving, sprinkle with soy sauce.

The soup is full of taste. It has got this sweet flick to it, from the natural sweetness of the parsnip (which, much like the carrot, can cheer up any savoury dish) and also from the essential dash of sugar. The smoked cheese makes it creamier, gives it an attitude, intensifies the taste.

The soy sauce, as the final key to the taste combination, gives the soup the sparkle of life. I wanted to taste a bit with every mouthful, so I just added some more when I'd done with half of the soup. Don't mix it, enjoy it as a contrast, a treat. I'm not a fan of soy sauce, but I love it with red fish and I adore it on this soup.


foodhoe said...

evelin, the soup sounds fantastic. I am of japanese descent and just love soy sauce. The swirl for garnish looks and sounds lovely!

Inez said...

I just wanted to let you know that we tried this tonight, and it was FABULOUS! :) Thanks for the recipe!

Evelin said...

foodhoe, thanks!

inez, you can't believe how great it is to hear the word 'fabulous'!:) Thank YOU for the compliment!

Sophie said...

Your recipes are so unique, great pics too :). I'll definitely be stopping by here again :D. Nice meeting you :).

Kat said...

mmmm, this made me hungry. And I'm usually not a big fan of parsnips :)