Eggplant and butter bean dip

Who doesn’t love a good, rich, smooth spread that goes perfectly with a slice of sourdough rye. I know I DO do do. I know opinions on eggplant are divided – you either love it or hate it, but here on this blog, I’m on team eggplant. I grew up with it and love it still. Though I did now grow up with tahini – that was a love I developed later in life.

So after I got my Magimix Cook Expert and realised how easy it is to make soups now (literally effortless), I wondered what else I can use it for. Answer: plenty. Including dips and spreads. I can now cook the eggplant and puree the dip in the same bowl! Less effort, less a chance to stuff it up and less cleaning. Win win win.

Before we move onto the recipe, I want to share something funny my friend Kat sent me the other day. She’s always bugging me to slow down, take it easy, stop piling so many things on my to do list. I’m not really good at listening, so she wrote me a letter and made me an ‘Overachiever’s Sunday To-Do List‘!

All copied below 🙂

Do you have an overachieving friend or relative who struggles to do nothing? I definitely do, and honestly it’s tiring just to watch them sometimes!

‘Luckily, after years of procrastination and afternoon naps, I am now an expert in the art of being instead of doing, and I am here to help!

‘This Sunday I was horrified to see the to-do list of my gorgeous friend Chris, who not only works tirelessly running a successful small business, but also holds herself to high standards in all other areas of life.

‘After fortuitously arriving minutes too late for our morning yoga class, we sat in the grass under a shady tree and I was presented with a list of tasks that Chris wanted to achieve on this perfectly sunny Sunday, mostly housework related items that involved trips to IKEA and Bunnings, with a few work tasks thrown in.

‘As I watched the local Tai Chi group move gently through their practice, an idea started to form, and I realised that my friend desperately needed my assistance. Not to achieve her to-do list, but to have a much needed day of doing practically nothing at all!

‘I sneakily turned our trip to pick up a bookcase into an impromptu drive out to Fremantle and we had a lovely chilled out day of laziness.

‘Knowing that regret may set in for my overachieving buddy after this rare lazy time, I compiled an alternate list that could now be ticked off in a most satisfying way:

‘1. Wear exercise clothes but do not attempt to exert yourself in any way. Watching other people exercising is fine.

‘2. Find a slightly dubious free parking spot that feels to good to be true but is actually legit.

‘3. Dine at the tiniest, friendliest vegan cafe in town on bowls of delicious curry and homemade gnocchi until your belly is pleasantly full.

‘4. Visit at least 3 ice cream shops, until you find the one serving the most irresistible dairy-free options to indulge in. Savour every spoonful while people watching in the bustling town centre. Pause occasionally to discuss the solutions to the world’s problems, and to roll your eyes at attention seeking boys in their muscle cars.

5. Window shop for all the beautiful things but save your dollars for what is truly important: books and food! Find several classics from your to-read list at bargain basement prices.

‘6. Head home feeling slightly sunburnt and more than slightly sticky with sweat and ice cream.

‘7. Take a well deserved afternoon nap, you have achieved a lot today!’

How loving and funny is it?!

Now back onto the recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy cooking!

Eggplant and butter bean dip

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lemon

Steps:

  1. Add the eggplant, garlic and olive oil to the cook bowl and simmer for 35 minutes, on speed 1 A at 100C.
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Serve with your favorite bread and fresh herbs.
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