Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. At the spring (or vernal) equinox, days and nights are approximately twelve hours long, with day length increasing and night length decreasing as the season progresses.
Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic. Cultures may have local names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe.
Are you looking for a quick, no-fuss cream of parsnip soup recipe? Look no further. This simple recipe will take between 45 minutes and 1-hour to complete. You probably have most of the ingredients at home in your fridge or pantry. And, it’s a great homemade flavor everyone in the will love, even the pickiest of eaters.
Whether you’re looking for a tasty recipe after a long day at work or something to help get you over that cold that’s been lingering for a few days, we’ve got the perfect homemade cream of parsnip soup recipe for you to try out.
Ingredients for Cream of Parsnip Soup
Okay, as we mentioned above, you probably have most, if not all, of these ingredients lying around in the kitchen and your herb garden. You’ll need
2-tsp unsalted butter
3/4-cup heavy cream
3/4-tsp salt (+/- as needed)
Pinch of pepper
1-cup diced shallots
1/4-cup diced onions
3/4-cup white wine
5 cups (1.18 l) of chicken stock
3.5 cups (0.83 l) of peeled parsnips
3/4-tsp white vinegar
You’ll combine these ingredients to prepare your cream of parsnip soup.
Directions: Preparing your Cream of Parsnip Soup
To prepare your cream of parsnip soup recipe, you’ll melt your butter over a low to medium heat. To the pan, you’ll add the shallots, onions, and vinegar stir until it’s translucent in the pan, or up to about 5 minutes. Add your wine and bring this to a simmer. You’ll then add the
Salt and pepper and bring this to a boil.
It will take about 45 minutes for the parsnips to soften. Remove the ingredients and place them in an immersion blender to purée. You’ll then take the purée, and place it back in your pan on a low to the medium setting, slowly adding and whisking in the heavy cream. You’ll set the ingredients over low heat and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
The total preparation time is about one-hour, after adding and whisking in your heavy cream.
Though you can cook asparagus in different ways but roasting them is considered as the most admired way to cook them. If you do not know how to oven-roasted asparagus, then you should read this write-up till the end as it will also introduce you to the mistakes commonly committed by people while cooking this vegetable.
Some Basic Things
Before proceeding towards the recipe for roasting asparagus you should know about some basic things like the ends of asparagus spears are normally impossible to cook as they are too hard to cook. So you should trim them before starting to cook them. Before oven roasting asparagus, you should season them generously with pepper and salt. Asparagus should be cooked in an oven in a single layer as they will not char if they have crowded your pan.
Recipe of Oven
Ingredients required to oven-roasted asparagus may include:
Trimmed stalks of asparagus (2 pounds)
Extra virgin olive oil (3 tbsp)
Directions for Oven
Before starting to roast
asparagus in the oven, you should preheat the oven up to 400 degrees. Now put a
large baking sheet on a large baking sheet in the oven and place generously
seasoned asparagus with olive oil on that sheet. Roast the asparagus sticks up
to 25 minutes or until they tender.
Some of the Common
Mistakes to Be Avoided
While roasting asparagus,
people usually make some common mistakes, which can be avoided while roasting
them a bit carefully. Some of these mistakes may include:
Use Of Too Big Or Too Small Asparagus Stalks
While roasting asparagus
stalks, you should take them of the right size as too thin stalks can be
overcooked easily, whereas thick stalks will be more fibrous and woodier. So,
they should be medium in size when you are oven roasting them.
According to cooking
experts, peeling asparagus before cooking is not necessary. Moreover, it will
take much time to peel them. Instead of peeling the asparagus stalks, you
should cut off their bottom part as the rest of them is edible.
Cut off Too Much
Some people bend the
asparagus stalks to remove their woody portion, which is not the right method
to remove their inedible part. According to experts, it is a time-consuming
method. You should check them by pressing them with your fingers. The stalk will
break up automatically, or you can slice it from that point to remove its woody
Most cooking experts
blanch asparagus, regardless of the method they use for cooking them. It makes
easier to start their cooking process. When you are roasting asparagus without
blanching it them its outer surface will be charred, whereas from inside, it
will remain raw. You should blanch asparagus in boiling highly salted water for
1-3 minutes, according to the size of its pieces. But you should not blanch it
for a longer time as it will boil them, which may not be suitable for roasting
By avoiding these
mistakes, you can easily oven roast perfect asparagus.
