Food wastage is becoming a growing problem in Singapore. According to National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore wasted more than 680,000 tonnes of food in 2015. To be honest, I too am guilty of contributing to the figures.
Whenever my favourite fruits are in season (I have an addiction for berries), I cannot help myself but overbuy, bringing home at least four five punnets. The unfortunate thing is berries do get spoilt quite easily. So, instead of letting the berries rot in the fridge, I’d pop them in a Ziploc bag and stuff them into the freezer. Frozen berries are fantastic for cakes and muffins. However, I use them mostly for my morning smoothie.
My morning is always a rush – smoothie is my go-to breakfast as it is easy to prepare. If you worry about having to wash up some big blender, you won’t have such worries with the Ferrano BlendExpress. BlendExpress is compact and takes up very little counter space. This beautifully designed blender comes with a 400ml and 600ml bottle (both of which are bisphenol-A (BPA)-free) – this means all I need to do is fill the bottle with my favourite fruits and vegetables, and blend away. Once the smoothie is done, I simply need to cover the bottle with its accompanying flip cap and insulating sleeve (to keep it nice and cool) and I can run off to work. No mess and no cleaning up.
The BlendExpress, of course, is not just for smoothie. This tiny powerhouse features two-paired blades which are angled upward and downward, creating a whirlpool effect, blending ingredients smoothly with speed. This makes it great for soups, marinade, sauces and many more.
My latest experiment is to test how great the blades (and the motor) are; I made the classic Italian pangrattato, also lovingly known as poor man’s Parmesan. This dish makes use of stale bread and a few pantry staples, creating a crunchy yet delicious topping which you can sprinkle onto your favourite pasta or noodles.
Berry Merry Smoothie
This is the easiest smoothie you are going to make. You only need a cup to help your measure the ingredients.
1 cup of your favourite fruits (I love the combination of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry.)
1 cup of coconut water (if you are using plain yoghurt, ½ cup will do.)
1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
Using the 600ml bottle, add in the fruits, coconut water and honey (optional). Cover the bottle with the blade base.
Using the pulse mode, give the ingredients a good whizz four to five times until everything is blended.
Remove the blade base and replace it with the flip cap, and you can run to the office.
The key to this dish is stale bread. If your bread is on the fresh side, toast it for a few minutes before you put it in the blender.
64g of (stale) bread, cut them into small pieces
2 cloves of garlic
4 filet of anchovies
Zest of 1 lemon
A handful of your favourite herbs (I like sweet basil. You can use rosemary and thymes.)
1 tablespoon of oil from the canned anchovies
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Using the 400ml bottle, add in the cut bread, garlic, anchovies, lemon zest, herbs and one tablespoon of anchovy oil.
Give the ingredients a good 45-second whizz. To ensure an even mix, you might need to shake the bottle while blending.
Once the ingredients are finely blended, place a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. As the pan gets warm, add in one tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is heated, add in the blended bread crumbs, and toast it for five minutes while shaking the pan occasionally. You know it is done when the bread crumbs turn golden brown.
You can add the pangrattato on your favourite pasta or risotto.
If you have a small kitchen space, and need a helping hand with creating dishes (from your leftovers), the Ferrano BlendExpress is your best bet. It is easy to use, no major clean-up and it is one pretty blender (did I mention it comes in three colours?).
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