26 November 2015

Easy Spicy Black Bean Pâté (dairy free & vegan)

I came up with the recipe for this spicy bean pâté a couple of years ago. I was stuck for something to put on a sandwich for Graham that wasn't hummus. He would soon have hummus coming out of his ears, he was eating so much of it.

I know we eat a mostly vegan diet, but Cooper and I fall back on cheese or eggs if I'm stuck for ideas as we're still vegetarian. It can be hard work sometimes thinking up a vegan alternatives. Most of the time it's a breeze, but sometimes when I'm super tired it's a challenge.

This pâté can be whizzed up in a food processor or blender in seconds and it's such a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin B1, folate and iron as well as lots of other goodies. Oh and it tastes pretty wonderful. A thick, velvety texture and a rich spicy flavour. Graham loves it!

I make this pâté in my Froothie 9200a Power Blender. I know I haven't mentioned it for a while, but it's still my kitchen hunk and I'm still using it every day for EVERYTHING!!! Well almost! Just throw the ingredients in, whizz, then when you're finished it's washed in seconds, it really is the BEST KITCHEN GADGET EVER!!!!

If you've ever been tempted to buy a Froothie power blender, BUY ONE NOW!!  They are at the lowest prices ever right now,  from now until Sunday night. The 9400, my first love (the one with the dial) is down from £399 to £299 and it's worth every penny.

In the run up to Christmas use it to make smoothies every morning to ward off all the bugs and viruses, then at Christmas use it to make quick soups, sauces, dressings, custard, curd and for whipping up cream in a flash.

At New Year set it to work making this glorious pâté to serve on baby bruschetta or oatcakes, then blitz it with some soapy water and minutes later you'll be making homemade sorbet and ice cream, followed by cocktails.

Be good to yourself this Christmas. Go on! 

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Easy Spicy Black Bean Pâté
A rich velvety pâté made with black beans. Made in minutes, but it will sit happily in the fridge for a few days in an airtight container and the flavour gets better and better. Great for the festive season, served on oat cakes or thick slices of bread toasted and rubbed with a cut clove of garlic.
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, rinsed well
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ - 1 tsp chilli powder (more if you like things spicy)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp porridge oats
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Drain and rinse the black beans.2. Juice the lemon.3. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and whizz4. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: makes 1 generous tub of pate

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23 November 2015

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (23 November 2015)

Hi everyone, it's Monday again so time for another round of Meat Free Monday and I have seven droolworthy recipes to see you through the week as well as a few bonus recipes.

I don't have much to tell you about my week.

I've been feeling pretty exhausted after having the flu, but I've been thinking about Christmas and trying to get the house back in order.

Our front door lock broke on Thursday, we thought we might have needed a new door as it's double glazed. The locksmith actually groaned when he saw it, but he managed to fix it.  We are now £70 lighter, but it could have been much worse.

Oh and we had snow on Saturday night, but it's all gone now.

That's it another exciting week in the Meldrum household.

So on to the recipes. Do stop by and say hi to some of the bloggers who have shared their tasty recipes with us this week.


Veggie Desserts


Cheesey Spinach, Mushroom and Potato Crust Pie
Foodie Quine


Warm Butternut Squash, Harissa and Halloumi Salad
Easy Peasy Foodie


Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
Tin and Thyme


Vegan Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine
Tinned Tomatoes


Whisky Portobello Mushrooms Burgers
The Tofu Diaries

Bonus recipes:

Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Thinly Spread
Vegetarian Croque Madame Muffins - Only Crumbs Remain
Warm Spicy Soba Noodles - Easy Cooking with Molly
Easy Asian Style Broccoli - A Virtual Vegan

Thanks to everyone who contributed a recipe.

If you're a blogger and would like to be featured next week. Link up your veggie or vegan (main course) recipe to this post and add your post to the linky below (one per blog). If you're a reader, tune in next Monday for another seven delicious veggie and vegan recipes to help you plan your week.