Thursday, February 16, 2012

Parsnip & Pear Purée with coconut granola & smoked salt

This is a requested post by Samantha, a super cool yoga instructor from Toronto that The Fooding Company had the pleasure of cooking for last weekend. This soup is vegan friendly and absolutely delicious, not to mention it's pretty damn easy to make if you've got an immersion blender and 30 minutes or so. You'll need to go out and find the specialty black volcanic sea salt, or you could skip this ingredient if you can't be bothered. Be warned though the salt definitely adds a certain je ne sais quoi that can't be replaced by anything else.
*Check out Samantha's fb page for Yogabodii her in home yoga practice. 

2 bosch pears - rough chop
2 anjou pears - rough chop
1 shallot - rough chopped
2 medium parsnips - rough chop
about 1 tsp or so dried thyme 
1/2 cup light coconut milk 
1/2 - 1 cup water (depending on how thick you like your soup)
large flaked sweetened coconut - toasted (for garnish)
salt & pepper - to taste
drizzle  olive oil or infused oil 
pinch black volcanic smoked salt - (for garnish) 

FOR SOUP: Rough chop all veg. Heat a drizzle of infused oil in a pot, add shallots and cook until translucent. Add parsnips, s&p and continue cooking for 5 mins (parsnips will take longer to soften then the supple pears). Add pears & thyme continue to cook everything until golden (you want everything to have a nice caramelized look). Turn your heat down and add coconut milk & water. Let that cook for another minute or so then turn heat off completely before blending. Add more or less water to obtain desired consistency. 
FOR COCONUT GRANOLA: Add a handful or two of coconut to a non stick pan and toast on medium high, constantly agitating the pan. Watch carefully the coconut can burn very quickly because of it's sugar. Remove from pan immediately after desired colour has been achieved or coconut will continue to cook - and burn if left in the pan. 
SERVE: With a sprinkle of coconut, black salt and drizzle of olive oil.


  1. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

  2. Great recipe. I imagine the special volcanic salt is very important to a soup like this. The colors and beautiful garnishes are really a pleasure to admire.

  3. This looks delicious! I just made a pear salad with goat cheese and was thinking I don't eat enough pears! I'm going to make this when my in-laws are in town in a few weeks!

  4. This looks really amazing. Love the garnish.

  5. hey Jaime, can't wait to get back to Toronto and try this soup out..sounds yummy and I think I have some of that salt in my pantry. Hope you're feeling better. Regards from Cabo xoxo Mom

  6. Debra AlexanderFebruary 18, 2012

    hey Jaime, can't wait to get back to Toronto and try this soup out..sounds yummy and I think I have some of that salt in my pantry. Hope you're feeling better. Regards from Cabo xoxo Mom

  7. This is such an interesting creation! The coconut granola sounds like such an unusual pairing, but I'd love to try a plate!

  8. Mmm! This sounds incredible! Parsnips and pears sound like such an awesome combination - and I just so happen to have some black volcanic sea salt... you don't hear that every day. :P
    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'll have to give it a try!

  9. What a unique and lovely soup! I would never think to pair pears, coconut and parsnips, but I bet it is a delicious combo. And you know what? I actually have have black salt at home! Great recipe, thank you for sharing it!

  10. Pear puree has come into my radar for so many things. This is such a delectable winter soup - using what is available and transforming it into taste and loveliness.

  11. thanks Jamie! We loved cooking this soup, eating it and hanging with you two foodies! Namaste

  12. Wow, this looks so delicious! I think the blend of parnips with pears is awesome, I never thought of pairing those two together. And the coconut granola is great :)

  13. This looks super tasty. I love the coconut garnish with the savory soup.

  14. MIAM! Pear soup, how wonderful!

  15. This looks delicious and I love the sound of coconut granola!


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