we being bored and without refridgeration decided to have dickens style dinner today, not on the 24th or 25th...cuz i can keep things in a tiny mini fridge.
so we are marinating chicken to create "18th century drunken english cider chicken"
roasting brussel sprouts and chestnuts, potatoes, and parsnips.
now parsnips have been an enigmatic food. my mother recounts stories of them being boiled, mashed and served but told she was eating mashed potatoes. this is not a nice way to introduce foods to a child.
she is actually thinking i am punishing my children by cooking roasted/glazed parsnips. HOWEVER we are farmers market fanatics. each week in summer, our kids pick a crazy new fruit or veggie to TRY. no one forcing them to like it or eat every bit on their plates. (several generations of eating disorders in our family- i do NOT force any foods on any of the kids, nor the "clean your plate" tactics.)
so i have no idea if the parsnips will be edible or what to expect them to taste like, but it will be memorable.
we also are going to try plum pudding and a christmas pudding with brandied sauce.
this also is a strange and unfamiliar food. but we are going to have fun! :0)
so keep your fingers crossed.