Jon’s Chicaoji Salmon Tagine

Here’s a recipe for Salmon Tagine from Jon P. over in Texas.

“Coat salmon generously with Chicaoji and let marinate for 30-60 mins. Do this on the counter to let the fish come to room temp, but if you go longer than 30 mins you might want to do it in the fridge for the first while and then take it out.

Ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1-3 medium Shallots, (depending on size) finely chopped
  • Couple cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Pinch of saffron, ground in mortar & pestle
  • 4-6 small or 2 large preserved lemons (removing any seeds!), coarsely chopped

Into stovetop tagine,

  1. add oil and heat on medium flame,
  2. add shallots, sautéd half until clear
  3. Add crushed garlic and continue cooking on low heat for a couple of minutes
  4. Grind a large pinch of saffron in a mortar & pestle and mix well into shallot/garlic mix and keep cooking on low
  5. Add preserved lemons
  6. Cover with tagine lid and let whole mixture cook on low heat for another 15-20 mins
  7. Let stand until you are ready to cook fish (I usually make this first and then reheat to temp for fish once I’m ready to cook and serve)
  • Heat tagine with mixture in it to just slightly higher than medium heat.
  • Once things are sizzling immediately add fish, skin side up, so that non-skin side is directly on top of the mixture and cover.
  • Let cook for 4 minutes, then
  • flip fish so skin is down, moving as much of the shallot/lemon mixture to the top of the fish,
  • cover and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let stand another few minutes—this sort of depends on how thick the fish is!! I generally choose pretty thick pieces and then let stand another 3-5 mins.”

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Megan’s Chicaoji Cream Sauce

Megan from Lopez Island shared this recipe and I’ve quoted her below:

“So the original recipe I found online but used different ingredients of course so I changed it and ran with the change bc I loved it sooooo much!!! so I can only take credit for my version of it but yes you may use my name if you would like, thank you for asking.

I call it

Chicaoji Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Chicaoji
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk

I know that all sounds soo odd together but it’s amazing. I make a full jar of it anytime I make it so I double if not more that recipe. Also, I don’t measure it out anymore. But it’s easy to tweak if you like it spicer or sweeter or more tang just adjust each portion as the individual prefers.
Hope that all makes sense.

I use it on veggies (both as a dip or drizzle), on salmon (plain or teriyaki), on chicken, in wraps or sandwiches, on my egg breakfast sandwiches or burritos. I just love it on everything!!!!
Hope you enjoy it!!! I’d love to hear what you think if you try it.”

I shared Megan’s recipe in the Chicaoji Newsletter so she received her free 12 oz bottle of Chicaoji.

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup provides the sweetness to balance the tart apple cider vinegar. I decided to make Maple Chicaoji Sauce because many people prefer maple syrup to agave syrup.

I use Maple Valley Cooperative maple syrup. You may not be able to detect a flavor difference between maple and agave versions because the goji berries, cacao, and smoky chipotles dominate the flavor and aroma.

Here’s link to the Chicaoji order page.

Cacao is the “Good For You” Part of Chocolate

A devoted chocolate lover will always be sure to tell you about the health benefits of their favorite sweet treat. “It’s full of antioxidants, it’s good for your heart and it prevents cognitive decline,” one will say while shoveling down a box of chocolate truffles. Like lovers of red wine, chocolate addicts have a myriad of scientific studies to back up their claims, the collection of research into cacao suspiciously disproportionate to less delicious foods.

Cacao pods growing on Cacao tree.
Cacao pods growing on Cacao tree.

Chocolate lovers are right, in a way. At the heart of every bar of chocolate there indeed lies an ingredient with many proven health benefits. The problem is, the cacao bean is usually so overwhelmed by the milk, sugar and other ingredients that are added to chocolate that it has little room left to do its good work in your body. Knowing this, many people wisely opt for dark chocolate because it has more cacao beans and less milk and sugar.

Fresh cacao pods cut open to show the cacao seeds.
Fresh cacao pods cut open to show the cacao seeds.

Chicaoji takes cacao bean purity a step further by using the raw cacao and nothing else. The cacao ‘nibs’ in Chicaoji are cacao beans that have been broken into smaller pieces. These nibs taste somewhat bitter on their own, but when they are blended with sweet agave nectar, they impart a flavor that chocolate lovers will recognize well. Using raw cacao beans in Chicaoji allows us to share some of the nutrient dense compounds in cacao that have fueled chocolate’s good reputation.

Fresh cacao seeds just removed from the cacao pod.
Fresh cacao seeds just removed from the cacao pod.

Here are a few of the reasons we use raw cacao:

  • Cacao beans are widely considered to be the best source of antioxidants, easily overtaking antioxidant-rich foods like green tea and blueberries.
  • A bitter-tasting compound in cacao beans called epicatechin has so many health benefits that some researchers say it should be considered a vitamin. Epicatechin is usually removed from processed cacao because of its intense flavor.
  • The polyphenols and magnesium found in cacao are both good for heart health.
  • Cacao is a natural anti-depressant, promoting a positive mood with safe doses of dopamine, serotonin, tryptophan and phenylethylamine.
Raw cacao seeds are fermented in boxes to remove the natural coating from the seed pod.
Raw cacao seeds are fermented in boxes to remove the natural coating from the seed pod.
Floor drying cacao seeds using hand tools.
Floor drying cacao seeds using hand tools.

