So basically Mr P and I were away for the weekend.
And yes, it was a little bit dirty.
Unfortunately it wasn’t THAT kind of dirty.
You really can’t get up to THAT kind of dirty in a bunk bed.
I mean, I considered it for a moment, but the mattress was so knackered I broke 3 springs just getting into bed.
I dread to think what may of happened if Mr P had gotten in beside me.
I may have required a tetanus booster anyways.
I considered it for another moment and realised that the noise of the bed woke any snoozers in the adjoining room if I so much as scratched my leg.
No, this was the kind of weekend away that was a little bit dirty because we were sleeping in bunk beds inhabited by a million teenaged boys before us.
Teenaged boys who left questionable stains on the wall.
Teenaged boys who drew willies behind the curtains.
Teenaged boys who scribbled notes about being ‘bucked here’.
I wanted to meet that last lot of teenaged boys.
Just for some practical tips, you know?
Apart from the dirt in our room we had a very nice weekend, filled with friends and fellowship and not enough sleep and too much unhealthy food and trying to avoid breaking yet more springs in the mattress.
So when we came home from the weekend, all I really, really wanted was to have a nap and sleep in a bed that didn’t have a willy drawn over my head and eat some vegetables and be clean.
Well, mostly clean.
Take an onion.
Realise the onion is dirty.
Wander if anything you ever touch again will be clean.
Peel and chop the onion into thick slices.
Melt some butter in a pan…
And add the pieces of onion.
Allow to cook for a while, before adding some curry powder or paste…
I was fancy and used curry paste, because I had some that had been residing in the little big fridge since before the boys that created the stains on those walls at the weekend were even BORN.
And stir well.
Peel some parsnips, and chop into chunks.
Add the parsnip to the pan.
Cut an apple into quarters…
Before cutting out the core and chopping into chunks.
You can peel it if you want, if that makes you feel clean inside, but there really is no need.
Add the apple to the pan…
And pour over some vegetable stock.
Allow the vegetables to simmer until the parsnips are soft and break up easily.
Add some milk…
Serve, giving thanks for your clean house with no stains and for a bed your husband can give you a hug in without waking up the neighbours.
Spiced parsnip and apple soup
Serves 4. Cooking time 30 minutes
1 eating apple
2 teaspoons medium curry powder or paste
500ml vegetable stock
250ml whole milk
1. Peel and chop the onion.
2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
3. Add the onion to the melted butter and cook for 5 minutes, until soft
4. Add the curry powder or paste to the onion, stirring well.
5. Peel and chop the parsnip and add to the pan.
6. Core and chop the apple and add to the pan.
7. Add the vegetable stock to the pan.
8. Simmer the vegetables over a medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the parsnip is soft.
9. Remove the pan from the heat and add the milk.
10 Blend the soup to your desired consistency, adding more water if it is too thick.