A few months ago, The New Covent Garden Soup Co launched their new Souper Boosters and as always, I was intrigued to try. There’s only one problem though; I’ve not seen them for sale anywhere other than on their website. If you’re like me, I don’t go out of my way much and tend to pick new things up while I’m wandering the aisles of my local supermarket and it was only by chance that I found this little treat in my BBC Good Food Winter Show goody bag on my way out.
Beggars can’t be choosers and only had the choice of trying their Aromatic Thai, although there are four flavours available. I love the concept of coverting left over vegetables or cooked meat, maybe from a roast dinner in to a soup, but it didn’t take me long to muster up a selection of some forgotten veggies at the bottom of my fridge.
I never created a specific recipe in mind as I wanted to truly go with the flow as the instructions direct, but all must be sautéed in oil or my preferred method, frylight for a richer taste. These are the ingredients I used:
1 green pepper, deseeded & chopped
3 brocolli florets, including the main stalk
3 medium carrots, peeled & chopped
1 medium potato, peeled & chopped
2 red onions, diced
1 celery stick, chopped (Note: personally I would not use this again)
To adapt for my soup maker, I used 800ml water and 800g vegetables at their prepared weight and 30g of the booster. (Side Note: you are meant to use half of the tube per soup making session as instructed on the back but the soup maker is a little bit smaller than the guide suggests). Once my soup maker finished, I have to say, it smelled incredible, but when it came to the taste, it lacked so much seasoning, had to blend in 2 chicken stock cubes. I’m sure most of you know I eat soup almost every day for lunch and at £2 a tube or £1 per batch of soup that serves 4, I really don’t see this as value for money, but if they launched their own competitively priced stock cubes with similar unique flavours and correct the seasoning, then I’d happily chuck in to my basket. It’s certainly unique and I tip my hat to that. I’d also like to point out that I would avoid celery or any other strong tasting vegetable and let the booster do the work, otherwise you could end up with a bowl of confusion.
What’s your verdict? Please comment below and hopefully it will help others.
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