Kimchi, seaweed, insects: 2015 food trends

February 13, 2015 3:13 pm

Spotting food trends is not an exact science, however at the start of every year, food writers across the world try to predict what will be popular over the subsequent 12 months. The predictions of what foodstuffs and food styles will be popular in 2015 may surprise a few people. But who could have imagined that ‘dude food’ would be taken seriously by food critics and that most cities would have at least one ‘gourmet’ ‘dirty food’ emporium serving up vast quantities of top quality meat, burgers, hot dogs etc to an enthusiastic clientele?

We decided we should look at some of the predicted food trends for 2015 - read on and see if you agree.

Fermented food

Fermented food is predicted to become far more commonplace in 2015, particularly fermented vegetables. Perhaps the most well-known fermented vegetable dish is...

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Recommendations for wraps: a global convenience food

February 5, 2015 12:00 pm

All over the world, people want to create flavourful, fast and fun foods that can be prepared in a short amount of time and use ingredients that are readily available. It’s this approach to food that makes street food and casual dining such popular choices around the globe. One such “convenience food” that is more popular than you may think on a global scale is the humble wrap - although you may well find it known by other names in other countries: think burritos, spring rolls, Indian egg rolls, shawarma and more. All over the world, people wrap their ingredients in bread or pastry to create dishes that are as easy to make as they are to eat at a time which is convenient. From the humble to the exotic, it’s the perfect way to serve a range of vibrant flavours from all corners.

Changeable and convenient…

The beauty of the...

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The Spice Trade – a short history

February 2, 2015 1:10 pm

Many of us would find the idea of cooking or eating without spices unthinkable, and our ancestors were no different. The spices most commonly associated with the ancient spice trade are cinnamon, cassia, pepper, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom. You’ll find at least one of these spices in most British kitchens nowadays, yet there was a time when they were worth more than gold and so highly prized that countries went to war over them. The Spice Wars between Portugal, Holland, Spain and England were not solely about spices of course, but the territories which produced them. The history of the spice trade is generally accepted as beginning thousands of years ago, during the heyday of the Ottoman, Greek, Roman and Egyptian Empires. However, in the last couple of years it has been discovered that prehistoric man also used spices in his or her cooking.

The 6,000 year old...

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