Homemade Sunflower Seed Pate
As a child, I basically lived off toast with different spreads. It was usually cream cheese, nutella or plum jam. But I also used to really love this chicken pate. I am a little disgusted to admitted it now, because just the idea of chicken blended together to make a paste is enough to make me want to vomit. Actually I was never really comfortable with eating animals in a paste. So the last few times I went to Romania I was so thrilled to find vegetable pate instead, it was delicious! Even more delicious than the chicken one. I loved it so much I used to get my auntie to send me packages of the stuff all the way to Australia. And then one day, I decided to read the ingredients. And then I never ate it again. Mostly because it was made of GM soy and a whole bunch of taste altering ingredients, and a very very long chemical list. So the logical next step is to make your own. Now I am not going to lie, this does not taste anything like the pates I was used to but it’s similar enough to fill the void if I ever feel like a pate again. Plus it’s an awesome way to eat more sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds are in the top best ten best foods for vitamin E which is very important for a healthy heart and also great skin, copper which is essential for iron absorption for all those anaemic ladies out there and vitamin B1 which is great for mood and energy.
P.S. I’m adding a few more photos from Romania 🙂
|Homemade Sunflower Seed Pate|| |
- 1 ½ cups sunflower seeds - soaked
- 4 medium carrots – grated
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 TBSP good quality vegetable stock powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- 1 TBSP tomato paste
- Begin by soaking your sunflower seeds over night
- With the grating adjustment grate your carrots straight into your food processor
- Add all other ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and well combined.
- Adjust all seasoning to taste
- Spread over crusty sourdough bread or enjoy as a dip or with crackers.