I've already reviewed some of Tideford Organic's soups - click through to see what we thought of their Spicy Butternut Squash soup and Pea & Mint soup - so we were very pleased to receive their Celebrity Chef soups to try out, created in conjunction with a trio of world renowned chefs. The three flavours in this range are Mitch Tonks' Smoked Haddock Chowder with Organic Leeks and Peas, Mark Hix's Celeriac and Apple soup and Aldo Zilli's Tuscan Bean soup.
The one that appealed to me most was the creamy smoked haddock chowder and I wasn't disappointed. This soup is produced by Tideford Organics using the signature chowder recipe of leading chef, award-winning food writer and seafood champion Mitch Tonks. It uses naturally smoked haddock caught off the South West coast and it is a really satisfying, hearty soup, perfect on a cold wintry evening. This is my favourite of the three.
I wasn't sure what I'd make of Mark Hix's Celeriac and Apple soup because it's a smooth, fairly thin soup and I do tend to prefer thick or chunky soups. It's a simple vegan-friendly combination of British apples and vegetables with a gentle hint of celery and it was OK but I did find it a bit bland.
Famed for his innovative London restaurants and regular appearances on both TV and radio, Italian chef Aldo Zilli has shared one of his favourite soup recipes with Tideford Organics. Made in Tideford's Devon kitchen, Aldo's Tuscan Bean soup is packed full of organic sun-ripened Italian tomatoes, chickpeas, haricot beans and fresh vegetables from Riverford Organic Farms. To finish, the soup is seasoned using garlic, crushed black pepper, rosemary and thyme. This actually reminded us of our homemade soup so when you need a quick hearty and healthy meal after a long day at work, it's perfect.
Tideford Organics believe that delicious, healthy food can only be made with organic ingredients that are farmed responsibly with no artificial pesticides or fertilisers so all of the soups in the 'celebrity chefs' range are organic and also gluten free. They are particularly proud of the fact that they don't add anything that wouldn't be found in your kitchen cupboard so the colours and flavours come from using organic vegetables, herbs and spices that are slowly cooked. That's why it reminded us of our homemade efforts then !
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £3.49 for 600g
for more information : www.tidefordorganics.com
Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.