Thursday: Parsnip and ginger soup with spiced roast chickpeas
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
1¼ tsp ground cumin
500g parsnips, peeled and diced into 1-2cm pieces
1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 1ltr
400g tin chickpeas, drained and patted dry with kitchen paper
½ tsp ground coriander
lemon juice, to taste
10g fresh coriander, finely chopped
1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C, and line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 5 mins to soften. Stir through the garlic, ginger and 1 tsp cumin and cook for 1 min. Add the parsnips, season and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 mins until the parsnips are very tender.
2. Meanwhile, toss the chickpeas with 1 tbsp oil, the ground coriander and remaining cumin. Arrange in a single layer on the lined tray and roast for 20-25 mins until golden and crisp.
3. Use a food processor or hand blender to blend the soup until smooth. Reheat if necessary, then season to taste with black pepper and lemon juice and divide between 4 bowls. Toss the roasted chickpeas with the fresh coriander and scatter over the soup to serve.