Saturday, September 03, 2011

I call this Nut Pate

But it's not really just nuts, it's more like nut, seed and garlic pate.
This has been a favourite of mine for about 20 years, going back to when I was a pretendy vegetarian. ( I didn't eat red meat or pork for around 15 years) 
Anyway, I got the recipe from the chef on an old fishing boat that had been converted to a dive boat. A group of us went diving, way up the west coast of Scotland in the most horrendous weather ever. I do have very fond memories of the 'lock-in' at the MishNish on Tobermory though, but that's a totally different story!
We ate very well on the boat and I think most of us came away with this recipe.

2 cups cashew nuts
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste.
Garlic (in my younger, more adventurous days I was known to put in around 8 cloves - this just about blew everyone's heads off. Now I put in 2 and it's enough. You can just put in however much you like.)

Put the seeds, garlic (chopped) and nuts into a blender and blend.

Add one cup of veg stock, salt and pepper and blend again.Then add some hot water - about half to one cup until mixture is sort of globby.
Let cool. It will set a little.

Now I realise that this doesn't sound that spectacular, but it is totally delicious and so simple.
Especially yummy on buttered toast.


  1. Yum! I definitely will put this on our fall snack schedule... Perfect.

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. Ooooooooooooooooh yum! Thanks!

  3. Oh yes, I have been know to pop out eyeballs with the amount of garlic I like to use in a dip. Now this one looks fabulous, I never eat nuts and seeds but this might be one way to get them into the boys and I.

    I am going to give it a garlic hot try!

  4. Lots of garlic for me please. This sounds delicious. Served with whole wheat pita yum , how healthy is that!!!

  5. Very noice, Laura! will definitely try that. I made a hummous with butter beans yesterday and can still taste the garlic!


  6. This looks amazing. I can't wait to have a go at making it. Yum.

  7. I am missing something ...when do you add the garlic at the begining or at the end of the blending? I am so going to try this. I am really in making to spreads this year.

  8. Sorry Joy, it just goes in with the nuts and seeds - just at the same time.

  9. Loving this one Laura. I've shared it over on the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee on the Frugal Kiwi cause I can't keep all this goodness to myself! Post at


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