A bit ago, I was contacted to review some foodie items. Who am I to not take one for them team? Right? The struggle is totally real. 🙂
A little backstory of Arawak Farms:
The founder, Lloyd J. Vassell, was inspired by The Arawak Indian Tribe of South America. Using herbs and spices found in the meat/fish and vegetable dishes of the tribe, he developed a line of pepper sauces, spicy fruit spreads and dry rubs.
All of Arawaks condiments are all natural, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, low-sodium and low sugar. These are healthier alternatives to a lot of the sauces and the on the market.
First, we tried The Sweet Ginger Basil Pepper Sauce. This was a Monday Night Meal Saviour. Seriously. I made a super quick, super yummy Thai-esque Stir Fry. Ready for this? Chicken, a bag of stir fry veggies, a cup of water, a tablespoon of cornstarch and THIS SAUCE! Bam. Dinner. The Boyfriend ate it up. The ginger and basil were wonderfully balanced. The brightness of sweet heat from the habanero perfectly rounded out the dish.
Second was The Blue-Blackberry Spicy Fruit Spread. (Disclaimer: I’m going to integrate into this into a recipe, other than add a spoon to the jar. And it will most likely show up here.) I tried to make a dipping sauce for coconut shrimp. A little rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and this deep fruity sauce. My attempt failed. I’m okay with this. Cooking is like chemistry many ways. I’ll experiment with this spread, again. The rich, smooth flavors deserve it.
EDIT: I just made a wrap with spinach, cream cheese (out of goat cheese), turkey and this spread. AMAZING!
Third condiments? A spice blend. Dry Rub – Blend #1. The ingredients are Paprika, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Allspice, Cumin, Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Thyme, Mustard Seeds and a touch of brown sugar. It was the brown sugar that inspired me to pack this on a piece of salmon. (One of my favorite salmon dishes is has brown sugar and garlic in it.) Heat up a pan, add a little oil and sear away. When the fish was almost done I flipped it. Cooked until done. We were rewarded with a unique flavored Spice Encrusted Salmon. Added bonus? The kale in the garden was ready. I can’t wait to make this again. And I want to try it on chicken.
EDIT: My mother requested this for dinner, again. Second time just as good as the first!!
In closing?? I really enjoyed these condiments. There are a couple more that I’m craving to try! The Boyfriend and The Parents enjoyed them, too!
If you want to try them GO HERE: ARAWAK FARM
There are a ton of recipes on the site, too!!
**Items sent for consideration. Opinions all my own.**