I was at Waitrose the other day stocking up on frozen stuff (I got garlic and ice cream, but they didn’t have shallots) and happened upon a new item – jarred soffritto. I quickly scanned the ingredients for anything non-vegan, not bothering to note the bizarre stuff some British person decided was supposed to go into sofrito, and, seeing that it was safe, bought a jar.
It wasn’t until I got home and had a good look at it in comparison to a recipe in Viva Vegan! that I realised that this is some kind of Euro-sofrito. Sorry, soffritto. It contains carrots and celery instead of peppers*. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Regardless, I used it in a couple of recipes, and it was actually pretty good.
I made the Viva Vegan! Latin Baked Tofu with it, but due to the lack of Latinness, I added a bit of cumin to it before I poured it over the tofu. I also made the Cuban black bean soup, which saved me a ton of time standing at the stove (but not much in the actual cooking process, which took FOREVAH).
Mike and I really liked it over the tofu, and we really liked the soup, so I can’t really say it’s a terrible product. It just wasn’t what I expected. But I guess I should’ve known, since I got it at Waitrose and not Lupe Pinto’s. Still, I would give it the seal of approval – even though it was different, it was still tasty!
And since I don't have a picture of any food, here's a kitty tongue:
*A quick search tells me that this is Tuscan-style soffritto. So I guess my Latin baked tofu was actually Italian baked tofu.