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.

2 Comments:

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.
--
sigh.
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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