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A prize turnip

January. A month for repenting the sins of Christmas over-indulgences. In my case too much cheese (Vacherin Mont D’Or and Stinking Bishop I am pointing my finger at you) and red wine. It was delicious whilst it lasted. Oh hum.

It is high time for some healthy foodstuff.

Back in July, recounting my teens in Switzerland, I promised you the legendary soupe aux raves my Grandmother used to make regularly. Warming, tasty and very easy to make. Turnips would probably not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to soup but I guarantee you happiness in a bowl! I made my first ever batch at the weekend and have been enjoying it for lunch this week.

Soupe aux Raves (serves 4)

15g butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

4 medium sized turnips, peeled and grated.

2 small Désirée potatoes, peeled, and then cut into julienne.

600ml vegetable stock

3 tbsp chopped parsley

Salt & Pepper

A splash of cream

Heat the oil and butter in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic and onion and cook until translucent.

Add the potato cut into julienne and cook for a minute of so. Add the grated turnip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil then simmer for 35 minutes.

Season. Add the parsley, stir and serve into warm bowls with a splash or ‘un nuage’ of cream as my Grandmother would say.

It is not draconically healthy but my food never is!