Happy New Year Everyone 😀 I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the bells when they chimed midnight, and that the New Year brings you everything you could wish for 😀
Last year at this time I did a lot of research to find out what was going to be popular food wise in 2014 and I had great fun, discovering what the “experts” thought we would all be chowing down on. A few of the things did seem to be more popular in 2014, so I decided to do another list. So here are 10 of the 2015 food trend predictions I like most from the “experts”.
1. Bitter Flavours
This year apparently we are going to go crazy for bitter flavours, like purer dark chocolate and strong bitter coffees.
2. Savoury Yogurts
Its predicted we are going to go nuts for tomato, beetroot and kale yogurts. Gone are banana and chocolate (Yeah right!) and in come the veggies.
3. Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are going to be everywhere according to experts. Restaurants are going to be serving them alongside your dishes instead of vegetables grown above ground. Bring on the parsnips, turnips and swedes!
This one I really wanted to ignore but it was on almost every list so I thought I should include it. You did read the title right I did say bugs! Allegedly we will be scoffing bugs for snacks and sweets. Deep fried crickets anyone? Ah no, not for me but if you are feeling brave then how about a lollypop with a scorpion in it?
5. Matcha Tea
I’m pleased to see this one on all the lists I love baking and drinking matcha tea. It’s tasty and its good for you. The only down side I can see is the good stuff can be a little expensive but for me its worth spending a few extra pennies to get it the flavour is amazing.
These type of bananas are used in cooking and shouldn’t be consumed raw. You predominantly see them used in West and Central African dishes, Central American and Caribbean cooking. I have had them a few times and I look forward to trying them some more.
I love rosemary, it has such a lovely flavour if used correctly. But to be honest I don’t use it very often. I am going to attempt to change that in 2015!
8. Fermented / Pickled Foods
We are all going to find our inner preserver and go wild for pickling this year. I love a good picked veg but I don’t know how wild I will go for home pickling. But then I do love to make my own jam so you never know….
9. Coconut Sugar
I have yet to give this one a try, but because it has a lower glycemic index than regular refined sugar it’s going to become increasingly popular. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. And its an easy 1 for 1 in tea, coffee and baking. I can’t wait to give it a go.
10. Smoked Foods
In recent months I have started to see a lot more smoked foods in shops, restaurants and on TV. I have even seen home smoking kits for sale in shops, I haven’t gone that far but I like lightly smoked foods and look forward to seeing more ideas popping up all over the place.
So did you see anything on the list that you are excited about or have you seen something else getting a lot of press recently? Let me know what you think 😀