Smoked Chilli Cashew Pâté. Recipe by Lunch Lady Lou. Photography/styling by Bonnie Coumbe.

Smoked Chilli Cashew Pâté. Recipe by Lunch Lady Lou. Photography/styling by Bonnie Coumbe.


Smoked Chilli Cashew Pate

I teamed up with Harris Farm to bring to you a delicious veggie filled, vegan Christmas lunch spread.

As much as I love (too much) crackling and seafood at Christmas, I love these veggie filled recipes to keep the balance and to be sure I don’t fill up before we serve my Great Aunty Dot’s Christmas pudding.

If you know me or my work, I love a good dip.

In this case we’re talking about a Pâté – but to be honest, this one is pretty much a dip because it’s plant based. Don’t be fooled though, it’s rich, deep, got some umami goodness from the tomatoes and roasted garlic. It’s absolutely delicious on some toasted baguette, sourdough or even some of my crunchy seeded crackers.

Here’s the thing with dips, they’re actually very easy to make. You can use a base recipe, which I have in my Get Your Shit Together free ebook and then go crazy with your flavours – pumpkin, eggplant, chickpea (hummus), beetroot, capsicum, broccoli, sweet potato, carrot and the list goes on but I think that covers nearly all the season we have to work with.

Dips are your way to Flavour Town, with really not much effort. You just need a few ingredients, a food processor and be ready to taste test as you go. The taste testing is important because my tastebuds are different to yours and I want your dip to be epic, with a little extra salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon or oil, you can take your dip from pretty good to A M A Z I N G.

I want your food at amazing. Nothing less and all you need is those 4 ingredients to get you there.


Check out my recipe for Smoked Chilli Cashew Pâté for a delicious vegan Christmas lunch over here on the Harris Farm blog.


Check out the rest of the Vegan Christmas recipe line up I created for Harris Farm:

I’m not sure which recipe is my favourite, but the Herb Stuffed Tomatoes have rendered a few lucky taste testers speechless. On shoot day one of the Harris Farm staff said it smelled like his mum’s cooking – which he declared was the biggest compliment he could give as she’s the best cook. I’ll take it all.

The Raw Chocolate Tart with Christmas Pudding Crumb I made and drove 6 hours to a friends house. We sat in her new house, at the kitchen table, with endless cups of tea and pieces of this cake. It’s rich and deluxe. Add some brandy or rum for a real Christmas feel, although I’ll be honest and say I’m a fan of it without the booze.


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