A pinky purple veggie/ raw pate that will get your taste buds zinging and brighten up any happy plate.
The wind is howling outside, probably smashing our poor little runner beans and sunflowers. I can’t bring myself to go out and check them. Its the worst possible weather for our newly planted veggies and flowers. We are hoping they’ll tough it out. We need cheering up with some vibrant food and colours. Thankfully we got out hands on some delicious organic beetroots and already had a batch of sunflower seeds sprouting, so the combination seemed logical (and tasty).
We are eating alot of salad, as you would imagine being raw this month (rabbit food we are regularly told. Lucky rabbits!) but like to have something a little different on the side. Another texture to compliment the crunch of the salad, this pate is perfect for that.
It has a light texture, but is full of flavour and I imagine would be great spread on toast (like the other livery stuff). We have added hazelnuts to the recipe in the past, which gives it a fuller texture and richness.
We use Blodyn Aur rapeseed oil here because it is delicious and from Wales. It has a lovely nutty and buttery flavour that is totally unique. It also contains 11 times the amount of omega oils compared to olive oil. If you are in the U.K., keep your eyes peeled for it. It’s a star. You could however use a good quality olive oil or flax seed oil.
We seem to be using alot of jars with this new diet change. Having been saving them for so long, I’m glad to get some use out of them. They are ideal for shaking up and storing dressings and this pate will keep for a couple of days refrigerated in a jar. They also happen to look much cooler than a clunky tupperware! That rustic look that is very fashionable in our hamlet.
Makes one large jar
3 small beetroots, 2 carrots, 1 stick of celery, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 courgette, handful of parsley, 1 small red onion, 1 cup sprouted sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp rapeseed oil (olive oil is fine), 1 big handful of black olives (de-stoned), juice and zest (finely chopped) of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp tamari, 2 tsp cumin, 1 red chilli, 3 cloves garlic.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until a smooth paste is formed. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times, to ensure that all is blended nicely.
Finish with another glug of oil and some chopped parsley and sunflower seeds. Great as a side dish, or as a dip. You may also like to spread it thickly on things that you like.
We Love It!
It packs so many nutrients and flavours into one little paste.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of nutrition, a really concentrated food. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
Sprouted sunflower seeds are full of iron and chlorophyll which helps to detoxify the liver and blood. They also contain the wonderfully named, phytosterols, which act like a superhero all over the body, battling all sorts of nasties.
PS – Here’s a gratuitous shot of our morning bowl of happiness bathed in a few rare and cherished rays of sunshine: