“ Type: Soups „
I am usually quite a fan of the New Covent Garden Food Co fresh soups and usually buy the carrot & coriander or the tomato & basil variety but on perusing the shelf in my local Tesco I decided to buy the Soup of the Month for January - Root Vegetable Medley as I am on a bit of a health kick and the traffice light system showed low for fat, sat fat & sugar and medium on salt. On the carton a depiction of scales with the words 'shape up with soup' also drew my eye and as I am trying to eat my five a day I thought I would be onto a winner with this soup! How wrong I was.
What it contains:
The root vegetables in question are: carrots; turnips and swedes amongst other ingredients such as potoato and onion etc. This medley has supposedly been perfectly married with just the right blend of herbs and seasoning.
All the ingredients are natural and fresh. Please note that this product does contain milk and may contain nut traces but it is suitable for vegetarians.
The first off putting aspect of this soup was the smell once I had opened the carton and put it into the microwave. I had actually not long finished a rather gruelling workout on the treadmill and thought it was me and asked my husband if I smelt. I do get sweaty when working out but don't ususally smell and this was a really horrible pungent Body Odour type smell! My husband pointed to the microwave and said 'I think it's that!' and retreated into the living room.
After 2 and a half minutes I opened the door to stir the soup before putting it back for another 2 and a half mintues (timings are based on a 900watt microwave oven) and the smell was most definitely coming from the soup!
Once ready you must leave the soup to stand for a minute before serving and also make sure the product is piping hot. On pouring the soup into the bowl came the second off putting element. Not only was my sense of smell being assaulted, this soup really does have the consistency, colour and appearance of vomit (especially when very liquidy and the size and colour of the chunks of carrot in it just made the similarity even more apparent!.
I don't know how I even brought myself to sample the soup as I was starting to feel a bit sick myself and a lot less hungry than I had been feeling moments before but I determinedly sat down with the bowl of soup and my accompanying rivitas and had a tentative taste.
Despite the smell and appearance, the soup was okay but I would not say it was delicious or particularly flavoursome but rather a bit bland. I actually had to add loads of black pepper and some fresh parmesan to make it a little more palatable to me! Even with this I only managed to eat about a quarter of the carton and I would most definitely not be buying this particular variety again.
Healthwise, this soup looks great on paper: a typical serving contains only 84 cals but there is no use in that if you can't stomach eating it! If you do decide to try out this soup I hope your experience is nicer than my own - good luck!
I bought my 600g carton for £1.97 from Tescos.
Head to www.newcoventgardenfood.com for information on their two week healthy eating plan.
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New Covent Garden Co / Soup of the Month, New Year New You, Root Vegetable Medley