tomato chilli soup recipe and blender giveaway!
Tue 14th, Jul, 2015
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Good morning, here today I have a lovely soup recipe and a blender to show you, we all know we love kitchen products and kitchenalia on this blog, well today I am not going to disappoint. Sit back people and have a look at this, if you love a good kitchen product, enjoy.
Recently Oster (the number one blender brand in the USA with over 90 years of heritage) got in touch to ask me if I would like to have a look at their new-to-Australia blender. Now a few years ago I may have been yeah, meh, whatever, blender schmender, but since I invested in a decent blender then I have found having a good blender in the kitchen is much more useful than making the odd smoothie smooth – a good blender is great for all different kinds of kitchen jobs, very versatile to me and I use mine all the time. So, I was definitely up to try a super-duper blender and give it a little whirl in my life.
So yes, true to say I was fairly interested in this blender…it arrived…I opened the box…I thought it looked quite nice…I put it together (looked a bit scary to be quite honest, this is one fabulous piece of machinery – in reality was a cinch even for my brain to put together and I was unaided!)…set it up…then I turned it on….swoon…man this is the crème de la crème of blenders.
But, really, what can you say about a blender? Well I can tell you this – this one is just so …nice. It just sits there and works very well, you turn the dial it purrs away beautifully, all of it is well-built and feels solid, it’s easy to wash up, and to be quite honest it does the job (inside this thing is spinning at 400kph faster than a Category 5 cyclone – what that means to real people like me who turn buttons on, is it performs the job superbly)…on top of that something I loved is that it comes with a recipe book and not one, but two jugs which turned out to be really handy (each jug having a different purpose – tall jug perfect for liquids, smaller one for dips etc), as most times when I am in the kitchen I am multi-tasking (super woman that I am) and it’s a pain in the neck to rinse out the jug…with this one you don’t have to do that. Lastly, you can actually cook a soup in this blender, pop it all in, turn it on and leave it for 5 or so mins and the speed/friction of the blades will cook the soup as well as chopping it – no fuss, all in one, too easy (amazing!).
OK but let’s talk about knobs and actually using the thing…one of the problems I have with my current blender (first world problem) is it’s not terribly accurate, as in it has buttons for chop or whiz or ice etc and a pulse button but it turns out that two years down the line of using a blender I actually have become quite fussy about consistency. Well this one has a button that you turn up and down to control the blade – that is so good, I played with it a lot…
This soup recipe is a case in point with the blending accuracy – I’m not a totally smooth soup person (please note though am in smoothies, just to, you know, be difficult) and I wanted to see if this blender could get the tomato soup consistency I obsess over right. It did and this is how I like it, blended but not silky and really watery…still a bit chunky but not lumpy.
Tomato and Chilli Soup Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red chilli
1 level tsp dried chilli
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 large onion finely chopped
2 cans crushed tomatoes (or fresh equivalent)
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups vegetable stock
- Chop the onion, chilli & garlic (I used the Oster blender for this)
- Cook the onion, garlic, tomato paste, chilli in the oil for 3 to 4 mins until soft
- Add all other ingredients and simmer for about 20 mins
- Blend until smooth
Let me know if you try it, it’s a gorgeous (and easy) soup for these chilly Winter months.
And the best bit, you can win one of these babies with a abeachcottage giveaway – what’s up for grabs is one of these Oster Versa blenders. To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me why you need one of these blenders in your life.
You can find out more about Oster Appliances over here.