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Community Post: Food Trends To Look Out For In 2014

1. Mediterranean Spices and Flavours

Add sumac and za’atar to your spice rack, because you’ll be needing both in 2014. Greek yoghurt and hummus have lead the way for a plethora of delicious mediterranean dishes.

2. Breakfast: Shakshuka

Move over Eggs Benedict!

3. Filipino Food

Where have you been all my life?

4. Alternative Proteins

Think goat, elk, and squab.

5. Lamb Neck

Nose-to-tail cooking remains popular.

6. Sweetbreads

This slightly sweet and extremely tender piece of meat is usually derived from the thymus gland(let’s avoid using that word) of cows, lambs, and other animals.

7. Stinky, fishy-fish

Fish farms are freaky. Wild fish stocks are depleting. Most of the fish coming out of the Pacific are slightly radioactive. So, people are turning to more sustainable fish like mackerel and anchovies. Which also happen to be quite oily and strong in fish flavour.

8. Modern Retro-Cooking

Huh? That’s right, boiled carrots are making a comeback! With a modern twist. Watch out jello-molds with new ingredients like pomegranate and chorizo.

9. Method: Steaming and Poaching

Asian fusion continues with re-vamped cooking methods.

10. Tea for Flavour

Tea will go beyond the cup to add flavour to everything from fish to berries.
Earl Grey Macarons, anyone?

11. Vegetable: Cauliflower

Vegetable: Cauliflower

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Kale will still be going strong in 2014 (it’s likely here to stay), but this year cauliflower is going to make a little comeback. Retro-cooking time!

12. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have endless health benefits. Making your own reduces food waste and keeps the canning craze going.

13. Upscale chicken

Chicken will also get a make-over and get dressed up with everything from foie gras to caviar.

14. Food Mashups

Food mashups are hard to predict, so they are always a fun surprise. Let’s hope for some more edible mashups like mussels and pickled peppers.

15. Diet: Paleo

Gluten-free is no longer a trend. It’s mainstream. Get used to it.

Paleo might become more mainstream as well.
Driving forces: Fear of preservatives and other mysterious chemical additives; discovery of delicious nuts and grains.

16. Grain of the Year: Buckwheat

Technically not a grain, but you get it.

17. Dessert of the Year: Ice Cream Sandwiches

The combinations are endless.

18. Nut Milk

Almond milk, cashew milk, walnut milk. Pretty much any nut makes a decent milk.

19. Flavoured-Whisky

Man Men helped popularize whisky, but people are still finding it a little strong. So, flavoured whiskeys will become popular, infused with such things as honey and bacon.

Ladies, find all your info on whiskey here.

20. Artisanal Soda

People want to know what’s in their food, right down to the soda they are drinking. Products like SodaStream have made it possible to create your own bubbly brew.

21. Gin


In case you missed it, summer 2013 was the summer of gin and tonics. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to sample gin and tonics in 2014.

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