Spiced Pear & Parsnip Soup

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while but I’ve got some GOOD excuses!

As we all know I got my wisdom teeth taken out last week.  The surgery went well, I was so hopped up on the anesthesia I had no idea what was going on.  You know how they usually ask you to count down from 100? Well I’m pretty sure I was out so quickly they didn’t even have to do that for me.  It was a very strange feeling because I could have sworn I was conscious for the whole thing with my eyes open but I don’t remember anything and it seriously felt like it took 2 minutes for them to finish which I’m guessing was not the case.  I told Tom that I wanted him to take a video of me if I did anything funny but I think he was too frightened and felt too bad to capture anything on video.  The poor lady was trying to walk me through the instructions after the surgery and I kept bursting out into a mixture of tears and hysterical laughter.  I wasn’t sure whether I was sad or incredibly happy: weird feeling.  When we walked out to the car I saw a reflection of myself in the window which made me burst out into laughter again when I realized that my propped-open mouth looked like a cassette player.  It’s like it had the perfect rectangle to fit a sweet old mixed tape in it.  My cassette tape mouth and the birds crapping red all over Tom’s car in the pharmacy parking lot was enough to keep me thoroughly entertained for the rest of the drive home.

It’s been pretty painful but I guess probably not anything out of the ordinary, the eating part is what sucks the most.  I’ve had just about enough apple sauce and soup for the rest of my life.  What I wouldn’t give to eat a big crispy apple right now or a bowl of popcorn!  So the recovery has been slow but ok.  Want to know what was NOT ok?  When I got a stomach bug this weekend on top of all of this.  Apparently this thing has been going around and I was lucky enough to get it.  This thing literally made me feel like DEATH!  I wanted to write this post for yesterday but the thought of looking at food was enough to get me running to the bathroom.  Anyways, on the bright side I’ve lost about 5 pounds over the past few days, I guess that’s what happens when you’re eating only liquids and not keeping down half your food.

Ok, sorry I’m done complaining.  I’m ready to talk about this delicious soup.  I made this last week to add a little bit of nutrition to my diet since I’ve been living on apple sauce and tomato soup.  This was incredibly delicious, it would be a great first course to serve at a dinner party.  The pears added a subtle sweetness to the soup, it was cozy, comforting & YUMMY!  Exactly what the doctor ordered!

Ok, time to get going and make this delicious soup.  Yes, I’m talking to you…



Fresh Air.

Even though I was feeling pretty crappy yesterday, I knew I couldn’t sit inside all day while this beautiful day awaited me outside.  I took Oto for a nice walk and it was really refreshing.  It felt good to get out on a nice warm day and breathe in some fresh air after being cooped up in the house for a while.

Spiced Pear & Parsnip Soup

Dietary Vegan
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Serve Hot


  • 1lb parsnips (peeled & chopped)
  • 2 Large ripe pears ( chopped)
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 Medium onion (diced)
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • white pepper (to taste)


1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss parsnips and pears in olive oil and season with salt, pepper & rosemary
2. Roast parsnip mixture for 15 minutes.
3. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook onions for 5 minutes until tender. Add remaining ingredients including roasted parsnip mixture and bring to a boil. When it reaches a boil, reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes until parsnips are tender.
4. Blend mixture in a blender until smooth & creamy.

7 Responses to Spiced Pear & Parsnip Soup

  1. I’m so glad you’re feeling better! I can’t imagine getting a stomach bug right after having my wisdom teeth removed. Terrible! At the time, I also joked that getting my wisdom teeth out was the best diet ever. And it only cost a couple thousand. 😉

    Your soup sounds great! I’ve been loving parsnips and pears recently – great idea to combine them!

  2. Daniela Cardenas says:

    I was laughing out loud reading your entry. The cassette player mouth is hilarious and even funnier imaging you laughing at yourself with a swollen mouth and delerious. Too funny 🙂 the soup sounds great. I don’t eat parsnips enough and tese with pears sound delicious. Thanks for the laughs and yummy foods!

  3. Carole says:

    Lovely dish! Would you be happy to link it in to the new Food on Friday which is all about parsnip and pumpkin? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  4. Carole says:

    Mai-Lis, thanks for popping over and adding this to the collection – looks like a really substantial soup. Cheers

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