Christmas is over, the tree is down and the decorations are all boxed up again. Tomorrow I return to the day job and this evening I shall collapse on the sofa. My Mum has returned home after our Christmas and New Year together, we had one of our daughters and her husband visit in the last few days (Lisa and Iain) to regale us with stories of Christmas spent in New York but now all is quiet for a day.
Tomorrow sees the arrival of another daughter with her husband (Alison and Burtie) along with his Dad to stay for the week. This afternoon I have walked the dogs, cleaned out the chickens and fed the cats. T-W-O has been working away at the huge pile of ironing while the football is on the telly.
The world outside is smattered with white after a few snow flurries today, this all looks set to freeze in place as the temperature drops and the evening closes in around us. We had a lovely roast beef dinner for our lunch with a new veg dish I learnt at the last farmers market and I’ve used at every opportunity since to show it off.
Very sadly I am unable to get any pictures downloaded from camera to computer as they appear to have fallen out with each other. We are trying to rectify this but like all software it has a will of it’s own, worryingly we think it’s a camera problem and have emailed Cannon to see if there is any easy fix. I will be lost without it should it need a repair.
Take a couple of parsnips per person (or more if you love them like I do)
A few spoons of cream
A couple of ounces of grated cheese
salt and pepper
Top, tail and peel the parsnips. Chop them into chunks of about an inch deep and them boil them in a little salted water. You can steam them if you prefer. Once they are cooked through drain the parsnips and mash up to look like mashed potato.
Put them in an oven proof dish, mix in the cream with half of the cheese. Grind on a bit of pepper and then sprinkle on the rest of the cheese. Pop in the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes. The cheese top should be melted. If you are in a hurry you can grill the dish until the cheese melts and bubbles a bit.
I am going to try making this with creme fraiche instead of cream next time be a bit more healthy. I am also looking for none cheese topped veg dishes to drop a few calories as I seem to be obsessed with cheese coated dishes just now.