Super, superb, supreme

Nigel Slater’s rich root & cheese soup, from Tender


I can’t heap enough superlatives upon this soup. It’s complex yet completely comforting, with the most incredible rounded taste that makes sense of the term ‘mouth-filling’, and a silken texture punctuated by the gentle pop of mustard seeds.


A party in your mouth? You betcha. Caramelising the parsnips with the onions enhances their sweetness, while the turmeric intensifies their earthiness. Cream and cheese dial up the comfort factor. So far, so mellow.


So you’d think. But there’s a hefty hit of chili to stop any slide into banality, and then a final addition of mustard to smack it around a bit more – sweet, hot, and a hint of sour.