Spiced Apple and Parsnip Soup

Apple can also be used in savoury recipes.  This is a delicious warming winter soup.


One onion
olive or vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
one or two Bramley apples
2 teaspoons garam masala


Sauté an onion in a large pan with a dash of oil until translucent.  Add a couple of  good sized parsnips, cut into small chunks.  Core and peel if they are tough.  Add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.  Peel and core one or two Bramley apples and add to the pan with enough water to cover.  Bring to the boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add 2 teaspoons garam masala and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Whizz it up in a food processor or use a potato masher, adding more water to reach a thick smooth consistency.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.