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.

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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.

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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.

a beach cottage oster

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!).

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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…

tomato soup recipe abeachcottage

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 chilli soup recipe abeachcottage blog


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

  1. Chop the onion, chilli & garlic (I used the Oster blender for this)
  2. Cook the onion, garlic, tomato paste, chilli in the oil for 3 to 4 mins until soft
  3. Add all other ingredients and simmer for about 20 mins
  4. 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.

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45 Responses to “tomato chilli soup recipe and blender giveaway!”

  1. Meg says:

    Yum…stunning recipe! I have always wanted an Oster..and I have heard great feedback about the blender. Since moving to the country I have started to make soups and use more fresh veg, and a blender would be perfect.

  2. Claire says:

    Hello Sarah!!! Its so wonderful that Oster has come to Australia!!! When I was a little girl my family had an Oster sitting in our kitchen, I remember thinking it was sooo beautiful and amazing!!! My dear Grandma used to make us juices to drink and much like in your fabulous kitchen she would blend tomatoes and other veggies and make us soups. Oh Sarah, the smells of that great soup will always be with me!!! My dear Grandma has been gone from this earth alot of years now, and our dear Oster I had for thirty years of my married life is now gone too Im sad to say… Oh Sarah it would thrill my heart so to win an Oster!!! Yes please. may I enter the contest?? Thank you so much!!! xoxo Claire

  3. Yolanda says:

    Hi, Sarah. Thanks for this great opportunity! I need this beautiful Oster blender because I use a blender almost daily,and mine isn’t all that hot. And my Mom, who just passed away at the age of 84, used all her life the Oster blender that she bought as a bride in her twenties! My sister has it now (there was a minor tiff about that, and some other things!); it still works…
    I love your decorating style, and I have made some of your recipes (the Chritmas cake made out of pannettone comes to mind). This soup looks good and I will try it soon, maybe to eat with grilled cheese sandwiches.

  4. Mb says:


    Soup sounds delicious and easy….my cup o’ tea.

    Well….. I had an Oyster single serving blender, which i used to make smoothies, soups etc. when I lived in Windsor, Canada.

    I left it with my neighbour, Bill, who was a single father with 3 mouths to feed. I lived alone so every now and again I would make a big meal and carry over the “leftovers” for he and his clan. He was on to me….and knew I had done it purposely…..but it felt so good to help a busy man in need.

    He was the best Father I have ever met. I miss him. Lol and my blender too.


  5. Mb says:

    Oh for Pete’s sake !!

    Oster….. I spelled it wrong.

    (Hanging head)


  6. Debbie says:

    Oh my… I’m a soup loving gal from the old country (UK) now residing in very chilly (at the moment) QLD! But doesn’t matter what the weather is we always have soup on high rotation!

    This beautiful Oyster blender would make soup making so much easier.

    Thank you for giving us the oppertunity to win one :-) xx

  7. Tee says:

    Hi Sarah,
    You are my invisible friend each and every day, I check to see if you have added to your blog! Or maybe it is me who is the invisible friend. I just adore reading your day to day journeys through life, and your decorating gave me hope and had me changing my way of thinking. I was all burgundys, dark greens, and old english decor, but than I saw how beautiful your whites were, and how it can still look english, but look bright and uplifting. I love and adore it, so finally at 53 have decided to change! never too late to change! I had a couple of dismal years, cancer, deaths of parents etc to cope with, but your blog is my bright spot each day. I love the blender it sounds fantastic. I am trying to eat healthier and change not only my decor but me! A better version of me. I have gone out and bought cleansers (two) for double cleaning and toning and the list goes on. I tell my husband well Sarah is doing this, and so…. I would love to try it. You are a wonderful inspiration. I have 5 teens and young adults still living at home. I had 8 children originally so three have flown the nest! Life is crazy so I really love your blog for the solitude it brings. It is truly an inspiration as you are. I have always avoided the blender recipes as I do not have one, and really haven’t used one. I have been “scared of the unknown”!
    Thank you Sarah for providing such a gorgeous blog and sharing your home with us, it is truly wonderful.

