I was recently sent some vouchers to buy some New Covent Garden Food Co soups. Of course I needed no introduction to the range of soups, I'm sure everybody has seen in them in the supermarket, and I know I have bought several different flavours in the past, my personal favourite being the Broccoli and Stilton - do you have a favourite flavour?
I'm a big soup lover, in fact I have just devoured a huge bowl - but more on that in a moment. I find a big bowl of soup and some fresh white bread, preferably crusty with butter you can sink your teeth into, very comforting but I will admit right here that I absolutely never make it myself. I have done in the past of course, and I got a blender with the sole intention of making soups but I've found that whatever I do I just can't make them as nice as the ones I can buy. I almost feel guilty admitting that, seeing as I do so much cooking from scratch, but there it is. I'm a lazy soup person and really I have no need to feel guilty as there are no nasties in these soups - just natural ingredients.
The new seasonal range from the Covent Garden Food Co was brought to my attention as well as the "Soup of the Month" which in May was Patatas Bravas. I was immediately taken by the idea of this soup as I love patatas bravas so much and I wasn't disappointed by this soup at all! It was delicious and tasty and one word of warning, very spicy! If you don't like spicy food then it's probably not the soup for you but if you like a bit of heat, it's very enjoyable. The "Soup of the Month" for June is Bloody Mary - spicy tomato with vodka! I'll admit I wasn't aware that a different soup was launched each month but I shall be looking out for it from now on!
In the new summer range some old favourites have returned like Pea & Mint (yum!), Summer Vegetable and Gazpacho (I'm sorry, I'm not eating cold soup!) along with a brand new soup for summer 2011, Classic Vichyssoise - and this is what I have just finished eating. Leeks, potatoes, cream and onions with a sprinkling of chives. This soup was really fresh and light and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I know I just said above that I don't make soups at home but browsing the website just now I notice that they do their own cookbooks (We all know how I love a cookbook...). Perhaps I should give soup making another go? I'd love to hear about any soups that my blog readers like to make or whether in fact you are like me, and like your soup to come in a carton!
All the summer soups are available in most supermarkets and many other independent shops and are usually priced around £1.99. They are available now up until September.
Mrs M x
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