Appetizers, Snacks

White bean dip with semi-dried tomato pesto + video

September 4, 2014

white bean dip

It all started long time ago. It was somewhere during the winter when Nora from Art of Exploring asked me if I want to collaborate with her on making a video recipe. I always wanted to make video, but I don’t have skills or equipment. I love Nora’s videos and she also often takes care of our cats (thank you so much!), so of course I said yes.

First step was easy, we were looking at different videos, talking about possible approaches, that was pleasant. Second step was to meet up and that was already more difficult, it was winter, so at least twice when we were supposed to meet, we had the darkest day ever. It was hard to take a photo without a tripod. Before we knew it was spring! If you think spring weather is just awesome, you are wrong. We are based in Ireland, you will see in the video that the light changes, that is the famous Irish weather. During the afternoon we had sunny, windy, rainy, at least a few times each.

white bean dipSo is making video hard? Yes, it is. I usually make food, take a few photos wishing they’ll turn out fine and that’s it. For the video we needed to record every step. It needed to be pretty, not messy. Even though I tried to pick the simplest recipe still not everything worked as it should. It took a lot of time to record it and even more time to process it (Nora did all the hard worked, so that video wouldn’t happen without her).

white bean dip

I know the videos are the big thing, and it was great to see how Nora works, but I will not make another video unless somebody will pay me, or it will be another collaboration project, that I will do just for fun. It’s such a hard work, it takes so much time, and it’s so stressful, but… but the outcome is so cool. You can actually see our cats and have a pick into a nearby boot car sale and amazing textile stall. There is Irish blustery weather captured, all those details that are sometimes missed in the photos.

So thank you Nora, for this beautiful video and you guys tell us what you think!

White bean dip with semi-dried tomato pesto

White bean dip with semi-dried tomato pesto

Recipe adapted from Donna's Hay Magazine Issue 74

  • 2 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup milk
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • chopped flat parsley and flatbreads to serve
  • Red pesto
  • 200g semi-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 25g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 80ml walnut oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
Red pesto
Chop the semi-dried tomatoes roughly in a food processor. Put them into a small bowl and mix them with walnuts, walnut oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Bean dip
In a medium saucepan place beans, garlic, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring it to boil over a high heat. Then simmer for 10 minutes or until it reduced. Let it cool.
Blend it until smooth.
Top it with pesto and parsley. Serve with flatbreads.

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  • Reply Nora // The Art of Exploring September 4, 2014 at 15:08

    aw it sounds like i traumatised you from the whole video thing, i’m so sorry :( i blame myself and my lack of organisation/experience with shooting recipes. I do hope I’ll manage to convince you to work on another collab because I had a fun day :)
    note to self: get some lights and sort out my royalty free music library first ;)
    ps: the pictures turned out beautiful!

    • Reply Magda September 6, 2014 at 01:15

      You know, that I’m not the biggest fan of video, I barely ever watch as it’s too time consuming ;)
      You will need to get me some treats ;) Or make sure there will be more cats in it.

      • Reply Nora // The Art of Exploring September 7, 2014 at 20:34

        haha ok i will try to think of something to bribe you with as i might have an idea x ps: really enjoyed your howth post today

        • Reply Magda September 7, 2014 at 22:45

          Does it include cooking? I’m glad you liked my Howth post :) It was beautiful day.

  • Reply siobhangallagher September 4, 2014 at 19:37

    Loved the video! Your cat is too cute Magda, this dip looked lovely too, I’ll try it, it’ll be a nice change from hummus that I love! :)

    • Reply Magda September 6, 2014 at 01:16

      Siobhan, thank you. Remind me during the week and I will send you a few more recipes for dips, there was a series in Donna Hay and another on in Guardian although I do love hummus :)

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