Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

St. Louis BBQ Sauce is often associated with pork, being a sweet, tangy, and slightly smokey flavoured sauce that compliments rather than overtakes the flavors of the food you're cooking.  That doesn't mean it can't be used in vegan cooking!  Vegan cooking is all about experimenting and breaking into new boundaries; what can one make that is new and unique-- something no one has ever done before?  The bounds are limitless and we truly are on the verge of a food revolution.  I don't need to tell you-- I'm sure you've seen the (obvious) vegan movement, the locavore movement, the movement towards organic, sustainable farming.  While these all exist and often complement one another, those of us in the kitchen are driven to make new and creative foods, extrapolating profiles and textures from our past lives to create our work.  This sauce is representative of that-- while it belongs to a food & culture that does not belong to the vegan world, it still offers a great chance to create new and unique vegan foods.

That said, I am an avid fan of BBQ foods, and I'm always looking for new ways to try to make veganized version of said foods.  I continually keep homemade BBQ sauces in the fridge and I'm always buying new ones during our trips around the country.  This is my favorite version of a St. Louis BBQ sauce-- I've eliminated the watery-ness of the sauce-- the only reason I'd find a need for it is if I were grilling large batches-- but for my purposes, I don't find it necessary.   In my experiences, watery BBQ sauces are always ultimately messy BBQ sauces, but if you'd like to water it down, all this needs is 1 cup of water and you're good to go!

 2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp light agave nectar

Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat.  Mix thoroughly, and simmer for 1 hour.  Allow to cool down and place in your favorite bottle or container.

No comments:

Post a Comment