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  • 2 parsnips, medium
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 25g butter
  • 100g kale, well washed and tough stalks removed
  • 100ml double cream
  • a good grating nutmeg


  • STEP 1

    Peel the parsnips and discard the skin. Continue peeling the parsnips into ribbons. Melt half the butter with the sunflower oil in a large frying pan and get it really hot, as you want the parsnips to start browning almost immediately once they hit the pan. Don’t cram them all in a small pan either or it won’t happen. Add the parsnip ribbons and fry for 4-5 minutes over a high heat until tender and browned, stirring constantly. Tip onto a plate covered with a little kitchen paper to mop up any excess butter and set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Melt the remaining butter in the same pan. Roughly shred the kale, omitting any particularly gnarly-looking stalks and add to the pan. Cook over a high heat for 2 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Add 1-2 tbsp water and continue cooking for a further 5-7 minutes or until tender stirring continuously and adding extra water when needed. When cooked there should be no excess water.

  • STEP 4

    Return the parsnip ribbons to the pan, add the cream, nutmeg and plenty of seasoning, particularly pepper. Toss together until hot and serve.

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