Spice Up Your Life

In 1997 The Spice Girls had a hit with the song “Spice Up Your Life”, and whilst I’m not suggesting you don a PVC Union Flag dress to create this soup, I think it’s a motto everyone should live by.

There’s no denying it’s cold, dark, and gloomy at the moment, so here is a little winter warmer I trialled last week:

Curried Parsnip Soup.


  • Four/five parsnips
  • 1 red onion (or 3 tablespoons of onion granules)
  • 1 litre vegetable stock  (can use store bought in liquid or cube form, but I used some I had made earlier)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder/paste of your choice
  • a chopped up red chilli
  • 4 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 1 clove garlic
  • seasoning to taste



  1. Fry the onion, garlic and chilli together until the onion has softened and is golden (2-5 minutes)
  2. Peel and chop the parsnips into small chunks
  3. Make up the stock
  4. Add all of the other ingredients into the pan (but not the creme fraiche)
  5. Cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the parsnip cubes are soft
  6. Blend like your life depends on it
  7. Strain if you want super-smooth soup, leave if not
  8. Swirl in the creme fraiche, or any other cream-like product, into a pretty design of your choice.

I like this soup with crusty sourdough bread, but that’s totally up to you! It’s easy to tone up or down the spice by adding or removing the chilli.


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