On January 29th I posted my thoughts on current and future food trends, I called it Trendspotting. It’s been a few months, let’s see how I did…
- Indian foods. In the March 2011 issue of Food and Wine magazine, they featured an article titled “A Lesson in Indian Cooking. Superstar Sanjeev Kapoor is expanding his culinary empire to America. F&W previews his new book”. Here’s a link to his Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Gravy recipe from that article. After a three-week festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. NPR did a piece on Indian food: Oberoi’s Kitchen: The Art Of Indian Haute Cuisine. Family Circle magazine published a recipe for Indian-spiced cauliflower, potato, and chickpeas in their May 2011 issue.
- Artisan. Artisanal salads. Artisanal Ravioli from Olive Garden. Artisanal tortilla chips at the grocery store.
- Honey. Honey sales and beekeeping supplies at the ready from Ballard Bee Company in Seattle. Epicurious posted on their blog some recommendations for great reads about bees and honey. On March 16th, Sunset Magazine offered readers, How to Make Creamed Honey.
Small pies. In the April 2011 issue of Prevention magazine a recipe for “Instant” Chicken and Broccoli Stromboli that included bagged broccoli florets, this crust pizza dough, rotisserie chicken and bagged pre-shredded cheese. In the same issue they had another “instant” recipe for Beef Empanadas that included pre-chopped onions, lean ground beef, cumin, and thin-crust pizza dough. I checked their website for both of these recipes, but alas, they didn’t have the recipes up. They did, however, have this recipe for Spicy Chicken Empanadas, and it sounds great! Cooking Light’s April 2011 issue featured Savory Sausage, Spinach, and Onion Turnovers. In the May 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, they had a recipe by Joanne Weir for Chorizo-Pepper Hand Pies, or empanadas.
Home canning. Food in Jars. Canning with kids. Confituras. Punk Domestics. Family Circle magazine published an essay in their May 2011 issue, entitled “Rite of Spring“, in which the author talks about “foraging way before it became trendy.” And, foraging has included lots and lots of weeds. Yes, weeds, as in “go to the garden and gather them up”. Dandelion Vinegar. Pineapple Weed Tea. Nasturtium Pesto. Dandelion Jelly. (I have lots of weeds in my garden, and to be quite honest, I’m kind of excited to try something with them. At the very least, I’m going to try something more than just tea with my lemon verbena.)
Prosciutto. Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach from Eating Well. Time wrote about the top 10 protected foods, which includes Prosciutto di Parma from Italy. Bon Appetit talks about the next artisanal food addiction, ham over prosciutto on March 16th. Charcutepalooza. The Year of Meat. Bacon Jam, a condiment dedicated to meat candy.
Comfort Desserts. I don’t eat out much, so I can’t really comment on what restaurants are doing, but as far as blogs and the internet as concerned, these types of desserts are all over the place. Here are a few… Kitchen Daily gave a recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Caramel Sauce. Bon Appetit’s Macaron Burgers. Blackberry Curd Cheesecake in a Jar from use real butter. Spring Desserts: 5 Great Pudding Recipes from the Kitchn.
Here’s one that I didn’t note in my original post, but it seems to be one lots of people’s minds. Salt. I did my own post of salt… The Good, the Bad, and the Salty. Hunter Angler Gardener Cook did a nice article about salt… Why Salt Matters. Cooking Light magazine ran an article in their March 2011 issue on a “New Rock Artist. Chef-turned-salt-artisan Joni Fay Hill wants you to toss the shaker and sprinkle on a bit of her good stuff instead.” Woman’s Day magazine had an article in their March 2011 issue titled, “Everything You Need to Know About Salt“.
One other thing I’ve been seeing a lot of and didn’t include in the original post … Chia seeds. Yes, chia seeds as in Ch-Ch-Chia. They’re the new hot seed with great healthy benefits.
I think I did pretty well with my predictions and trends. I had fun trying to keep track of all the different places I saw these things pop up. I’m sure I missed some, but that’s ok. Maybe I’ll do another for summer. There’s always new things in food trends for summer… probably ice cream and hot dogs…