My friend Kristin, a successful actress and model, moved to France. As models are sometimes apt to do, she moved to Paris for work, leaving me the sole custody of her Ninja. No, it’s not a cat, dog, or turtle – but a blender. I’ve had torn relationships with blenders in the past. They always make promises to accomplish goals, then barely put in any effort to get them done. Sometimes they refuse to do anything at all, and just sit there glaring at me as they repose on the formica. The current blender I have has been exiled to the pantry – after it protested to blend ice for margaritas. But then Kristin introduced me to the Ninja. And other friends of mine had mentioned the Ninja as well; how it creates these dream-like smoothies and fantastic sauces. Was this indeed an appliance I could count on? So Kristin left the country and I got the blender.
The model I have is the Ninja Pulse. Pictured above, it comes with everything displayed, as well as a cookbook and instruction manual. I felt immediately at ease with this appliance. And then the experiments began. Pasta sauces, smoothies, and soups are the main things I use it for; although it can also be used as a coffee bean grinder and mixer. I also use it to dice onions and other vegetables into smaller morsels. The key here is not to blend it too much, or it becomes more liquified than desired. However, because of a very happy accident, I created an amazing sandwich spread: pureed onion. I was attempting to dice two white onions, and I blended it a little too heavily. I decided to make the most of my mistake, added a little water, and processed it some more. A smooth, low-calorie spread was born! Not only is it good on sandwiches, it can also be used at a thickener for soups and sauces, and as a topping for potatoes. One could add spices or Parmesan cheese to it as well, but I kept mine pure and basic. Take a look at the finished product below.
Another recipe I invented was Creamy Curry Soup. I took two broccoli stalks (sans the florets) and half a white onion. I pureed both together until it was a nice thick paste. Then, I heated up a can of cream of chicken soup. Added to this was my broccoli paste, fresh spinach leaves, two sliced avocados, a myriad of spices, and yellow curry powder. I like it spicy, so I added a lot of yellow curry, as well as cumin, chili powder, and dried cilantro. Phenomenal was the word that sprang to mind as I savored the first taste of this creation. This could also be made vegetarian easily, just substitute cream of mushroom or cream of celery for the soup. Or one could go the other direction and add chicken breast to the brew. I had mine with some fresh bread, but it would be equally good served over rice.
One smoothie recipe I love involves a banana, about a cup of frozen strawberries, six or so ice cubes, and cranberry juice. Pulsed until liquid form, this can either be consumed right away as a beverage, or put in the freezer as a chilled dessert. I haven’t done so yet, but it would be amazing with vodka or tequila added to it as well. The finished product is pictured above.
How, exactly, this is blender feng shui? Well, it falls into many categories. For one, is a multifaceted kitchen machine, so it can perform a variety of tasks. It also takes up very little space in the kitchen, thus avoiding clutter. Also, the more healthy and taste-filled food and beverages are, the more abundant and auspicious they become. It also makes eating healthy a lot easier. If I’m not in the mood to eat more nutritious items, I just chop and puree them down, and then add them to things. My vegetable intake has tripled since the Ninja came to live with me. Also, it adds a beneficial metal element to the kitchen, in both color and material. However, most kitchens are usually brimming with metal energy due to the other main fixtures in the room, such as the stove, refrigerator, and sink.
Because it is such an incredible product, the Ninja Pulse can be a little pricey. I have searched the web, and here are the best places to capture this ninja online:
- Home Depot – Available for about $80.00, with free shipping. http://www.homedepot.com/
- Buy Happier – An subsidiary of Buy.com, they also have it for $80.00, with free shipping. http://buy-happier.store.buy.com/
- Target – They also have one for $80.00 on sale, normally $90.00. Their shipping is not free, however. http://www.target.com/
I have many activities planned for The Ninja and myself. I foresee a long and blissful array of cookie dough combinations, home-made mashed potatoes, shredded zucchini browns, and dark chocolate raspberry pudding. My Ninja, you are truly a one-in-a-million appliance.