    • Sarah says:

      well thanks for a lovely comment Tee – my gosh your life must be crazy busy!

      so glad to read you are double cleansing ;)

      your hubby is probably sick of me hahahhhaha xxxxxx

      • Tee says:

        No way is my hubby sick of you, he is just glad to see a smile on my face again! you bring light into our home, not only colourwise, but convincing me that white is right! He is happy also to see the sunshine coming back into our home bit by bit, as it definitely uplifts your spirits. It is also so nice to know, you have hidden away little treasures that come out at the right times. ( I have a few of those that have stayed hidden too long) You inspire me to pull them out and paint them! Never would I have thought I would be painting “antiques as such” but it gives such joy and a new life to them. My children are shocked that I am painting them but are impressed with the finished results. I am not talking perfect antiques but ones that needed help, which would have in the old days meant revarnishing and staining, so this is all new and fun to me. I think if you can do it, I am going to try it! I love how you are not scared to have a go, I lived most of my life too scared of making mistakes. Another thing I have learnt from you is that you pull out different things in all the time. change them around and create beautiful little scenes and vistas. Your photos are just perfect. Please keep on sharing as I am sure there are many more invisible friends, who find it a highlight of each day when you post something and make a difference in their lives, as you have mine.
        have a beautiful day,
        Tee xo

        • Sarah says:

          very very kind :) thanks

          I hear you on not being perfect – I’ve also learnt to also just have a go


  8. Sue Mahaffie says:

    Hi Sarah,
    would love to win the Oster blender- I currently use an old Sunbeam blender to mix up my smoothies- but these new fandangled ones look great – would love to mix up my family’s eating habits with new (and easy) recipes!!!
    Thanks xx

  9. I would love an Oster. :) Having 5 kids and one that is a celiac means that I make lots of stuff from scratch (it’s easier on the pocketbook then buying over priced “health food”) Your home is beautiful and I always find your recipes so “real girl” easy. Xx

  10. lisa says:

    Oh yes yes yes yes pleeeeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeee xxxx

  11. kathy says:

    Well, after that description how could I not want one of these!! Sounds absolutely fab and would well and truly beat my old one. I looooove the two jug idea.

    Love the recipe as well – will make that soon.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. Mb says:


    I vote for Tee!



    • Tee says:

      Thanks Mb you are a sweetheart! To say I would love it is an understatement! Enjoy your day,
      Tee xo

  13. merilyn says:

    that oster blender looks the business sarah! that soup looks great too! … you wouldn’t guess how old my blender is! … I’m telling the truth! it’s 45 yrs old! … been croaking a bit lately! … it was a wedding present in another life!
    I walked away with the vitamiser! … lucky hey!
    I would love a lovely new red oster blender, so I can blend my healthy smoothies and soups! can just see it on my bench! <3 it! … love m:)X

  14. Mel Louth says:

    My cheap and cheerful does a below average job
    If I had the chance I’d give it a lob!
    This oster looks smooth and sleek
    If on my bench everyone would peek!
    I’m in to healthy tucker and keeping it easy
    With this oster it would be easy peasy!

    Thanks for the consideration!

  15. Wow! That seriously looks so delicious! <3 YUMMM!We already have a blender… hehe so we'll leave it to someone else to win!

  16. Priya Patel says:


    I would love to win one an Oster blender so I can start whipping up delicious soups, smoothies, and so much more!

    -Priya Patel

  17. Claire L says:

    I hate to say that I am still struggling with the blender I was given as a gift almost 15 years ago! It just never seems to be at the top of my ‘must-replace’ appliance list, even though I would love to have something that really works for once. Might have to look at what this pretty Oster has to offer.

  18. Janie says:

    This is a seriously beautiful and functional blender. I share your pursuit of just the right consistency, it makes or breaks the soup and smoothies. What an opportunity to blend up a storm, love that it includes 2 jugs, ingenious.

  19. Jan Withers says:

    Wow what a fabulous Oster Blender – it cooks soup too, can hardly believe it. Love all your soup recipes and with this gorgeous blender we could have soup every day.

