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I'm going to make a pate using Painted Pony beans as a base. I want to add roasted walnuts, but I don't know whether basil and garlic would be acceptable to put to the dish.

  • Would this make for a bad flavor combination?
  • What further spices would you recommend incorporating?
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Well basil and garlic could fit well with the walnuts (think about pesto, basil, garlic, cheese and nuts).

With the bean paste... I don't know, I guess it depends what kind of tone you would like to give to the dish. Stated that the only way to know is to try, I would also try with nutmeg and, if you're brave, maybe even a pinch of cinnamon!

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Thanks! I can't even imagine how could cinnamon taste with other ingredients) – lexeme Dec 30 '11 at 9:25
@helicera: well, let us know if it works then! (I wouldn't go too strong with the cinnamon, anyway) – nico Dec 30 '11 at 10:15
Garlic is definitely fine with beans. I haven't encountered the combination with basil, but wouldn't worry about it, it doesn't sound like it would clash. – rumtscho Dec 30 '11 at 13:56
@rumtscho: Beans with basil are also very good, as they are with garlic and parsley. – nico Dec 30 '11 at 18:01

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