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I often have a tin of soup for my lunch and my brand of choice, in fact the only brand I eat, is Baxters soup thanks to their wonderful range of flavours and the number of low fat/low cal substantial soups they offer. I usually go for a broth as they feel more like a meal, but when I want something that feels more decadent and is richer then it has to be the Royal Game soup. Royal Game is part of Baxters Favourites range and the tin is exactly as shown in the picture above. It costs 75p - 90p per tin, which is a little more than some other well known brands but I believe that you get what you pay for. On pouring the soup into its heating vessel (this can be heated on the hob or in the microwave - I've tried both successfully) you are greeted by a rich dark, brown soup which just cries out "meaty", there are small chunks of meat and veg floating in the soup - no watery soup here. The meatiness comes from the main ingredients of venison and pheasant and, within the broth and in no way identifiable the venison liver and heart. The vegetables (oh yes more than one type) are potatoes, carrots and swede. All chunks of meat and veg are small, but noticeable, and do add to the overall enjoyability of the soup. While I'm on about the ingredients a quick mention as to nutritional values, a half can (205g) of this soup contains just 83 cals, 0.6g of fat and 0g (zero) saturated fat, in my mind this makes for a very healthy soup. So the ingredients and looks and nutrition is good - what about the taste you ask. This lives up to expectations, it is a rich, meaty tasting soup with a slight peppery kick enhancing the flavour and substance from the veg and meat chunklets. This soup is lovely with a chunk of bread to dip in it. All in all, even considering the few extra pennies you have to pay for the soup, I can't find anything to fault this soup on. If you want a tasty meat sop then you can't go wrong choosing this one.
Another cold dark night last night, and another can of soup heated up and eaten to give me back my warmth - This time Royal Game Soup from Baxters. I quite like Baxters as a brand- Baxters have been making soups since 1929,and Royal Game Soup was the first one developed - in fact, there is a little backstory about the soup on the tin, which is itself quite nicely designed - a big bowl of steaming hot soup sitting on a tartan tablecloth in the Scottish Highlands, with a majestic stag standing behind it . The can also has all the usual - heating guidelines for both hob and microwave, nutritional info, and a full list of ingredients which reassuringly are free from artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Pouring the soup into a pan to heat up, it was a rich glossy dark brown, with plenty of visible chunks of meat, and some small pieces of carrot and onion. It smelt deliciously meaty, and as I heated up the soup, this smell got bigger and bigger - meaty, rich, and spicy. The taste is amazing - its a really meaty soup , not thick but not thin either, with many different levels to the taste . The first taste is definitely venison, giving way to the rich beefiness of the stock, which is then offset by the tiny tender chunks of potato, onion and carrot. The pieces of venison and pheasant although quite small were very well distributed, and every mouthful had a deliciously meaty chunk in it . There is a definite kick of spices to this - not hot exactly, but it tastes as though someones chucked a bit of mustard or curry into it to lift it up a little . It also tastes as though it has a generous slug of red wine in it - although a look at the ingredients proves this not to be the case. There is some venison heart and liver in this - although I didn't find any meaty chunks that tasted offal-ly . I suspect that these might have dissolved during the making of the soup, and contributed to the overall rich flavour . A can of this cost me 77p in the supermarket , not too bad seeing as a full can with a slice of crusty bread makes and excellent meal for me on a cold evening. And it's not horribly bad for me either - despite being very rich and satisfying, per can there are 166 calories,1.2g of fat, and 3.1g of sugar. I love this soup - its satisfying, warming, spicy, deep and rich. It's not too expensive, and it's not bad for me either. Definitely recommended for a cold night!
I usually make my own soup but one tinned soup I love is Baxters Royal Game, especially during these cold winter months as it's a very warming soup which I find especially comforting with a large chunk of French stick. Baxters first created their Royal Game soup back in 1929 and I for one can see why it's stood the test of time, not least because it's such a simple soup yet tastes luxurious and moreish. Royal Game soup always puts me in mind of a spicier and richer version of oxtail soup, this is down to the consistency and also the basis of the flavour is very similar in taste. It's certainly a meaty soup, there are small pieces of potato and carrot in it but it's basically a meat soup for meat eaters, the vegetables are simply there to break it up a bit. While the vegetables have a softer texture than I'd like, the meat more than makes up for it. It's tiny little chunks of meat made up of venison, pheasant plus venison liver and heart. I know this doesn't sound wonderful but it really is such a tasty blend of meatiness, this is one of those soups which tastes much better than it sounds! The broth itself is deliciously meaty, there's a hint of mustard and a delicious selection of herbs and spices which gives the soup a real kick. I love to dunk my bread into it and let it soak up the hearty broth, this makes such a satisfying meal of a simple bowl of soup. If you're feeling particularly creative then put some grated cheese on top of slices of French stick, grill until the cheese has melted then float the bread slices on top of your lovely Royal Game soup. This soup is very filling, I usually have half a can at a time although have been known to eat a full tin if I'm feeling hungry. Considering how substantial this is I was surprised to find this is fairly low in calories and fat, each half tin contains 74 calories and 0.6g of fat which if I remember correctly is better than Heinz's supposedly very healthy Vegetable soup.
I'll never forget the story about my grandmother Ethel, making this soup in her kitchen. It's the very first recipe she created and what a soup to start on! Highland venison and pheasant in a rich stock make it a soup of distinction. A crisp Autumn day is the only accompaniment you need.