New Covent Garden Soup has launched a new range of soups that use British Inspired recipes to help to celebrate all the great events taking place in Britain over the summer. We have had the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics is about to start. I was sent some vouchers to try these new soups and let you know what I thought. I had a bit of trouble tracking them down but eventually cornered the New Convent Garden soup in Sainsburys and brought them home to try.
The New Covent Garden soups British Inspired range includes Beetroot & Horseradish, Vintage Cheddar & Piccalilli, Garden Pea, Rocket & Lovage and Parsnip, Apple & Elderflower. They can be eaten hot or cold, so they are perfect for the variable British summer weather. You can have them hot on a cold day or cold on a hot day or vice versa if you prefer! You can’t miss them in the supermarkets, they are in the chiller aisle and have Great British Recipes emblazoned on the top of the carton.
Vintage Cheddar and Piccalilli
Piccalilli is one of those odd things that everyone has heard of but no one is quite sure what it is. Bright yellow in colour, it is a mix of vegetables with seasoning of mustard and turmeric. It is used as a pickle like accompaniment to food. This soup was inspired by a traditional pub classic and is a blend of Vintage Cheddar cheese and chopped vegetables with a hint of mustard heat.
The Vintage Cheddar and Piccalilli soup is a lovely yellow colour with generous helpings of vegetables. I was wondering what cheese soup would taste like but it is gorgeous. It tastes more like a vegetable soup with hints of cheese and mustard in the background. The family really enjoyed this soup
Beetroot and Horseradish
I love the spicy tastes of horseradish, I put it on lots of different sandwiches. I really like the idea of a beetroot and horseradish soup. Beetroot has an earthy warming taste and I think the horseradish will really spice it up and make it more interesting. I shall be looking out for this one.
Garden Pea, Rocket & Lovage
I love pea soup, it is a very British warming soup. There is nothing nicer than fresh peas picked from the pod on a summer day. Rocket is a lovely peppery lettuce like plant but I was not sure about lovage. It is a herb that was grown in English gardens for hundreds of years for its healing qualities so this soup is really combining very British ingredients. Add a touch of Vintage Cheddar to finish it off and the soup sounds lovely.
Parsnip, Apple and Elderflower
I have made parsnip soup myself and to be honest it was a bit bland. I was wondering what I could spice it up with. It seems like Covent Garden soup have the answer with their mix of parsnip, apple and elderflower. It contains honey roasted parsnips, mixed with tangy Bramley apples and delicately softened with floral elderflower hints. Finished with sour cream and nutmeg, it does not sound at all bland.
The good thing about New Covent Garden Soups is that they contain no additives or preservatives, flavourings, colourings or modified starch of any kind. You can find New Covent Garden Soups in most supermarkets, I found the British Inspired range a bit harder to find though.