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I’ve been on a fennel & parsnip kick recently 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 stunning mushroom spaghetti with roasted fennel & parsnip and now I offer you soup.

I just lately learn Shantaram – a little bit mammoth of a novel, bringing in at least 900 pages. #geethanks You welcome 🤭 Most of you might have most likely already learn it (fingers up 👋) but when not, right here’s me telling you to offer it a go. #justreadit

Shantaram is a charming, stunning learn. I imply, it might damage you should you drop it in your toes, however it might additionally simply entertain your creativeness should you simply maintain it in entrance of your face. #besafe 🤪

I believe the writer needs it to be a kind of memoir, however reality be informed, I’m not likely shopping for it. It appears like an enthralling journey novel to me, with an excellent 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 likewise sprinkled with some tacky cliché romantic episodes. #lovememaybe

IMHO a semi-memoir at finest #butwhatdoiknow 🤷‍♀️ with a little bit 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 establishing a clinic within the slums of Bombay, getting intimate and having non secular/ethical conversations with the mafia bosses 🤨, dabbling with some unlawful actions, preventing in a conflict and… I’ll depart the remaining on your discovery. #nospoilers

The satan is within the particulars and this ebook is all about these rattling stunning particulars – language, values, gestures, colors, smells and sounds.

I might go and dig into Google to see how a lot of the ebook 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 ebook isn’t excellent (are any?!), there’s some wobbly bits, however general I cherished studying it, it introduced worth to my life, hope it would do the identical for you. 🙃

I’d like to know your ideas should you already learn it. And should you haven’t, I’m curious, do you need to? Discuss 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
  • half tsp miso
  • Three bay leaves
  • Three cups water


  1. To make the soup, I added all of the elements to my Magimix Cook dinner Skilled and cooked the soup on the Creamed Soup setting. I served it with savoury granola and contemporary 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 smooth.
  4. Add the coconut cream, mustard and miso and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer for one more 5 minutes then take away from warmth.
  6. Enable the soup to chill a bit after which puree it in a blender – relying on the scale of your blender, you may 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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