P.S.

I want to thank Alia O’Connell for helping me compose this blog article. I very much enjoy her style of writing. She does a great job of ordering my jumbled thoughts and ideas. I made only a couple of edits for emphasis. Alia is available to help you with your needs for well-composed English.
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Photo credits go to Pacari. I used images from their website for this post.

If you know that food is medicine, then you understand Chicaoji.
Thank you for reading the Chicaoji blog!
Randall

 

Chicaoji is Sweet and Complete with Agave Nectar

Loaded with a full spectrum of flavors, Chicaoji can satisfy any type of food craving that you may have be it spicy, salty, tangy or sweet. If you’re looking to delight your sweet tooth without making it ache, the subtle sweetness of Chicaoji won’t disappoint. Chicaoji’s sweet spot is derived from agave nectar, a natural sweetener that is made from the blue agave plant of central Mexico.

Chicaoji_Photo_Blue agave_public domain image

Agave nectar is a rather new type of sweetener that has gained a lot of popularity thanks to public demand for sugar alternatives. In the late 1990s, agave farmers who would have otherwise used the green desert plant to make tequila began manufacturing sweet agave nectar from the plant’s core. Though modern agave nectar is more syrup-like, the native Aztecs have been flavoring their foods with sweet “honey water” obtained from the agave plant for thousands of years.

In a market teeming with alternative sweeteners, agave nectar has stood out in the crowd for a number of reasons. First, agave nectar has a fantastic and complex flavor that does a lot more than just provide a hint of sweetness. Because agave nectar is slightly sweeter than sugar, you don’t have to use as much of it in your morning tea, coffee or smoothie. With a consistency that is silkier than honey, agave nectar blends easily into sauces, stir-fries and salad dressings.

While agave nectar is highly regarded for its rich but subtle flavor, the sweetener is also valued for its low glycemic index. People who are diabetic or overweight choose agave nectar to sweeten their foods because it has low levels of glucose and measures a relatively low score of 32 on the glycemic index. In fact, agave nectar has a lower glycemic index than honey, another popular natural sweetener.

Another reason agave nectar is a superior sweetener is that it is a raw and organic food. After the sap is extracted from the agave plant, enzymes are added in the same way that a bee uses enzymes to produce honey. The agave nectar remains at a low temperature (under 118°F) during the entire production process, unlike maple syrup, which is boiled. People on a strictly raw food diet can incorporate agave nectar into a variety of different raw recipes.

Agave nectar going into blender at Chicaoji Central.
Agave nectar going into blender at Chicaoji Central.

We use organic raw blue agave syrup from GloryBee to add a touch of sweetness and agave flavor to Chicaoji. The light agave nectar sweetens the raw cacao nibs, providing a subtle “chocolaty” taste that is a key component of Chicaoji’s greatness. Indulge your love of sweet things without the sugar by flavoring your foods with Chicaoji, and create your own sweet recipes with blue agave nectar from GloryBee retail website.

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Enjoy your Chicaoji!!
Randall Waugh

Smoky Chipotles Turn Up the Heat

What began as a simple friendship between cacao nibs and goji berries became something extraordinary when smoky chipotles stepped onto the scene. Chicaoji certainly wouldn’t have become the chief condiment in the cabinet without the spicy heat provided by its boldest ingredient. As the only part of Chicaoji that cannot be considered totally raw, smoky chipotles bring the zing and carry the fire.

Many people don’t know that chipotles are actually ripened jalapeño peppers that have been dried over wood smoke. If jalapeños are allowed to mature, their well-known green coloring gives way to a deep red. The Aztecs in Mexico smoke dried these red peppers as a way of preserving them before the advent of refrigeration. Necessity birthed delicious invention, and smoky chipotles have remained a staple in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisine.

The smoky chipotles that we use in Chicaoji are sourced from Mycological Natural Products in Eugene, Oregon. When the naturally preserved peppers arrive at Chicaoji Central, we harness their fiery temperament to create a medium spiciness that can be enjoyed by many. With a noticeable heat that’s not too overwhelming, the smoky chipotles won’t steal the show from the other flavors in Chicaoji.

Like every ingredient that goes into Chicaoji, smoky chipotles are there to provide both flavor and nourishment. Of the many nutrients in chipotle peppers, the most notable is capsaicin, the organic chemical that gives jalapeños their spicy flavor. Capsaicin has been found to energize the metabolism, improve blood circulation and help burn calories. Researchers from Nottingham University have even determined that capsaicin triggers cancer cell death without harming healthy cells in the body.

In addition to capsaicin, chipotle peppers are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Chipotles contain healthy doses of iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C and K. Incorporate these vitamins and a little capsaicin heat into your diet by flavoring your meals with Chicaoji. You can also add smoky chipotles to your own recipes. Go to Mycological Natural Products for more info.

