An Apology to My Blender
As you may recall, my pre-1990 Hamilton Beach Blender was highly criticized a few weeks back. From my “Peach Chutney Salad Dressing” post, I quote, “My blender can’t handle much. If blenders all went to school together, mine would be the whiny kid that never did his work. My blender won’t crush ice . . .” My dear readers, I was wrong.
The truth is – until recently – I was unaware of how to properly crush ice in my blender. I want to let you in on a blending secret, liquid! In order to make silky-smooth, ice-cold smoothies, you need plenty of liquid to facilitate the blending process. Add your juice or milk first, and then slowly incorporate the ice, a couple of cubes at a time. You don’t need a Vita-Mix!
Once you master the art of ice crushing, you’ll be able to create the most refreshing summer drinks EVER. Since I’ve learned how to crush ice properly (less than a week ago), I’ve made a least six different frozen drinks. It’s a new obsession.
It all started with Heather’s Protein Ice Cream, maple cinnamon bliss! Next, I moved on to a chocolate version. Heaps of coco powder made my healthy drink as good as a milkshake. From there I explored my fruity options. Pineapple! MANGO! Then I came to this, the ultimate, the Tropical Papaya Smoothie.
It’s Hawaii in a glass. Papaya blends with strawberries and banana into a creamy, decadent drink. The addition of the ice keeps the smoothie from being too sweet, while also keeping the sugar in check. If you really want to enhance the experience, you can add fresh pineapple and an all-natural maraschino cherry. Now that I think of it, a fun-sized umbrella definitely wouldn’t be out-of-place.
Tropical Papaya Smoothie
A Food Network Magazine recipe, but I couldn’t find it online yet. The following is proportion of fruit that I used to make one smoothie.
1 1/2 cups cubes papaya
1/2 banana, sliced
3 extra-large strawberries
7 cubes of ice
Sliced pineapple and maraschino cherries for garnish (not really optional)
Blend the first three ingredients in your blender until completely smooth. Then, add the ice, a couple of cubes at a time. Wait before each ice addition is incorporated before adding more cubes. Garnish with the pineapple and cherries and enjoy!
F.Y.I. My hotel charges 15 dollars a day for Wi-Fi! I’m blogging from an internet cafe at the moment, but my posts will probably be irregular for the next few days. Thank you for being patient while I’m having fun on vacation.