Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Rant From a Chef Trying to Make "Winter Stew"

What is the problem with parsnips? Why can I never find them at the market? It seems parsnips have gone out of fashion. It is a pity.

Parsnips, by the way, should not be confused with turnip, which is similarly out of favor, but for much better reason, as no one really ever liked turnip to begin with.


Blogger Katinka said...

It's the overpowering smell of them cooking that I can't get past...hence, they're in the same category as brussel sprouts for me!

12/27/06, 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Johanna said...

Nor should parsnips be confused with parsley root, a mistake made by over half the people I sold parsley root to during my days as an organic vegetable hawker. The conversation went like this:
customer: and gimme some of those parsnips, even though they're kinda small
JW: we sold out of parsnips, that's parsley root
customer: same thing, gimme
JW: you do realize that parsely root has a strong flavour and is most suitable for making vegetable stock
customer: I'm not stupid (tone of voice implying that JW, however, is)
one week later
customer: those were the worst parsnips anyone ever sold me. what is this organic shit anyway? it tastes like crap.
I should have sold them wild carrot, for all the joy they had out of it.

12/31/06, 9:15 PM  

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