Do you want to know how to freeze green beans? Are you looking for
the best storage option to use green beans throughout the year? Green beans are
healthy and can help you to boost your digestion. However, fresh green beans
are not available in all seasons. But you can store them in your freezer and
use whenever you want.
Storage is easy, and you can store frozen green beans for almost a
year. You might be thinking about how. Here are a few tips that can help you to
store green beans in your freezer. You will have to take care of every detail,
such as to pick the beans at the right time as well as following the right
How to Choose the
Best Green Bean for Freezing?
For the storage, you will have to be a little choosy while picking
green beans. Picking is important since if you choose wrong beans or at the
wrong time, then you might not store them for long. Also, beans might lose the
freshness and flavor if not chosen properly. The peak season to store green
beans is from May to October. You can choose any day between these months to
ensure the best outcome. In the peak seasons, yummy and fresh green beans will
be available in your local store. Visit your local store and choose
blemish-free, crisp, and bright-colored beans. Take extra caution to avoid the
green beans with shivered ends or limp.
Make sure that these beans do not have small beans inside. Though
the small beans do not affect the quality and taste of the green beans, still,
these are not considered good for the storage. The size signifies that the bean
is past its prime.
You will have to choose the freshest possible bean and freeze soon
after picking them from the store or your garden. It is suggested to freeze on
the same day. If you want to wait for some obvious reason like a busy schedule,
then keep them in the freeze in the meantime.
Prep Your Freezing
Your freezing container does not need much preparation. You can
use jars, bags, and a freezer container to store green beans. All you need is
to clean those containers and then make it completely dry. Any moisture is not
suggested since it can damage the beans. After keeping green beans in the
container or bag, you can simply shake them to compact beans.
How to Prep the
Green Bean for Freezing
Now you have the fresh green beans and freeze containers. The next
is how to prepare the beans for storage. You can consider any with or without
blanching. We will discuss both the methods. To start with, use cool tap water
to wash green beans. After washing, take a small handful of green beans and
line up their stem ends and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the stems. Repeat
the process with the remaining beans. If required, you can trim off its tapered
tail ends. As a lot of recipes need cut green beans, you can cut your beans into
one-inch pieces for easy storage. If you want, you can store whole green beans
depending on your preference. Both ways will offer the same benefit.
Wash your beans with water again to get rid of any dirt and then
dry beans completely. Proper drying up is important to ensure better storage.
You can use a paper or cloth towel to dry green beans completely. The drying up
process will not take more than half an hour.
Now pack the beans into the jars, bags, or container. Seal the
container following the manufacturer instructions and press hard to get rid of
all the possible air. You can also use a freezer tape around the container lid
edges to get a tight seal.
The above method will enable you to freeze green beans with
blanching. Some suggested blanching for more effective storage. Blanching will
demand one more step. You will have to boil beans in water for a few minutes
and then dunk them in ice water. It will help green beans to maintain the
flavor and color during freezing.
For boiling, get water in a large pot and boil them. Place beans
into the boiling water for two to four minutes depending on the size of beans.
While using large beans, you can boil for four minutes and small beans, the
time should not exceed two minutes. Soon after, you will have to cool the beans
quickly in rice water. Once the beans are cooled down, drain them and follow
the same process for the storage. Pack the drained green beans into containers,
bags, or jars. Shake the container to compact green beans and add more beans
while leaving 1-2 inch headspace.
Package and Label
Your Green Bean
After packing the beans in the container by following the above
instructions, the next step is to label those containers. You will have to
label each container with the content name, packaging date, and amount. It is
important to mention all the details in the labeling. Otherwise, you might
forget the packaging date and might not use them at the right time.
How to Freeze Your
If you are using bags, then rearrange your bags in such a way that
you can lay them as flat as possible. This will ensure quick freezing and will
preserve the original flavor and taste of your beans as well. Lay the
containers or bag flat to the freezer in the batches. Besides, leave some space
near the container so that air can easily circulate. Now, your beans are safe
in the freezer. You can use them whenever you want for cooking.
How Long Can Frozen
Green Beans Be Stored?
As stated earlier, frozen green beans can be stored for a long
time up to a year if you follow the right freezing method or choose the right
green beans. You can store frozen beans around nine months while using a
conventional freezer. If you want to store even longer, then you can use a deep
These are lovely little pies meat pies. This style of pie is thought to have originated in Scottland but can be found in one form or another throughout the united kingdom. In fact, I have been thinking about this style of pie since a visit to Montreal, Canada, last year where I saw them in local restaurants and bakery shops.
