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Cooking Outside My Comfort Zone

Published March 6, 2014 by Storm

Less laze for a more interesting lunch

I admit it, I’m lazy about lunches. Typically I buy something at work to eat that day and the next, a tub of fresh soup and some nice bread or a packet of oatcakes and something to accompany them. This approach is lighter on my pocket than a daily trip to the sandwich shop would be but I always feel that if I could just get myself a little more organised I could spend less and have the satisfaction of something I’d made myself. It seemed to me that the challenge was to find lunch options that looked interesting enough to motivate me to try them, this week I came across one.

Aubergine Tahini Pâté

In The Book of Vegetarian Cooking by Ted Smart I came across this pâtè recipe which sounded similar to the Baba Ganoush I sometimes buy to go with my oatcakes. Given that I’d buy Baba Ganoush more often if it was less expensive I decided this had to be tried. As often seems to be the case, something I’d assumed would be fiddly turned out to be incredibly easy, basically bake the aubergine and then peel it and purée with the rest of the ingredients. I was pleased before I even subjected it to the taste test as, for around the same price as the Baba Ganoush I usually buy, I had about three times the volume of pâté. Tasting it I was pretty happy too, eating my way through this is going to be no hardship at all. I actually like the consistency more than that of my usual bought option, mine is less wet. The flavour isn’t quite as nice as that of the Baba Ganoush, I’d like a little more lemon and less garam masala or possibly different spices; I’ll take a cheeky look at what I buy and then have a play with the recipe. I will make this again.

5 out of 5 for ease of making

3.5 out of 5 for flavour


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