January is a bleak month at the best of times. It's even worse when you've shelled out for a skiing holiday as well. So it's a time to watch the pennies and shed some Christmas blubber. At the moment I'm feeling a bit like Rick Waller in Ricky Gervais' pork scratching joke!
So it's a time to cut back and try to get my bank balance and waist back into shape.
I've bought my week's worth of soup already and am making life more interesting by not eating sandwiches and just concentrating on soup. I'm going to make sure I note which ones are best in order to force myself into not buying extra food during the day. It's all too easy to spend a fiver a day on sandwiches and then even more money on supper. But not this month!
Covent Garden Toulouse Sausage and Puy Lentils
Good thick soup. Ed's immediate comment was that it looked like a tin of Heinz blognese sauce. He got it spot on. It's not an attractive soup to look at. Dull brown with a hint of grey!
It's got a deep, meaty flavour and is thickened well by the lentils. However, if you blindfolded me and fed it to me there is no way on earth that I would have guessed what it was. That said it was enjoyable. It kept my hunger away, along with a bread roll, till about 8pm whereupon I felt like I was about to die from hunger pangs!
Covent Garden Winter Vegetable
Now this is a proper soup. No messing around with dodgy Gallic sausage soups. This is a proper English puppy. Full of rich golden colour and thick with goodness, this soup is a winner. It tasted even better when accompanied by chewy chunks of le pain quotidien baguette.
Our only complaints were:
1. It took forever for our microwave to cook it
2. Are peas winter vegetables?
Nonetheless, great soup. Has kept hunger at bay until supper time too.