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I’ve been on a fennel & parsnip kick currently as a result of they’re in season and I’ve been discovering them within the natural part on the farmers marketplace for a extremely good value! A few weeks in the past I made this lovely mushroom spaghetti with roasted fennel & parsnip and now I provide you with soup.

I just lately learn Shantaram – slightly mammoth of a novel, bringing in a minimum of 900 pages. #geethanks You welcome 🤭 Most of you have got most likely already learn it (arms up 👋) but when not, right here’s me telling you to provide it a go. #justreadit

Shantaram is a charming, lovely learn. I imply, it may damage you for those who drop it in your toes, but it surely may additionally simply entertain your creativeness for those who simply maintain it in entrance of your face. #besafe 🤪

I feel the writer needs it to be a kind of memoir, however reality be informed, I’m probably not shopping for it. It appears like an enthralling journey novel to me, with a superb description of life and the individuals of Bombay (the slums, the mafia and the in betweens), bits and items of thriller suspense and wild turns, and in addition sprinkled with some tacky cliché romantic episodes. #lovememaybe

IMHO a semi-memoir at finest #butwhatdoiknow 🤷‍♀️ with slightly little bit of all the things for everybody – themes like friendship, love, exile, poverty, crime, revenge. 😈

In a nutshell, Shantaram is in regards to the lifetime of an escaped Australian convict who finally ends up organising a clinic within the slums of Bombay, getting intimate and having religious/ethical conversations with the mafia bosses 🤨, dabbling with some unlawful actions, combating in a warfare and… I’ll depart the remainder on your discovery. #nospoilers

The satan is within the particulars and this e-book is all about these rattling lovely particulars – language, values, gestures, colors, smells and sounds.

I may go and dig into Google to see how a lot of the e-book relies on truth and the way a lot is fiction, however I don’t need to. #ignoranceisbliss With some books, the extra you already know in regards to the again story, the extra it steals from the expertise.

The e-book will not be good (are any?!), there’s some wobbly bits, however general I beloved studying it, it introduced worth to my life, hope it’s going to do the identical for you. 🙃

I’d like to know your ideas for those who already learn it. And for those who haven’t, I’m curious, do you need to? Speak to me in feedback 👇

Now again onto SOUP.

Parsnip and fennel soup

Serves 2 -3


  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 5 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 parsnips, diced
  • 1 fennel, chopped
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper to style
  • 270ml coconut cream
  • eight sprigs of thyme, leaves solely
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp miso
  • Three bay leaves
  • Three cups water


  1. To make the soup, I added all of the components to my Magimix Cook dinner Skilled and cooked the soup on the Creamed Soup setting. I served it with savoury granola and recent thyme and parsley.

To make the soup in a pot:

  1. Warmth the oil on medium warmth and add the celery, parsnip and thyme leaves. Cook dinner on medium warmth for about 5 minutes, till they soften.
  2. Add the fennel, potatoes, bay leaves and water and produce to a boil.
  3. Simmer coated on low warmth for about 20 minutes or till the potatoes are gentle.
  4. Add the coconut cream, mustard and miso and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes then take away from warmth.
  6. Permit the soup to chill a bit after which puree it in a blender – relying on the dimensions of your blender, you would possibly want to do that in 2 or Three steps.
  7. Return the soup to a pot and reheat it previous to serving.

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