Friday, 16 May 2014

Glorious! Limited Edition Soups: Brazilian and Persian

If you didn't know what Brazilian food is like, then you will by the time summer is over. Ahead of the World Cup, it seems everyone has gone Brazil mad - including Glorious, who have released two Brazil-inspired soups, which they sent me to try, along with their new Persian-spiced soup as well. 

I am a bit of a fan of Glorious soups - I love how they are always trying different spices and take inspiration from around the world. Here's how I got on...

Glorious Soups

Rio Carnival Soup: 
This one's spicy and (quite brightly) yellow and full of good things like butternut squash, sweet potato and turmeric. It has a tang from the lime juice and also contains plantains along with some Basmati rice for texture. I liked it. It's part of their SkinnyLicious range, and packs 126kcal per half-pot portion. You'll love it if you like a bit of spice to your soup and also has a really unique flavour - it's not like any soup I've ever tasted before. 

glorious brazil persian soups
Top left: Persian Tomato. Top right: Rio Carnival. Bottom: Brazilian Beef and Black Eye Bean


Brazilian Beef and Black Eye Bean:
This isn't called a 'meal soup' for nothing. It's filling and has bags of flavour. It was by far my favourite of the three - red wine, tomatoes, beef and then zesty lime and the black beans to fill you up.  Again, it's a hot, spicy little number (that'll be the chipotle chillies) but I just loved how the flavours mingled together. The ingredients list mentions cocoa powder, too... 

Persian Spiced Tomato:
I actually ate this soup for breakfast one day (yes, I eat weird breakfasts...) - it's got a kick but it was the mildest in spice of the three soups, being aromatic and fragrant more than hot and spicy. There are exotic ingredients like saffron, Ras El Hanout and galangal in it too. The tomatoes are roasted and it does give an extra richness to the soup, which has quite a peppery flavour, along with all those other warming spices. This is part of the SkinnyLicious range, like the Rio Carnival soup, with 114kcal per half pot portion. 

Have you tried the new Glorious! soups? Which are your favourites? 





3 comments:

  1. This brazilian beef and black eye bean soup is AWFUL!!!

    As Brazilian, when I got this soup in the supermarket I was expecting to have a soup that I could remember the flavour of brazilian soups, feeling back home.

    I didn´t see the ingredients before, so for my surprise when I opened the soup I found tomatoes and a strong smell of cumin. I felt very disapointed with this product.

    There´s nothing similar in this product to a brazilian bean soup or even a brazilian food. In brazilian food we never mix tomato with beans, we do not use many of the ingredients used in this soup! We do not use black eye bean as well, we use black, red or white beans for soups! And we do not put chilli in ready soups!!!!!!!!!!

    It was really bad! I dropped all the content to the bin and will never reccomend this soup to no one! I think the company will have lots of brazilian or english customers who knows the taste of our soups unhappy with this product.

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  2. This is really interesting, and thanks for your comment - while I personally liked the flavours of the soup, I'm not hugely familiar with Brazilian food so couldn't vouch for its authenticity. I do know Argentine food though and we find that a lot of food marketed as 'Argentine' is absolutely nothing like the food eaten in Argentina so I can understand how you feel! Thanks for the taking the time to share your views on this :)

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  3. When I saw the mix of ingredients in each soup, I thought that they do not resemble any of our soups. Some of the ingredients such as sweet potatoes, beef, black eye beans, cumin are present in Brazilian cuisine but not in soups. Even though, I would like to try them. They are low cal and judging only but their ingredient combo, they seem appetizing.

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