“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Soups „
The Four Mushroom soup I have is slightly different to the one pictured and is called Mushroom Pottage. Pottage consistently remained a staple of the poor person's diet throughout most of the 9th-15th centuries, so seeing it connected to Loyd Grossman made me smile! The theory was the Pottage or stew was always cooking and anything available added to it, so may be a a bit of rabbit was thrown in one day and some vegetables and another day just the bones from something else and some oats. But this mushroom soup is just a pottage or soup of different mushrooms.
Suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs, this is easy to prepare and not too much wasteful packaging.
Loyd Grossman is an American TV presenter and also a chef and musician, there are several sauces and soups sold under his name. On the packet Loyd has a statement that he loves food and great food comes from care and detail to attention and insists of tasting every recipe until it is just right.
The pouch is creamy yellow in colour with a picture of the mushroom soup and Loyd's name and a picture of him tasting the soup. On the reverse of the pouch there is a corner with dots and a pair of scissors indicating to cut to open. The instructions to heat are very simple, once the pouch is cut open place in a microwave and heat on full power for 4 minutes for a 650 watt or 3.5 minutes for a 750 watt. Then stand for 1 minute. It can also be heated in a pan, which if you only want one bowl is quite a good idea. The remainder can be stored in the fridge and used within 2-3 days.
The Mushroom pottage soup which is a blend of button,chestnut,oyster and shitake mushrooms with double cream. The largest ingredient is water, then 12% mushroom puree, 1.5% double cream, plus onions, dried skimmed milk, dry sherry, garlic puree and black pepper and a few other things.
The pouch contains 400 grams and the nutritional information is only given for 100grams so if you share a pouch and make two portions the amount needs to be doubled. Therefore a bowl of 200grams has 118cals 7.6grams of fat, 11grams of protein and the equivalent of 1.4grams of salt.
It smelled quite pleasant when opened and I was looking forward to sampling the creamy brown soup with flecks of mushroom. At first I thought there wasn't enough salt to bring out the flavour but I got used to it by the end of the bowl anad was glad I didn't add extra salt. The consistency was just right and along with some crusty bread I found it an excellent lunch. It was much nicer than any tinned mushroom soup and just as good as homemade!
Sainsbury stock the soup pouches at £1.29 although I bought mine from Approved foods at a reduced price, they say recommended price for case of 5 was £4.99 and charged me £2.00 for the case of 5! (Approved foods sell products that are out of date or nearing the best before date but still good to eat, so I had a great bargain.) My soups were best before end of February, so I'm off to have another bowl of soup for dinner!