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I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for useful kitchen gadgets. We don’t have many but the few that we do have get used a lot. I’m usually not impressed with most of the gadgets out there since they’re usually made for people who don’t like spending time in the kitchen. A banana slicer? Really? Is it that hard to take a knife out and cut up a banana? Lazy, sigh…
A couple of weeks ago while making chocolate shakes and cursing at the air-locked blender, like it always is, I said to myself “self, it’s time for an upgrade”. I was thinking about getting one of those blenders that ice cream places use to make shakes, you know the ones with the shiny stainless cups. There’s a restaurant supply store not far from here so I knew where to get one.
One day while Barry was at costco (just getting one thing, right? Never!) and he sent me a photo of something the made me very excited. No, it wasn’t a dirty pic. Pigs! It was something else I’ve wanted for a while but was so much better. A hand blender! But not just a hand blender, it comes with a food processing attachment too! Sign me up!
Let’s just say I’ve been having some fun in the kitchen the past week or so. I feel like an evil scientist concocting up all sorts of recipes to use with my favorite shiny new toy. Where it took at least 10 minutes to make a chocolate shake in the good ole blender, my new hand blender whipped out creamy chocolate shakes in less than a minute.
With the very hot weather we’ve been having here this week I thought now would be a great time to experiment with make some refreshing fruit smoothies. I’ve been making yogurt based smoothies for breakfast ever since we bought the hand blender but with the heat wave sweeping through, the ice based smoothie I came up with is more appropriate to share at this time.
Need to relax and cool off? Try my peach strawberry smoothie.
Peach Strawberry Smoothie
A great fruit smoothie for those hot and humid days.
- 1 Whole Peach (pitted and losely chopped)
- 1 cup Strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 to 1-1/2 cup Ice
This recipe will give you a refreshing summer drink that tastes great and is great for you! For a twist add some fresh mint.
|Place the stawberries and chopped peaches into blender or cup if your using hand blender. Puree until smooth. |
|Add the honey and mix some more. |
|Add the ice and blend until fully pureed where there are no more ice chunks. |
Now grab a seat in the shade and enjoy!
Have a fruit smoothie recipe that you think I should try? Post a link in the comments and I’ll take it for a spin!