Tomorrow, May 24, is the Feast of Saint Hermes. As you probably know, Hermes Trismegistus is the purported author of the Corpus Hermeticum, a series of sacred texts that are part of a renaissance of syncretistic and intellectualized pagan thought that took place from the 3rd to the 7th century AD. In these documents, Hermes Trismegistus instructs a perplexed disciple upon various teachings of the hidden wisdom.
In honor of Saint Hermes, why not enjoy this Lemon Cannellini Bean Bruschetta? Cannellini beans are earth of air of Mercury, and parsley is air of Mercury.
4 slices of good quality crusty bread like sourdough or ciabatta , sliced 1cm/0.5″ thick, preferably slightly stale
1 garlic clove, halved (unpeeled)
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Cannellini and Lemon Topping
1 can cannellini beans (15oz/420g)
Zest of half a lemon
1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs parsley, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
Salt and pepper
- Preheat a griddle pan or barbecue (grill side, not hotplate side) on high.
- Place bread on the barbecue or griddle pan, and cook each side until nicely toasted and golden brown with char lines. You can also toast the bread in a toaster or grill/broil.
- Remove from heat and rub the surface of the bread lightly with the garlic.
Lemon Cannellini Topping
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Mash about half the beans with a fork – leave some of the beans whole for a bit of texture.
- Taste first before seasoning with salt and pepper (saltiness of beans depends on brand).
Spread topping onto bread. Garnish with extra parsley, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve immediately.