What happens when you get three renowned chefs together in the kitchen? There could be a few answers to that question but in the case of the Tideford Food kitchen they have come up with three excellent soups.
Mark Hix, the doyen of the London cool restaurant scene has added another string to his bow with an unusual and punchy soup, celeriac and apple. I was curious to taste this, as I’d never had a hot apple soup before. The flavour is very earthy and autumnal while remaining fresh and even light. There is a hint of pepper and turmeric in there that gives it extra kick, not too much but enough to make its mark. It’s perfect for bonfire night.
Aldo Zilli is as famous on TV as he is at producing fish and vegetarian dishes. His soup, a Tuscan bean is fresh and vibrant, full of Italian tomatoes, chickpeas and haricot beans and just the right amount of Mediterranean herbs to lift it. A fine soup that is best enjoyed with a crusty toasted whole meal slice of bread.
My favourite is from Mitch Tonks who has been the go to restaurateur in the mid west of England for all things fish. His West Country smoked haddock chowder with leeks and peas is a meal in itself. This chunky soup is delicious and has a great texture. The addition of smoked bacon sealed it for me. There is no need to have a slice of toast with this soup, if you serve it in a cup then don’t forget to provide a spoon.
These three soups are made with organic produce mostly grown in Devon where the soups are produced. As the nights draw in this is a perfect time to let somebody else do all the hard work while you enjoy one of these soups. Priced at £3.49 each and can be found at Selfridges, Ocado, Planet Organic and other independent retailers.