Glorious! Soups have managed to create a range that transports you back to your favourite travel destinations, reliving the best moments with their heady mix of flavours and aromas from around the world.
Having come back from a trip to Puerto Vallarta and Sans Blas on the West Coast of Mexico, I thought I would try a Glorious SkinnyLicious Mexican Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper soup.
The ingredients in the Mexican Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper soup includes a wide range of spices and chilies, lime juice and palm oil to mention just a few, making it thicker than many soups and sweetly aromatic.
Chilies have a range of flavours and heat, and sold loose in Mexican markets. The locals know what each one tastes like and what its properties are, from the large black ones the size of your hard to the tiny red ones smaller than a finger. As a visitor you look and wonder!
The soup also include ground maize tortilla chips, which gives a superb background flavour so hard to quantify yet ever present in Mexican cooking.
Soup in Mexico, as in many countries, is often taken with family or friends in a social environment. Taking a bowlful from a large saucepan and then dipping a baked flat bread or soft tortilla into it, is the normal way to eat.
Remembering that I quickly toasted a tortilla so that it was just starting to brown and yet remain soft inside. There is a nack to this which involves cutting it up into halve before you put it in the toaster, but the result is similar to the fire-griddled tortillas found in Mexican beach cafes.
With a plate of nachos or home grilled tortilla in hand to dunk in the soup, you could be transported to the Mexican beach, the waves gently lapping the shore, with the sounds and smells of the beach bars preparing smoked fished, lime salad, and cold Cerveza.
Even in the evenings, the temperate climate keeps families outdoors, sharing a meal, a few bowls of hot soup and a some beers with each other.
The west coast of Mexico is much more relaxed than the east coast, and is mostly used as the holiday destination for Mexicans. As such it is friendly and safe, and your memories of any trip will be good.
Street Vendors sell all range of fresh and seasonal food. You cannot miss the colours or the smell of burning wood mixed with coconut shells. The smoking Coconut husks act as a natural deterrent to mosquitoes, and you just get used to the earthy peaty scent.
The street shops at the side of the roads sell everything you need, and it is all fresh. Much of it is produce we as visitors may never have seen before, let alone tasted, but the locals seem to know which to choose, squeezing the odd looking fruits before deciding on which to buy. I guess the Glorious Soup makers must have trodden a similar path in choosing the ingredients for their soups. I can only envy them.
All the street shops have flowers for sale. The reason for this is simple; If you are on the road and buying food produce, you are usually travelling to friends or family, and about to prepare a meal. Whenever you visit family you always take your Mother, Sister, Girlfriend a flower – Its a sign of politeness.
The nice thing whilst reliving my Mexican travels, is that I wasn’t piling on the pounds. The Glorious Soup SkinnyLicious Mexican Soup only has 186 calories in a whole pot, so even with adding the tortilla, I still felt good to myself.
So, having finished my bowl, the only question I have now is where do I want to be taken by Glorious! Soup tomorrow?
“This blog post is an entry into the Foodies100/GLORIOUS! soup #GloriousAdventures blogger challenge”.