Yay! I remember being attracted to Jes' old blog, Cupcake Punk, because of its name and then sticking around for the awesome (not actually cupcake heavy!) recipes. I guess I lost track of her somewhere along the way, but I recently re-discovered her new blog at Eating Appalachia, where she has blossomed into almost an anthropological vegan, exploring the traditional omnivorous foods of Virginia, but cooking vegan at home. One way or another, Jes makes some delicious food.
I'm not even sure what drew me to these beans, (okay, probably the beer) because I never liked baked beans as a kid, but they were delicious. They are sweet and slightly spicy, and surprisingly have a good amount of flavor of the beer still in them. They do take a fair amount of time to prepare, but I spent a lazy Monday with them, and here they be, totally worth it.
The black blur on the left there is my cat, who was also very attracted to the scent of the dinner.
Baked beans need a cool side to go with them, so I prepared a fennel-cabbage coleslaw. ALSO! The weird bread roll looking things in the bowl with the beans (on top of some spinach cuz I gotta have some greens) are baked seitan sausages, using some leftover beer-bean broth! They came out...weird, so I'm not going to share the recipe, haha. I mean, they were okay but super spongy. I guess I didn't realize how much the beer would make the sausages expand in the oven. It's okay, though; they were kind of an afterthought and an experiment because the bean broth was so flavorful.
Maybe I should have just followed another delicious-sounding Jes recipe (jesipe?) for Roasted Pepper Sausages. Next time.