I do like to spread a pate on sandwiches at teatime, but shop bought pates do seem to me to be expensive, and it is so easy to make your own. Of course making your own means that you can adjust ingredients and or quantities to suit your taste.
What follows is a basic recipe that you can tinker with, adding chili, spices, mushrooms, or vegetables such as red and yellow peppers, as it takes your fancy.
1 tin/can 454 gm/1 lb of cooked soy beans or any other beans to hand (in fact I used a tin of kidney beans as I did not have soy beans).
1 small onion sliced finely
25 gm/1 oz/ 1/4 cup butter or oil
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 tablespoons of chopped olives, green or black
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
2 or 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs for thickening.
1 dessert spoon of dried parsley
1 dessert spoon dried oregano
salt and pepper
In a small pan soften the onion in the butter or oil for 5 minutes or so.
Drain the beans and put them in a small mixing basin. add the onions, tomato puree, olives, sesame seeds and herbs and using a processor or stick blender reduce to a smooth paste.
Taste and adjust the seasoning to your requirements.
Now add 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, blending them into the mixture, adding more to reach a desired consistency.
Put into small jars pushing well down into the corners.
Keep one jar in the fridge and this should be eaten within a week. The other jars should be put into the freezer where they will keep for 6 months or so.