Ginger Beer BBQ

As bloggers, we do a lot of research to come up with new, interesting items to eat and share. When we saw this “ginger beer pulled pork“, it seemed like the perfect recipe to veganize this month. It’s different than our beloved Carolina barbecue with the added cumin and the ginger beer flavor. Serve on a pita or soft rolls, and don’t forget a tangy slaw.


2 20-oz cans jackfruit (in brine) [we bought these for $1.50 each at an Asian market]
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 onion, diced
1/2 TBL hot paprika
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cayenne (or less, depending how spicy you like things)
1/2 TBL ground pepper
1/2 tsp smoke salt (regular salt would work)
1 tsp German mustard
1 TBL apple cider vinegar
1 TBL ketchup
1 TBL vegan Worchestershire sauce
1 TBL ginger, minced
1 cup ginger beer
1-2 tsp olive oil
extra water

Rinse and squeeze the jackfruit. Add jackfruit and rinsed/drained beans to a dutch oven. Add spices and coat the “BBQ”. Add onions, mustard, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, Worchestershire sauce, ginger, and ginger beer and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium-low for 1.5-2 hours. Stir occasionally. Add more water if needed. The jackfruit should be very tender. When you’re done cooking, pull the jackfruit apart with a spoon.

Edit: We ate the slaw in the pita with bbq, drizzled with lots of tahini.

Edit 2: This was good, but Carolina bbq is better. still the jackfruit was an awesome bbq “meat”. We’ll definitely use it again.

Adapted from Raspberri Cupcakes

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Singapore Noodles with Tofu

Sometimes you create a dish and it tastes good, but it’s not what you envisioned. For example, this delicious curry noodle stir fry was intended to be the perfect vegan Singapore Noodles. Instead, we created a really good weeknight dish, with brown rice vermicelli, pan fried tofu, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, garlic, jalapeno, curry, Bragg’s, and of course, fresh ginger.

We’ll try this one again soon and repost with a recipe. In other news, the ginger beer is still going strong. Tonight we’ll transfer it to a bottle for the last day of fermentation. Fingers crossed!

What about you, dear bloggers, do you post recipes that you’re still trying to perfect?

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Ginger Beer Scones

The title is a mouthful, but these babies are so good, it’s worth the extra effort. As we’re doing so much gingery cooking, we considered halving the recipe to be sensible. Do not be sensible, make the whole batch and enjoy these with a hot rum toddy.

2 cups all-purpose gluten free baking mix
1 TBL baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TBL fresh ginger, grated
ΒΌ tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (soy or coconut, rice milk would probably be too thin)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4-1/3 cup ginger beer

Preheat oven to 425 F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and nutmeg together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in grated ginger with a fork. Form a well in the center and add soy milk and pumpkin. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Gradually begin to add ginger beer until there is enough to form a soft dough.

****You may not need all of the ginger beer.*** The mixture should form a soft dough, but should not be too sticky.

Prepare a heavy bottomed baking dish (such as a lasagna pan) with parchment paper.

Gently place dough on a piece of wax paper with a little flour Handle the dough as little as possible, using lightly floured hands to stop dough sticking to you, and pat the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. It may be helpful to put another piece of wax paper on top to smooth the dough. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out the scones and place them so they are just touching each other in the baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes (maybe up to 20), until golden on the top. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cover scones with a cloth until ready to serve. Best when warm, with a dash of Earth Balance.

Adapted from Raspberri Cupcakes