I can’t remember the last time I cooked with a turnip and am prepared to go out on a limb and suggest that it may have been in the last century. Which is a little strange as when I was a kid, turnips were one of the easiest things to grow in my vege garden. They grow very quickly and I remember the sweet taste of a freshly pulled raw turnip vividly. Perhaps the best way to eat them as cooking only seems to diminish that flavour.
So last night when I was flicking through Ripailles by Stephane Reynaud I came across a vegetable soup that contained turnip. And it was easy. So off to Woolworths to find me some vegetables including a couple of turnips. I got home and had to try some raw turnip. Sorry ‘fresh food people’, not quite the same thing.
So to the soup – Soup de legumes tout simplement. Peel and chop roughly 4 potatoes, 4 carrots, 1 sweet potato, 2 turnips, 1 leek, 1 onion and 2 celery stalks. Place in large saucepan and cover with twice vegetables volume in water. Bring to boil and simmer for 40 mins. Puree and add 80g butter and 1 tsp cumin. Season to taste and serve with creme fraiche and chives.
I liked this healthy soup on a cold night so was a little taken a back when I received the comment “This is a bit tasteless”. Must have been the turnips.
And by the way, it’s a pretty good book.