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Yes I know. I am having these soups in their tinned incarnations rather than going for something more freshly made. Considering the price that would entail… I am more than happy about that. I only liked one of these.
Broccoli and Stilton – Two very strong flavours in this soup. They work well together and come in different waves. For me the broccoli is the more dominant with the creaminess provided by the blue cheese being more an undertone. Interestingly hub found the opposite. So I wonder if this comes back to that whole brussel sprouts genetics thing. Or because he doesn’t like blue cheese.
Lobster Bisque – I was taken aback at the sweetness of this soup. People tend to go on about the sweetness of certain seafoods and I usually just shrug my shoulders. This, however, is an odd varient on sweet. Creamy too and with a strong seafood aroma and taste. Just going to say it, I did not like this soup. I think I am starting to come to terms with the fact that I am just not a shellfish person.
Royal Game Easily my favourite of the trio. Possibly the most complex of the three too. It reminds me a bit of a liver soup. It’s rich and peppery. Not sure what makes this soup ‘royal’, but it’s nice to be able to have something so fulfilling after trying the other two.
So what makes an egg florentine? Basically think of a eggs benedict and substitute spinach in the place of ham. The version of eggs florentine that I had also made the change of replacing the traditional toasted muffin with toasted slices of brioche.
The benefit of having eggs florentine over benedict is how you can kid yourself into thinking that you are having a healthier breakfast. It is so convenient to forget the eggs and hollandaise sauce that you are shoving into your gob because of the greens on the plate. I still prefer it with ham rather than spinach.
After the previous success of my chilli I wanted to try some different beans. Enter an offer in Tescos where I decided to stock up on tins of pulses.
Now I don’t know if I burnt the chilli or something, but the black-eyed peas had a bit of a smokey taste to them. Nothing else did, just the black-eyed peas. The borlotti beans just tasted like generic beans. Like how refried beans would taste before the process that leads to refried beans.
In fact, as chilli beans, neither of these worked as well as the butter beans and cannellini beans. Good to know.