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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜‰

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