Broad Bean & Pea Paté

Another recipe using fresh produce from your garden because, well,  I couldn’t resist!

I’m actually cheating a little with this one, as they’re not from my garden, but from my dads. Him and his partner have such a huge veggie patch and I couldn’t be more envious. They have everything growing from potatoes, shallots and garlic, to runner beans, cauliflowers and horseradish! It’s a dreamy place to visit.

So last week I went down the bottom of their land to pinch some of their produce (well, they have plenty and couldn’t possibly eat it all – I was only helping!) I picked a bag full of broad beans, peas, a fat courgette and some rhubarb. Perfect assortment to make some tasty dinners and desserts in the kitchen with.

A few months ago, in a quirky and highly recommended café in Ipswich (Applaud Coffee), I came across Broad Bean pate on toast and thought it was phenomenal. Therefore knew exactly what I’d be attempting when I got home…

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You will need:
600-700g of Broad Beans/Peas
Handful of Mint
Handful of Corriander
Handful of Parsley
Handful of Basil
1 Clove of Garlic (crushed/chopped finely)
1 Lime
Olive Oil (good quality one!)

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Start by popping your beans outta their pods. Great fun for the first few, but does take up a lot of time and slowly gets boring! But the task has to be done!

Put them in a pan of boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes to soften.

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Whilst that’s bubblin’ away I picked some herbs from my little patch. I can’t explain how satisfying that was to have ALL of my ingredients in my cupboard or in the garden. I will eventually have more and more each year, which means less and less time in Tesco stocking up to make a recipe!

Crush your garlic and sizzle away in some olive oil in a pan. Don’t let it burn, only needs a few minutes. Then remove from heat.

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Find yourself a decent food processor and add all of your ingredients – all the herbs, the garlic, squeezed lime, cooked peas and beans.

Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a lug of olive oil. Whizz away.

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Find some containers to pop your pate into and some bread to dip with – all ready to serve. I highly recommend some prosecco and some amazing garlic and herb bread. My mouth is watering just looking back at the pictures.

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It really is super easy! Let me know if you give it a try! xo

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