Sooke Harbour House Parsnip Lemon Thyme Soup

by Suzanne Heron.

Sauté 2 coarsely chopped medium onions and 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly, for 5 min in ½ c butter. Add 3-4 medium parsnips, diced (2 c), 20 coriander seeds and 20 fennel seeds and cook 5 min, stirring every 45 seconds. Add 1 Tsbp minced ginger, 2 bay leaves, 4 c chicken stock & 1 c whipping cream. Bring to boil, reduce to medium & simmer 25 min until parsnips are soft. Purée until smooth. Add 1 Tbsp fresh lemon thyme leaves, picked from the stems, 1 tsp salt & ½ tsp pepper.  Bring back to boil & serve.

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