2014 Food Trend Predictions

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful fun filled Christmas full of love and laughter and I hope 2014 brings you everything you could wish for :D

I’ve been doing some research over the last few weeks to see what some of the 2014 food trend predictions will be trying to work out what allegedly will be popular over the forth-coming year. Of course every food critic has their own opinion and being a vegetarian not all of them were for me but here I have picked 10 of my favourite predictions I hope to see come true.

1. Lemons

lemons

I was surprised to see these on the list, as I had never really thought of them as out of fashion at any point. I love lemon in sweet or savoury food and welcome its return to centre stage!

2. Tea In Baking

chai tea loaf

Tea is apparently going to become something of a fashion icon this year. Starbucks has reported an increase in its sales as a drink but critics are predicting that it will become increasingly popular as flavouring for sweet bakes. Bring on the Tea loaves I say :D

3. Allergy Free Food

gluten free clementine cake

As people become more aware of intolerances to food its claimed restaurants, cafes and bars will start to cater more. I am sure for those with a special diet will welcome this news but I will believe it when I see it. When I first turned vegetarian when I was just a small girl, for years all I ever saw on a restaurant menu was vegetarian lasagne! I was sick of vegetarian lasagne by the age of 16!

4. Egg Yolks

Apparently egg whites are so last year and it’s all about the yolks this year! Great bring it on; there is far too much watching the fat and counting calories for my liking. It’s good to be naughty sometimes as long as you keep everything balanced now and again it won’t hurt you :)

5. Ice Cream Sandwiches

ice cream sandwiches

The cupcake is dead! Long live Ice Cream Sandwiches!!! Well I wouldn’t go that far but some are predicting this. Many things have come and gone and all were meant to topple the cupcake and none did. I don’t think these will topple anything but it will be great to see this retro treat all summer long.

6. Poaching and Steaming

I actually already poach and steam a lot of my food for its obvious health benefits, but looking at this trend from a baking point of view it’s kind of interesting. Especially in the UK steamed puddings are very much a thing of my childhood it will be fun to see if they do make a come back!

7. Asian Flavours

I have never made any Asian desserts before I am definitely going to find some to try. I love a lot of Asian food especially Thai food and I love to experiment at home, so bring on the sushi mats and the lemon grass and lets see what we come up with.

8. Middle Eastern Spices

pear, dark chocolate and star anise spring rolls

I’m quite lucky my job takes me to the Middle East quite often and I am able to visit the spice souks and stock up on beautiful fresh spices. Star anise by the bag full, cinnamon sticks by the box and saffron by the handful. I love these sweet spices and floral flavours and welcome this explosion of flavour to our menus.

9. Flavoured Butters

I have been seeing a lot of this lately, roasted garlic butters, whipped beetroot butter, herbed butters, cinnamon butter, honey butter, maple butter… the list is endless and I can’t wait to try them all.

10. Exotic Fruit

persimmons

Exotic fruit is coming into vogue apparently. According to experts our taste buds are getting more adventurous and we are wanting more and more of the exotic. I guess it depends on where you live as to what you consider exotic, but British supermarkets are reporting that sales of persimmons, dragon fruit, kumquats, physalis are all on the rise. Yum I love all fruit :D

winter exotic fruit pie

Over to you

So what would you like to see back on the menu in 2014? Is something on this list making you jump for joy or are you sad to not see cupcakes on the list? Don’t worry cupcakes will always be popular ;)


16 Responses

  1. This round up looks great Emma! I love lemons so am glad to see that this made the list :) I am glad to see more allergy friendly foods too since I have many family members with allergies and an intolerance to certain foods. Oh, I love ice cream so ice cream sandwiches sound great but I will always love cupcakes too hehe :)
    Hope you had a great Christmas Emma and got everything you wished for:) Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family in 2014! xo

    • Hi Kelly, I think cupcakes will whether the storm I can’t see them being toppled by anything even something as yummy as ice cream sandwiches. I too am happy to see lemons making a big comeback, I have a huge list of lemon recipes to try :) Happy New Year to you and yours here’s hoping to a wonderful 2014!

  2. Maureen from Orgasmic Chef

    Great post and I agree with almost all of it. With the exception of physalis, all the other fruits are quite common here in Australia. I have no idea what physalis is so I need to go look it up.

    I think spices and herbs of all varieties are seeing an upswing in popularity as more and more people spend time in the kitchen.

    Happy New Year!
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    • Hi Maureen, you certainly are lucky in Australia to have such a wonderful variety of fresh fruit available to you. Physalis are a lovely small sweet orange fruit that comes with light brown paper lanterns covering them, if you ever come across them give them a go, we only ever see them at this time of the year in the UK. Herbs and spices are a god send for me being vegetarian often the food is bland without these additions. I hope you and your family have a happy new year!

  3. Pamela from Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I have been writing in my notebook for some time to start cooking and baking with tea more, I can’t get enough! Love hearing that and about lemons! Happy New Year, lots of good luck and cheer to you and your family!

    • Hi Pamela, me too about the tea I’ve been meaning to experiment with it for a while. The first thing I tried was the chai tea loaf and it was lovely I will certainly be experimenting more. Also I agree it’s great to see lemons I love lemon as a flavour. Thanks for the wishes and the same to you, I hope 2014 brings all your wishes true :D

  4. Liz

    Someone was asking about possible upcoming food trends of facebook today…so I’m delighted that you’ve enlightened me! Lemon and Asian I can easily do…but will have to think about the others. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!

    • Hi Liz, there are a few I use all the time lemons being the main one but there are a few here I never really use. I’m looking forward to learning how to steam and poach correctly. I hope you have a great 2014!

  5. Fun list! Love hearing about the up-and-coming trends in the foodie world. Although I agree that cupcakes aren’t going anywhere (and I certainly hope they don’t!), I do think the ice cream sandwich is becoming a big deal–the most unique version I’ve seen so far is made with macarons!

    Happy New Year!
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    • Hi Brianna, Thank you. I totally agree about cupcakes not going anywhere they are far too popular to loose status as top selling treat but I love the idea of macarons being used for ice cream sandwiches, I’m saving that one for later, once the whether improves! Happy New Year to you and your family too :D

  6. Mike

    Great list I’m glad to see lemons and spices taking centre stage again and I love a good ice cream sandwich. I’ll be interested to see if tea does become popular and to see how other use it. Happy New Year :)

    • Hi Mike, thank you I too am excited to see how people will use tea to flavour things in the coming year. Happy New Year to you too :)

  7. Bob

    Great food predictions in this post! I have to admit that I’m excited about those ice cream sandwiches. The photo you have up of that oreo-ice cream sandwich has me SUPER excited – I’m a huge ice cream and oreo cookie fan (even though they aren’t the healthiest), so I’m excited to give these a try in 2014.

    Thanks! Bob

    • Hi Bob, sometimes its good to be a little naughty and enjoy a treat now and again and these oreo ice cream sandwiches are small so one won’t hurt :)

  8. Mike from eating healthy

    entering the new year is a great time to stop and take a look at the trends. our comment on “Tea is apparently going to become something of a fashion icon this year” rings true. We were amazed to find that using tea as an ingredient was on the rise and did some research on it in a post.
    http://food4funhealth.com/2014-eating-healthy-food-trends-include-tea/

    • Hi Mike thanks for the link I shall read that with interest. It’s strange because here in the UK it’s very old fashioned to use teas for flavouring especially in fruit cakes and breads. But then again I guess everything comes back into fashion eventually :D

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