  20. Anonymous says:

    This soup looks so yummy! Unfortunately, my blender died a few months ago so I can’t try it. Crossing my fingers!!

  21. Nancy says:

    I leave my old Sunbeam tucked far away in my cabinet and only pull it out when needed. I would leave this sleek looking Oster ON my countertop!! Blending would be fun with this small appliance!

  22. michele says:

    wow! a blender that does all the chopping AND cooks!!
    what more does a gal need in life…..besides a bath ;-)

  23. Edwina says:

    I love your site Sarah and dream of some day visiting your enchanting Australia. Your pictures and humorous recounting of your adventures are always a treat-giveaways like this are the cherry on top!

    I’ve never owned a really good blender…only ones that get me by. But it’s summer-time to make pesto and fruit smoothies so the time for acquiring this awesome machine is now. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Cherrie says:

    A blender that cooks as it blends?! I really need one of these. I might even eat healthy food. Oster I love you!

  25. Cindy H says:

    yay! I would love to win…to whip up anything blendable. =)

  26. Jessica Lowe says:

    I have never owned a high quality blender before due to a purchase of one not being in my budget. This would come in handy in preparing homemade baby foods for my 5 month old who is about to start soft foods!

  27. Jenny says:

    I as many gals have a mom and grandmas that all had an Oster. I just moved and sold everything so must start over. What a nice place to start! Thanks for this oppurtunity!

  28. Vanesa says:

    Every time I buy an already made soup, I say to myself how nice it would be to make it ourselves,,,,, this would make my dream come true!!!

  29. manda says:

    I would love to make soups.

  30. Adriana says:

    I would love this to make soups, smoothies, salsas..

  31. Samantha Wright says:

    What an exciting opportunity you have given to win one of these amazing blenders, I don’t have a blender I have a thermomix that Im quite disappointed with when it comes to making my nut milks and smoothies, it just doesn’t cut it, I have seen this Oster Blender on the shopping channel and Im in awe of it, Oh I would be so Grateful xx

  32. Lisa Wijoyo says:

    Wow!! Amazing blender and yummy recipe too. Love this Oster blender to help me from blending healthy smoothies to blending yummy pesto sauce or spice with desired consistency. Easy to operate and clean also make my job much easier in preparing yummy foods for my family.

  33. Brenda Haines says:

    I haven’t had a good blender in.. well I don’t think I have ever had a good blender. I have learned now that it’s not always the best idea getting the bargain. In the long run you end up spending more because you have to buy another, and another! Get the good one the first time and you don’t have to worry! :) Thanks for the chance!

  34. Natalie says:

    Soup is one of my favourite things about winter. Healthy, nutritious and warming. However as a busy working mum of three young boys, our soup often comes out of a tin. Yeah I know – yuck! I miss the days of having time to chop up vegetables and slowly cook a delicious soup. This Oster blender looks brilliant! I love that it can cook the soup too. It would be my best friend in the kitchen!

  35. Wendy Ward says:

    Your tomato soup recipe sounds delish! As to why I might need a blender, well, my blender is at least 30 years old and I’m toying with the idea of purchasing a food processor But, I’m thinking I could do quite a bit with this Oster blender. And the blender is quite handsome too. Enjoy your day.

  36. Brenda Haines says:

    I would love to have this in my life, the one I have now only does half the job most the time. This one looks perfect! :)

  37. Lisa Brown says:

    I need one in my life to make life easier when I make large batches of salsa; I use a stick blender now since I do not have a blender.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  38. Jan Withers says:

    An Oster Blender would be a dream Sarah! Love all your soup recipes that I’ve tried and the Oster Blender would be the finishing touch.

  39. Kylie Vanzetti says:

    Ooh .. ooh .. ooh
    Just thinking how my yummy cauliflower soup would go in the gorgeous Oster!
    Mind you, will trying your lovely tommy sauce this weekend :)

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I want the blender to make this soup :)! It looks and sounds delish! Thanks for sharing

  41. Mariaelena says:

    Yum! I need one to try out some soup recipes for these upcoming cold months! :)