Lentil & Minted Pea Pate

lentil pea & mint pate

minted lentil & pea pate

At the yoga retreat one day we had a left over Lentil dish that I needed to use up, a pate always goes down well on a hot sunny day and is super simple and quick to make – so I decided to turn the leftover lentils into a yummy summer pate. The lentil dish that I was using was one that had been made by someone else the previous day, so Im not sure of the exact ingredients, it had some veg in it (peas & carrots) and this would have added to the taste.
Although Im not sure of the exact ingredients, I still wanted to post this recipe just to show that you really can use anything, it is so simple to make delicious new dishes out of leftovers from the following day (and a pate is probably the easiest of all) – just taste and see what you feel would be good to add.
Remember it really does not matter if it doesn’t quite work, this is how we learn how to put flavours together.  It’s all about getting to know how tastes, spices, oils, etc go together.  Enjoy tasting as you go, and relax and laugh if it all goes wrong – Im sure the dog will be most impressed with his new pate lunch!  😉

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really just have a play, taste your leftovers first and see what you have in your cupboard that could make a new and exciting dish.
For the dish in the photo I used….
Cooked Speckled Lentil leftovers
Tahini
Olive Oil
Fresh Mint Leaves
Balsamic Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Salt

If you are not sure of a lentil dish to use then have a look at this Lentil & Pea dish from one of my previous posts.  However, if you use this dish then you won’t need to add much or maybe any of the balsamic as it has quite a bit already.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with an electric hand blender.   Taste and add more of the same or add something new.
Garnish with some fresh leaves and there you go.  Simples!

Delicious Dahl and Root Veg Soup

root veg & dhal soup

root veg & dhal soup

I’m adding this delicious, simple, vegan, vegi soup recipe as a special request from Rikke who was a student at the yoga retreat some weeks ago.  She enjoyed it so much that she wanted the recipe immediately and said that it didn’t matter that I had not yet published a dahl recipe and that any old dhal will do!  So there you go.  However I shall endeavour to post a dhal recipe soonish.
So this one is for you Rikke :-)

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Sweet Potatoes 
Celeriac
Carrots
Left Over Dahl
Coconut Milk
Coconut Cream (optional)

Chop up your veg – I used more or less equal amounts of each.  Place in a large saucepan  with water, just enough to cover the veg if you like your soup thick like I do.  Simmer until the veg is soft and then add your left over dhal & coconut milk and blend until smooth.  Add a little more salt if needed and if you like your soup sweet and coconutty then add some extra coconut cream.

Raw Porridge

raw porridge

raw porridge

I got to make this delicious raw porridge for our breakfast on the days off here at the yoga retreat, it is perfect for warm days and can also be heated if you would rather a yummy hot porridge for those winter mornings.
It takes just two minutes to prepare in the evening and two minutes to complete in the morning!
This porridge is so delicious you will have trouble believing that it is also super good for you.  And, as if it needs any more benefits, oats are high in fibre and nutrients and so slow to digest, so along with the nuts and chia seeds this raw porridge breakfast will keep you full and more likely to be snack free until lunch time.

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Unsweetened Brown Rice Milk (or almond milk)
Porridge Oats 

Chia Seeds
Raisins
Almonds (chopped)
Pinch of Ginger Powder
Two Pinches Cinnamon Powder
Pinch Sea Salt

Mashed Bananas

Any other fruit – I used chopped fresh Apricots 

Place all the ingredients (except the bananas and fresh fruit) in a large bowl and cover well in which ever milk you are using – it needs to be quite liquidy at this point so that the milk can be readily soaked into the oats and chia seeds.  Give it a good stir and have a little taste now, adding more of what ever you need/like.  Cover and leave in fridge overnight to soak.
In the morning, add more milk if necessary until you reach your desired consistency, then mash the banana and stir into the porridge.
Top with your favourite fresh chopped fruit to serve.