I've been a bad blogger; can you ever forgive me?!?
To soften the blow I'm bringing you a fantastic chance to win a spankin' new Hamilton Beach Wave-Action blender!
What I love about this blender is it's size. It's compact, meaning it fits perfectly on your counter without being in the way. The blade is powerful, dicing it's way through foods to make perfectly smooth smoothies and soups.. The design of the blade helps get all those bits and pieces, as does the provided stir spoon that helps with extra thick mixtures. The blender is loud, but this is to be expected from something blitzing food!
The design of the unit has a great pour spout, and the glass jar is dishwasher safe. I recommend washing the rest of the pieces immediately after use to help prolong the life of your blender.
I own a Vitamix blender which is wonderful, but a kitchen investment piece. For occasional blender users or those looking to come it at a lower price point, the Wave Action Blender is a well priced alternative.
I tried out my blender by making the most delicious summer soup. If you've never tried cold soups before you need this recipe in your life! It's light and highlights the amazing tastes of summer produce. This is an adaptation from Jamie Oliver's Red Pepper Summer Soup.
Red Pepper Summer Soup
2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped (alternatively use jarred crushed garlic)
4 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 fresh red chile, seeded and chopped (if you cannot find a fresh chile in stores you can use ground red pepper)
1 quart chick broth
1 small bunch of basil leaves
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
1 stalk celery
Place the chopped onion, garlic, red peppers and chile in a large soup pan with olive oil and sauté for about 20 minutes; medium heat and covered. Stir every few minutes until all the ingredients have softened. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour the mixture into your blender and add the red wine vinegar and basil leaves. Blend the soup (you may need to do this in batches) to your desired texture. Taste the mix and correct the seasonings to your preference with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl you can cover or container and refrigerate to chill.
Prepare your garnish when you are ready to serve by dicing the cucumber and celery. Pour the soup into bowls and top each with a mixture of veggies, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
Enter below for a chance to win your own new Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender!
-This giveaway will run from Wednesday, August 19th (12 AM) to Friday, August 21st (11:59 PM).
-To clarify, you are entering to win a brand new Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender. I will coordinate with the winner and Hamilton Beach to have the blender shipped directly to you from their distribution center.
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-You can also follow me on Twitter (@loganmer) and tweet out about your entry for extra points to win!
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-Rafflecopter will randomly select the winner, who I will reach out to next week.
Update: this giveaway has ended and a winner has been announced. Thank you all for participating and reading Sage & Serendipity!
Note: I received a complementary Wave Action Blender from Hamilton Beach to review. All opinions are my own.