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?