My New Year’s resolution: live it up! Make my foodie dreams come true, eats-plore the world and cook in ways that make Ramsay, Nobu, and Roux Jnr. pale in fear of the new chef on the scene. In preparation for this, I took a look at the predicted food trends for 2018. Long story short… I’m going to have to find a new resolution. Why? Take a look at the most dubious food trends EVER! Also, if you’re vegan, I apologise in advance.
So if you’re like me and you just got used to juicing ALL your greens, reds and other veggies, you’ll be secretly relieved to know that those days are over. Pack away that out-of-this-world-expensive juicer you bought to impress the other moms on the block and bring out granny’s ol’ crock pot, because it’s SOUP TIME! Yeah, that’s right…soups are hot and trending in 2018. But not wholesome, yummy chicken and noodle soup. Oh no, we’re pureeing now. Boil an exotic veggie combo, such as butternut, apple and ginger, puree and serve – tadaaaaaa, foodie trend #1 nailed.
Need a drink to process that you bought that juicer for nothing? Yeah…. Booze is old-fashioned too! Alcohol-free beverages, mocktails and other fun concoctions are slowly taking over the food scene. Apparently, healthy millennials are drinking less and less alcohol. Teas and tonic waters with imaginative flavour combinations are on the rise. Time for a beer to process this shocker! After all, it’s still 2017, so booze is still trending 😉 Head on over to Euro Palace and swig down a cold one on our very own Beerfest slot. Party it up with busty blonde lasses and strapping young fellows, indulge in beer, Bratwurst, and all the other Oktoberfest goodies while you watch win after win come rolling in.
Vegans are taking over the world…
Hey! Come out of your zombie bunker there mate, they’re not gonna eat your brain! They’ll only eat your salad 😉 I joke. (And I did apologise in advance. So don’t take offense!) Meat-based proteins are being replaced by plant-based proteins such as lentils, black beans and seitan – so much so that a tech-food company has invented a product called “heme” (heem, Greek for blood), which is an environmentally sustainable meat-substitute and, you guessed it, adds a meaty quality to plant-based burger patties: the bloodiness of meat cooked rare. I’m all for sustainability and organic farming, but I won’t lie… I like my steak to come from a cow.
FYOF (Find your own food)
Foraging is basically the act of finding your own food out in the wild. No, we’re not wrestling bears and eating salmon right out of the stream. The concept is actually my favourite food trend – becoming aware of one’s surroundings (given that these include a lot of nature) and gathering foods. Nettles, wild leek, elderflowers, berries, nuts and wild-growing herbs are at the top of the foraging list. This trend will be applicable both for restaurants, offering an increasingly artisanal nature-to-table menu and at home, where you can prepare food using what’s growing around you. The possibilities for exploration and flavour combinations are near-to endless. If you ask me, this is THE foodie trend to follow!
On that foodie note – have a good, delicious and wholesome 2018!