1) I'm not a huge soup eater.
2) They aren't (yet) stocked in my nearest supermarket.
The main reason for the first is that I often find soups to be quite dull. Whilst the flavours are often great, the lack of texture, bite, chew makes me feel like I'm eating baby food and regularly relegates soup to the role of get-well-soon food or the occasional winter warmer.
I came across Glorious when they generously offered me complimentary tickets to the Taste Of London 2010 festival where they had a colourful and welcoming stall.
I was a little nervous about accepting - after all, what if I didn't think much of their products? Regular readers have worked out by now that I'm not one to recommend anything I don't genuinely like and I won't hold back from negative comments if I think they are warranted.
I really like their soups! Phew!
My favourites so far are Tuscan Chicken & Orzo (which includes proper mouthfuls of chicken not to mention that lovely orzo pasta), Toulouse Sausage & Bean Cassoulet (nice, firm beans, proper bits of sausages in a lovely rich saucey soup) and Sunny Thai Chicken (which is lifted by the addition of lovely sweet potato).
I've also tried their Big Easy Chilli Cream Sauce which we used with chicken and pasta. In retrospect, given it's Thai-like flavours, it would have been better with rice, but even with pasta it was delicious!
The soups last well in the fridge and are quick and easy to heat.
I'm really hoping they will be available in my Waitrose soon, as I've been thinking longingly about that Chicken & Orzo soup on a number of occasions, especially during some of the drizzly days spent in the Lake District recently!
Hand on heart, I'm happy to recommend these soups to anyone looking for a simple, tasty and hearty meal... even better with some fresh, crusty bread!