Blender Mixer

Blender Mixer

 

Hi guys, so welcome back. Today I’m going to talk about the wonder of my Blender Mixer. As you know, I love cooking simple things and life is made so much easier with a blender mixer. Now depending on what you’re making, will depend on which one is best for the job, but by far and away, the easiest and most practical is the hand blender. I picked up my blender mixer second hand online, so it doesn’t need to be expensive or fancy.

 

So I will share with you a few of my favourite things to make with the hand blender. Ways to impress your friends, or yummy things to have at home for one with minimal fuss.

 

First one is my homemade humous. Now, Jamie Oliver claims to have the best homemade hummus recipe, but have picked up some secret tips along the way to make a very unique and delicious recipe. Now you don’t need to stick to the traditional ingredients, you can also go wild and crazy and use such things as beetroot, red peppers or pumpkin. So, without any further adieu, here is my hummus recipe:

 

Recipe 1 

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and extra for serving

1 medium white onion, peeled and sliced

1 drained tin of chickpeas

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 freshly crushed Kampot peppercorns

2 tablespoons water, as needed for desired consistency

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat a stainless steel frying pan on a medium heat and dry fry the sesame seeds until fragrant. Then remove from heat and place in a mixing bowl.  

Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in small lidded saucepan over medium heat. Add onion slices and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, add all other hummus ingredients (except water) to the bowl.

Once onion slices are caramelized, allow them to cool slightly. Then add them to the bowl with the other hummus ingredients.

Process ingredients until smooth. Add water as needed for desired consistency.

Add extra olive oil if desired

 

I hope you enjoy that one, it is definitely one of my favourites to have for lunch or take to sharing parties.

 

The true shiner for the old hand blender would have to be making soup. They make light work of any soup, no matter what your choice. My favourite soup would have to be Lentil soup.

Recipe 2

 

Ingredients

 

4 bacon rashers diced

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 finely chopped onion

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 chopped celery stalk

1 diced carrot

2 tomatoes chopped

200g dried green lentils washed

1.5 litres chicken stock

1 splash worchester sauce

Method

Heat the olive oil and cook the bacon in a frypan until crunchy

Chopped onion, garlic, celery and diced carrot in a large saucepan for 5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes, cook for 1-2 minutes or until pulpy then stir in the bacon (and the oil for extra flavour) add the lentils, worchester sauce and stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until lentils are cooked.

Then the magical hand blender, blend in the saucepan until desired consistency.

Stir in the parsley then ladle into bowls and serve with some crusty ciabatta bread.

 

If you’re looking at what blender to purchase, the choices can be overwhelming. Depending on what you’re needs are as to what style of blender would suit you. To get some good reviews, I tend to always check out www.which.co.uk. They tend to review a good selection of items and have a great team of researchers.  

 

If making smoothies are more your style, then you may like the ease of a normal blender, but I find that my hand blender also does the trick for this too. Here is my favourite smoothie recipe. For making great crushed ice, I covered this in another of my blog articles:

 

Recipe 3

1 banana

½ cup cashew nuts

1 cup blueberries

½  cup soy milk

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon honey

½ cup yoghurt

Cup of crushed ice

Throw them all in a jug, blend using the hand blender and VOLA! You have the most delicious and healthy smoothie.

 

But the absolute show stopper, that will be the envy of all your friends, and also makes great Christmas presents is my Grandma’s Tomato Sauce. Very simple to make, but you’ll never want to eat standard shop brought sauce again!

 

Ingredients:

2.7kg Tomatoes

0.5 Kg Sugar

1 teaspoon salt

4 apples

475mls vinegar

4 cloves

1/4 teaspoon allspice

6 whole black peppers

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Place cloves into a small spice bag. Boil up all ingredients together for 2 hours. Remove the clove bag, and then using the hand blender, blend until desired consistency, I personally prefer it with some chunky bits. Bottle in warm sterile bottles.

 

I hope you enjoy my blog on the wonders of a blender mixer to your kitchen.