Scotch Pie For Two Ingredients
lb. mutton, minced 225
gr mutton, minced
tbsp gravy 60
tsp smoked paprika powder 1
tsp paprika powder
tsp nutmeg ½
of salt Pinch
of ground black pepper Pinch
of ground black pepper
1 ½ cups of plain flour 180 gr of plain flour
½ cup of lard 118 ml of lard
½ cup of water 118 ml of water
of salt Pinch
egg, beaten (for glaze)
Scotch Pie For Two Directions
2 pieces of 4’ ramekin dish. Grease with oil.
the oven to 400F
all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until well-combined. Chill in the
Add flour and salt in a different medium mixing bowl, stir to combine, set aside. Heat water and lard in a medium saucepan until boiling, remove from heat then pour into the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon, let it cool down a little. Once cool enough, put onto the floured surface and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes (like pizza dough)
Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls. Roll out 2 balls of dough to a size that could cover bottom and sides of the ramekin. Put the dough in the ramekin, push gently with your finger to make sure all sides of ramekin are covered, making the ramekin as the mold for the pie. Do the same to the other ramekin.
Take the meat out of the fridge and divide by 2 equal sizes. Place 1 ball of meat to a ramekin, spread the meat evenly with a spoon, so it has a flat surface.
Roll out the remaining balls of dough to a size that could cover the top of the pie, making it like the lids on top of the filling. Press gently to make sure the edges are stick together. Make a little X or hole in the middle of the lid. Do the same with the other ramekin
Brush beaten egg to the top of the pies. Put both ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the pies by scraping the sides with a small knife first, it should come out very easily. Serve while it’s warm.
This pot pie is a nice, high protein, comfort food recipe perfect for cooking in cooler weather. This recipe has beans and two kinds of meat to make the pot pie filling and nutritious.
Pork Pot Pie For Two Ingredients
¼ lb. pork ribs, cut
into small cubes 113 gr pork
¼ lb. salami, cut into
small cubes 113 gr salami
1/2 cup dried kidney
beans 100 gr
dried kidney beans
1 stalk of celery,
stalk of celery
2 cloves of garlic, finely
minced 2 cloves of
1 carrot, roughly chopped 1 carrot
1 tbsp ketchup 1
¼ cup red wine 60 ml of red wine
½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp
1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp paprika
2 cups of water 473 ml of water
1 tsp beef powder 1 tsp
1 sprig of fresh
sprig of fresh rosemary
1 russet potato, cut
into small cubes 1 russet
1 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp
1 sheet puff pastry,
thawed 1 sheet puff
1 egg yolk, beaten 1 egg
Pinch of salt Pinch
Pinch of pepper Pinch
Pork Pot Pie For Two Directions
Add kidney beans in a large bowl, wash and soak in 2 cups of water overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain and set aside.
Season pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown them in oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Remove from heat and set aside
Add the salami to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes then add celery, garlic, and carrot. Continue sautéing until the vegetables have softened.
Add ketchup, red wine, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to boil. Add cumin, paprika powder, beef powder, and water. Return to boil then add browned ribs, salami, potato, rosemary, and dried parsley.
Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours or until the short ribs are tender. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 375F
Transfer the stew to 2 individual casseroles or ramekins, evenly divided to 2 portions. Drape a sheet of puff pastry over the sides of the casserole. Trim away any excess dough.
Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
table is and better for being grace graced with some fresh bread. These dinner
rolls are tasty and allow your family and guests to help themselves.
Additionally, they make an excellent side dish for holiday meals.
Corn Bread Dinner Roll Ingredients
cups of milk
cup yellow cornmeal
tablespoon of instant yeast, dissolve in warm water
cup of canola oil
tablespoons of honey
teaspoon of salt (optional)
cups all-purpose flour
Corn Bread Dinner Roll Directions
In a saucepan over medium-high heat simmer the milk for 2 minutes.
Add the cornmeal and continue cooking and mixing until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Once cooled add the mixture into a bowl, add the yeast, the canola oil, and the honey.
Mix well to combine everything.
Add the salt and 2 eggs. Mix again.
Little by little add the flour until a soft dough forms.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover.
Reserve for about 3 hours so that the dough will double in size.
Make 12 little balls and place each roll on a baking sheet cover with parchment paper.
Place the rolls in a warm place ( a closed oven with the light on for example )let them rise again for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F.
In a small bowl add 1 egg and mix with a fork.
Brush the top of the rolls with egg and sprinkle cornmeal.