Just got back from a glorious walk to school across snowy fields. We don’t often get snow in West Wiltshire and so the children are making the most of it and so am I. Whoo hoo!!!

They played outside after school yesterday until almost dark, collecting barrowloads of the soft stuff to build an enormous snowman. (Last year we managed a snow slug from the spattering that came down.) I plied them with hot chocolate and toast. We made sure the birds were well fed too. Peter  found a place to leave the seedcake he’d made for them at Beavers.

Today is perfect soup making weather. Parsnips have featured significantly in our last few veg boxes and as I am the only one who likes them I have been experimenting with a range of recipes. Here is my favourite, adapted from an old Cranks recipe book for Parsnip and Apple Soup.

Chop an onion, 2 parsnips and  a cooking apple and saute gently in 25g of butter until the onion is transparent. Add 1 pint of veg stock along with 1/2 tsp of mixed herbs and a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer covered fpr 3o mins. Add 1 pint of milk. Allow to cool slightly before blending. Reheat to serving temperature and adjust seasoning to taste. Delicious.