Don't get me wrong, I love parsnips - roasted, in soup, in rosti, mashed with potato as a topping for cottage pie, and so on. But, if you can make carrot cake, my reasoning went, why not parsnip cake? And so, by the power of Google, I found a recipe.
I made the cake. It smelt good (it contains cinnamon and who can resist the smell of cinnamon?). I took it out of the oven. It looked good. (Apologies for the photos - it's rather dingy today).
We waited for it to cool, and for it to be time for afternoon coffee. A slice of cake with coffee on a Sunday afternoon - lovely.
One mouthful - SomeBeans appeared polite and said nothing. For a moment.
Ummm. Have you ever accidently eaten soap? Except not normal soap, but soap that has something very bitter added to it, to discourage foolish people from eating it? No, probably not - neither had we.
Have you heard of the song by Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park? Hope the pigeons like it more than we do...
Roast parsnips for dinner tonight.
We have a glut of leeks at the moment, too. Anyone for leek pavlova?