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Apple Cider Vinegar: An Ancient Health Tonic

These days, it’s hard to find completely raw and unpasteurized foods outside of a home kitchen. Even many of the raw vegetables that are sold at supermarkets have been treated by ionizing radiation, also known as cold pasteurization. While pasteurization is used to kill potentially harmful bacteria, the process simultaneously kills much of the nutritional value from the good bacteria in the foods.

The raw apple cider vinegar that we use in Chicaoji contains so much good, healthy bacteria that pasteurizing it would be like taking a paint roller to the Sistine Chapel. Keeping our sauce raw and unpasteurized allows our customers to enjoy the “Mother of Vinegar” from Spectrum Organics with every flavorful bite. Though the process of staying raw requires expensive and tedious USDA and WSDA approval, enhancing the flavor and health of our sauce with raw apple cider vinegar is well worth the effort.

Vinegar is an ancient health tonic and cooking ingredient that cultures around the world have incorporated into their diets for thousands of years. All vinegars have been used for their flavor and energizing properties, but apple cider vinegar has a long history of being used specifically as a medicine. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was known to prescribe apple cider vinegar to treat various infections, and soldiers in the American Civil War used apple cider vinegar to facilitate faster wound healing.

While apple cider vinegar is a popular folk remedy, many of its well-known health benefits have been confirmed by scientific research. In numerous studies, apple cider vinegar has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels, kill harmful bacteria and reduce blood pressure. Apple cider vinegar is also known to reduce fatigue and provide a healthy energy boost, thanks to its potassium, enzymes and amino acids.

The natural fermentation process that is harnessed to create apple cider vinegar is a fascinating miracle of nature. When raw apple juice meets a complex of yeast and bacteria known as the “Mother of Vinegar,” the sugars are transformed into alcohol. With exposure to oxygen, the hard cider is further transformed into acetic acid, or the main ingredient in vinegar. By allowing this natural process to take place in a controlled environment, the result is a delicious, tart-tasting vinegar with numerous bioactive components.

Many people take raw apple cider vinegar with water as part of their daily health routine. Others get more creative with the tonic by adding it to salad dressings, marinades, soups and smoothies. You can incorporate raw apple cider vinegar into your diet quickly and easily by topping your meals with a little Chicaoji.

Place your order for Chicaoji HERE.

Find raw apple cider vinegar from Spectrum Organics HERE.

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Celtic Sea Salt® : A True Salt of the Earth…. and Chicaoji

Like the ocean water that composes most of our blue planet, cooking with salt is a fundamental part of life on Earth. Collected from the Earth’s oceans and ancient sea beds, salt is an abundant gift that can be used to elevate the taste of other foods and supplement our bodies with an array of essential nutrients.

The cultivation and harvest of Celtic Sea Salt©.
The cultivation and harvest of Celtic Sea Salt®

Because salt is such a key cooking ingredient, many people overlook its potential health benefits and take the natural stuff for granted. Seeing salt only as a flavor enhancer, the uninformed chef may choose a highly processed table salt to cheer on the real stars in their recipe. Table salt, which is a combination of pure sodium chloride and anti-caking agents, pails in comparison to the subtle Earthly flavor and rich mineral composition of a real sea salt.

The powerful ingredients in Chicaoji would accept no less than a true “salt of the Earth” to share a bottle with. That’s why we use light grey Celtic Sea Salt® by Selina Naturally to intensify the flavors of the raw goji berries, cacao and chipotle chile peppers in Chicaoji. While Celtic Sea Salt® aids the other ingredients in reaching their full flavor potential, the dissolved grains also impart their own subtle taste sensation into each bottle.

Celtic Sea Salt® is a completely unrefined grey salt that is collected by hand and then dried with sunshine and wind. The natural collection process allows the salt to retain moisture from the seawater and a light grey hue from the clay-lined salt beds where it is found. Moist and grey, Celtic Sea Salt®’s unique appearance are evidence of the fact that it has not been bleached and diluted by additives and has thus retained its rich mineral composition.

Healthy food is preventative medicine, and countless health care professionals have recommended the use of Celtic Sea Salt® in a balanced diet. Not only is Celtic Sea Salt® a great source of sodium and magnesium, it contains dozens of trace minerals that can be difficult to find in other foods. As our bodies are mostly composed of salt water, Celtic Sea Salt® helps feed our internal ocean waters the nutrients that they need to produce electrolytes and maintain proper functioning.

Flavoring your meals with Chicaoji is an easy and delicious way to obtain your daily dose of Celtic Sea Salt®. Order Chicaoji today to enjoy the benefits of adding a real sea salt to your diet.

Use discount code “salt” for 10% off your purchase at chicaoji.com/shop .

You can also stock your kitchen cabinets with Celtic Sea Salt® by ordering from our supplier at SelinaNaturally.com.

The cultivation and harvest of Celtic Sea Salt©
The cultivation and harvest of Celtic Sea Salt©

Author: Alia O’Connell
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Thank you for reading the Chicaoji blog! Randall

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