Coffee love and Parsnip Mash

by Joanne on March 19, 2010

A day off from working out:

Friday morning was a special morning for Shane and I because Ted got out of bed to walk with us.  Shane gets way too excited when the three of us go for a walk, he thinks it’s time for running in the park to chase a toy.  No toy on Friday, just a 3.15 mile walk.  We were late and had to cut it a bit short.  

The weather was just perfect.  I had to drive “Sporty” to work even if it was still too cold for top down driving.  The ride was fun and got me in the mood for summer travels.


Coffee connection:

I bought my self a new coffee mug for my weekday commute to work. It’s only a 10 minute ride but there is something to be said for routines and my routine includes making a cup of coffee to take to work. I have only one or two sips while in the car.  The exact same coffee maker and coffee flavors are available at work, but I like my routine and so I’ve stopped questioning any logic or lack thereof behind my ritual.  


It’s ceramic inside and out.  As Ted’s daughter, Pam (Total Health Counseling) suggested, the coffee tastes better than those metal lined travel mugs. The lid doesn’t seal real tight but I like it because I don’t spill as much down my chin.  It seems whenever a cup has a lid on it, half the liquid goes down the front of me.


Speaking of travel mugs, did you see the latest Apple Crumbles traveler?  It’s ceramic and so cute!  You can get it at the link. I just ordered one. So excited!

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Am I just a travel cup incompetent or does that drool thing happen to you too?

We also have a German Shepherd mug but that is officially Ted’s and the lid is different so my mouth has some problems there.


Do you have a favorite coffee mug?  If so, do you think your coffee tastes better when you use it?

Let’s Do The Parsnip Mash!


Don’t you just love the sweet flavor of parsnips?   I usually simply peel, trim, slice and roast but the other night I wanted a different texture and I needed to use up some red cabbage. This is the recipe I came up with that both Ted and I really enjoyed.

The sweet parsnip flavor is dominant with a hint of earthy pepper from the red cabbage and a teasing of onion. 


Vary the flavors as you want in this dish but don’t use any extra onion otherwise it will wash out that enthusiastic sweetness of the parsnip.

    1 lb parsnips

   1 cup sliced and chopped red cabbage 
    3 small green onions, chopped small
    pinch or two of allspice
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    10 grinds of fresh black pepper from the pepper grinder
    paprika (optional)
    1/2 TBS olive oil   


Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Start boiling about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water.


Prepare the parsnips by peeling, chopping off the ends and cutting into small pieces (this will make them soften quicker in the boiling water.

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Add the parsnips to the water, set the timer for 10 minutes and now quickly chop up your red cabbage.


Add the cabbage to the parsnips and let boil for the remaining time (probably about 8 minutes).

When the timer goes off, drain and roughly mash the parsnips.  Mash until they are at the desired consistency.


Stir in your chopped green onion * remember – less is better for this recipe, but don’t delete them completely.

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Stir in your allspice, salt, and pepper.  Turn into a baking dish (I used a Pyrex dish – no need to spray it with non-stick, it won’t stick)  and then top with the paprika (if using) and drizzle on the olive oil.


Put into the oven for about 15 minutes.


Enjoy the taste and texture of this sweet and earthy side dish.


Serve it next to your favorite protein and add another green vegetable just for kicks!


I will be posting the healthy benefits of this dish on EXAMINER soon. Make sure to check my site.


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  • At 2010.03.19 19:28, John said:

    Hi Joanne,
    Thanks for the comment today. Other than the foot problem it was a nice walk. When I can get walking again I’ll post what will probably be a better pic of the same area.
    .-= John´s last blog ..Running Slow is Hard =-.

    • At 2010.03.19 21:37, Joanne said:

      John: Loved the pic. Good luck with the foot.

      • At 2010.03.20 07:08, Simply Life said:

        oh what a creative and delicious dish!
        .-= Simply Life´s last blog ..Dreamy Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies! =-.

        • At 2010.03.20 20:08, kilax said:

          I love Porsche. So jealous! I wanted to get the Cheyenne but it was over my budget 😉
          .-= kilax´s last blog ..Vegan Apple Fritters =-.

          • At 2010.03.22 11:20, Nancy Jean said:

            Just time for a quickie comment – – I think your new ceramic coffee mug is so pretty! And, Shane is MUCH better looking than the GSD on Ted’s!!

            Take good care,

            • At 2010.03.22 11:55, Joanne said:

              Nancy: Thanks. I kind of think Shane is the best lookin’ GSD around…but hey! I’m his mom

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