Alright, so you know what summer is, even if some of you had forgotten what it was due it’s late arrival, but what is the Ninja Master? Allow me to explain…
The Ninja is the perfect summer kitchen gadget, ideal for creating dips such as salsa and hummus and cutting veggies for salads. The latest offering is our Today’s Special Value, launching at midnight on Thursday at a fantastic price. It’s great for chopping food that you don’t want to touch such as onions, chillies and garlic, and gives excellent results. It chops the vegetables finely and evenly straight into the pot, preventing any smells getting on your fingers or into your eyes.
Ninja’s four-blade technology system teamed with its 500-watt motor and pulse technology, speeds up the laborious task of food preparation so you can get to the fun part and start cooking sooner. It makes smoothies in seconds, milkshakes in minutes and, with many of us hosting summer gatherings, it will be great for making cocktails with crushed ice, too! It’s unbelievably easy to use and includes a processing plastic bowl with measurements marked on the side, it’s BPA-free and has a non-slip bottom for stability. Being very compact (35cm x 18cm x 19cm) it takes up hardly any space on your work surface and in your cupboards. There are three colours to choose from – red, black and cream – meaning it will fit in with any kitchen.
I’ve had a Ninja in my kitchen for some years now, which I bought as a Today’s Special Value. I use it often. I’ve been playing around with Friday’s offering and have whipped up a couple of favourites. I thought I’d share my recipes with you, but bear in mind that I like mine with a fiery kick – if you don’t, then just leave out the hot stuff!
Making ‘Huntley Hot Hummus’ is so quick and easy. All you need is:
- 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 100ml of tahini
- 2 cloves of garlic (just remove the outer skin, the ninja will chop it for you)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
- 2 tbsp water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
Throw all the ingredients except the olive oil and paprika into the ninja. Pulse until you get the desired consistency. I like a smooth hummus so I did a few more pulses than if I was going for a chunkier mix. Spoon into a dish, drizzle the olive oil over and sprinkle the paprika on top. That simple!
You can serve with anything you like, but I toasted some organic rye bread made with pumpkin seeds and cut them into strips for dipping.
Now this next one has some bite and is probably not best eaten before a first date due to the onion and garlic, haha! Not to mention the effect a kick of hot spices can create!
- 6 tomatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves of garlic (outer skin removed)
- Juice of half a lime
- 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes or 1 fresh green or red chilli
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of salt
So easy. Just put all of the above into the Ninja and pulse. Be warned though, the Ninja is very powerful so if you want a very chunky mix I suggest doing a quick pulse then lift the lid to redistribute the ingredients a little each time so it doesn’t over blend. Repeat until you’re happy with the chunkiness.
Here I’ve used the salsa as a kind of saucy base on top of rye bread and then topped it with some avocado for a quick and healthy meal. You might want to add prawns or chorizo. You could also use the salsa as a lighter, spicier version of pasta sauce. I’d suggest adding a couple of tablespoons of tomato puree for a little added zing. I then store the rest in my Lock & Lock containers – perfect for freezing or heating up my wares.
Here’s hoping you’re enjoying some of the sunshine we’ve had. My Dyson AM09 Hot & Cool Quiet Bladeless fan has been a godsend at night in my house. Not that I’m complaining about the heat, after all we have waited a long time for its arrival!
Take good care and see you soon on the old goggle box.