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Aug 6, 2009

FOODIE FRIDAY - AJI SAUCE

Foodie Friday is brought to you by Designs by Gollum and as always will be filled with delicious foodie facts, recipes and run. Stop in to see the many different foodie items.

On Wednesday afternoon I went with a friend to a farmer's market. We stopped in at Darvonda Nursery first to visit Tamara from The Greenhouse Diaries and she gave us the most wonderful tour. I will save that for another post. Back to the market.

Chilli peppersImage via Wikipedia


One of the booths at the market was for a product called Aji. This is pronounced AH HEE and is a Latin American word for all hot peppers. Traditionally it is used at every meal in moderation and is considered a digestive aid.

The booth was being run by the woman who mixes up this particular product from her own recipe and a young man who was offering tastings. He was so delightful. I think he thought I would eat all his samples. I did try everything they had and bought a jar of three of the four different sauces.

First I had the guacamole mixed with the regular Aji sauce. It was so very good. Did you know if you leave the avocado pit in the bowl of guacamole it won't brown as much? Me neither.

Then I tried the Honey Garlic sauce and my mouth did back flips. I love this so much. It can be used as a marinade or a sauce on top of chicken, fish or maybe pork tenderloins.
The Aji Hot is more to my liking than the regular one used in the guacamole so I bought that one. We all love our food spicy, spicy spicy here.
The last one I bought was the BBQ sauce. Not like your usual bbq sauce though. It isn't a ketchupy (not a word, I know) type sauce but more like a salsa with a smoky bbq taste.
This is a Canadian company that started in fall of 2005. They have been slowly making their way into the foodie type shops locally and I think they really do have a great product and I am a fussy one. Here is the link to their site @ Aji Gourmet Products. The product pictures are from their site. Oh ya, I almost forgot to mention the only calories are from the vegetables.

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21 comments:

susan said...

I am not a fan of hot food, but everyone else in my family is! I think think the garlic/honey sauce sounds good. Congrats on your award!

Bill said...

Thanks for another fun, interesting, informative post! I'd never heard that about leaving the avocado pit in the guac to keep it from browning ... have to try that!

susan said...

ps--Glad you noticed and liked the music. I had fun remembering the "Fifth Dimension" era!

Lynn said...

Maybe it's because it's what you say when you eat the hot peppers, "Aahh-Hee!!!!!"
I'd like to try some of that garlic honey.
I can't imagine what it would taste like.

Florida Sue said...

Yes congratulations on another award Lucy. You are a good commenter and purveyor of fine posts. These sauces sound really good, although I am also a wimp in the hot stuff department.

XOLucy

Shirley said...

I don't do "hot" but I know a couple guys that would just love this!!
Shirley

Jane said...

OoOOh I love me some chile peppers!!

How funny you posted this...I just did a search on how to make your own crushed red peppers & was looking for a different relleno recipe this morning!

I can put a hurting on chile peppers..but then again, they tend to reciprocate!

What a fun place go got to visit - I'm jealous!!

The Desperate Cook said...

Hubs loves anything hot, but lately his stomach just doesn't feel so great when he eats peppers. Isn't it fun going to the markets. We usually go every other weekend to get our fresh vegetable, but since the gardens are in, we have been buying from a farmer close to us.

Carrie said...

Yum! Sounds spicy and yummy.

Tammy518 said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'll bring the sangria if you bring the guacamole and we'll go boating!

Those dips sounds delish. I may have to order some of the Aji sauces. Nice tip about leaving the pit in a bowl of guacamole.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

We're big fans of spicy foods too...love the sound of honey garlic sauce! Here in Ft Worth they have a ZestFest every year w/ lots of vendors w/ spicy foods, samples...it's lots of fun! It'll be here in September...I should do a post on it.

lindalee said...

See what I'm learning here...a new work..aji. I'm going on vacation for a week, so if you don't hear from me....you know I am having WiFi issues....again.

Louise | UPrinting said...

As much as I enjoy eating, I don't think I'd be able to enjoy those Aji peppers. I'm not really into spicy food. And if I ever do eat spicy food, I go for the mild ones. Just something with a little paprika or cumin is fine. But this one... a no-no. I can't even stand JalapeƱo. T_T

Jeanne said...

I like some spicy food but I would hesitate to buy a hot sauce I couldn't try first. You are convincing though. I am sure it is good, just not my taste. I know some of my family who will love it though. That may be a reason to get some. Possibly a gift idea. :)

Hugs...Jeanne

Jeanne said...

Hot and spicy might be a fun personality trait but that's not me nor do I fancy eating spicy food. Big smile here. Garlic honey sounds like something I would try though. An interesting product for sure. I wish them success.

Hugs...Jeanne

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Where did you go to get this, which market? Not the WR one was it? Oh yum!

I had to think hard where I took that Chocolate Cosmo photo yesterday. There were over 400 photos taken by that little workhorse yesterday, and we went everywhere. It was at prickly pear nursery in Steveston. Run, they had lots. You can save the tuber for next year, and replant it again.

Jen

Kathleen said...

Sue calls you Lucy, she must be Ethel?? LOL
No hot stuff here, Irish..easy on the spices, pile on the potatoes!
Have a great weekend!

heartnsoulcooking said...

I live in New Mexico and yes it's chile time. We are starting to see fresh chile in the stores. My family loves the medium hot. Geri

darnold23 said...

I hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com this week. Mr. Linky is up and ready for you.

K187 said...

I'm not a hot person either but believe me.... This Aji is for everyone!!

B.Locke said...

Hi all, don't feel apprehensive about this stuff. You can find them at a market and test it out first (every flavour if you wish! and their wonderful guacamole too!), but I assure you that you WILL buy a bottle before you leave!

I found their calendar of events here: http://ajigourmetproducts.com/showsnevents.aspx

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