Have you ever wondered what Butterbeer tastes like? OK, so you have to be a diehard Harry Potter fan to be asking this question in the first place. During the school half term holidays, we took the children to The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Whilst there we sampled the popular drink consumed by witches and wizards at drinking establishments such as the Leaky Cauldron, the Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head. Well, all I’m going to say is that it tastes remarkably like cream soda! It’s an experience not to be missed for Potter fans and I’d highly recommend it.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe for Butterbeer but I do have a wholesome recipe for Creamy Parsnip Soup. I tend to associate parsnips with Christmas as that’s really the only time I buy them but I had three largish parsnips in my organic veg box recently that needed to be used. Inspired by the success of my Celeriac Soup, I made this deliciously creamy soup. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Creamy Parsnip Soup
450g parsnips (peeled and chopped)
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
1 stick of celery (finely chopped)
½ tablespoon olive oil
600ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper
half fat creme fraiche (optional)
1. In a lidded casserole pan heat the olive oil.
2. Sauté the onion and celery for until soft. Then, add the parsnips and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the hot chicken or vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes until the parsnips are tender.
4. Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth, return the soup to the pan and stir through the milk on the heat.
5. Then serve with spoonful of creme fraiche and extra black pepper. Enjoy!
Until next time.