Food Trends

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Waitrose has reported on the UK’s food habits in 2015 providing data on British food trends and behaviours in 2015.

What’s out?

Granulated sugar sales have dropped and not surprising especially with the child obesity concerns in the UK presently. Sugar is now deemed the new fat. Go on Jamie Oliver!

Soya milk sales drop as other dairy alternatives rise in popularity as part of health eating drives. Almond has already surpassed soya milk in sales according to a sales survey by Waitrose.

What’s in?

A rise in chopped frozen fruits as more Brits jump on the home made smoothie and juice train

Cacao bars have seen sales up by 37% and are a healthy alternative to chocolate and cereal bars as they are made from natural ingredients.

Almond mik sales soar at the expense of soya milk. Again another product that is heavily endorsed by health gurus.

Avocado Supreme!

Most pinned food on Pinterest in the UK and king of Instagram across the world. Again there are significant health benefits of avocado making it very popular.

Prosecco continues to be a preferred option champers!

Outselling champagne by 1.7 bottles to 1. The price and the fact that it tastes almost the same especially if buying more expensive and quality brand. Shortages only prove the point.

Cauliflower is in!

Not just cauliflower cheese, but the cauliflower is now being seen on pizzas and pilaffs with exciting and adventurous recipes supporting its comeback.

Coconut – What’s not good about coconut?

The popularity of coconut as been meteoric with coconut milk and oil dominating the healthy lifestyle tips. Endless health benefits have seen consumers using coconut for everything. The wonder ingredient of 2015.

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Food trends 2015 and 2016

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Big in the states right now, Sriracha a hot sauce from Thailand is growing in popularity. The sauce originates from Thailand and fuses a mix of garlic fresh chillies, vinegar, salt and sugar. This very popular sauce is tasty and is trendy with consumers as another sauce that you can put on anything. Of course you must like your food spicy. Yo Sushi is now selling the sauce in restaurants and it can also be bought easily online from Amazon ad Tesco.

Sriracha

It is a multipurpose sauce that is hot and tangy like most hot sauces should be. Most Asian cuisines will use the sauce as an accompaniment and it is particularly popular in the United States.

Expect to see its popularity rise in the coming months

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What is Sriracha Sauce?

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Lithuanian food

Lithuania is about to adopt the Euro in the next 12 months. Already we are seeing more Lithuanian nationals living in the UK. As a result, expect to see more Lithuanian cuisine in the UK which can only be good thing for those with adventurous palate. The cuisine from Lithuania features foods that are generally suited the cool and moist climate. You can normally find locally grown barley, potatoes, rye, beets, greens, and mushrooms with dairy products being a speciality. Popular dishes include Cepelinai which is a potato dumpling filled with meat, cheese curd or mushrooms. Some other well known dishes that Lithuania is famous for includes dark rye bead or (šaltibarščiai), a cold soup made with beet and kugelis or baked potato pudding. Another well know dish is smoked sausage and vedarai which is potatoes and sausage that is stuffed in pig intestines. Popular drinks in Lithuani include locally brewed beer or (alus) and of course vodka known as (degtinė)

The different regions of Lithuania all preserve their own original dishes and recipes and cooking techniques are passed down from generations. Residents from Aukštaitija are well known for their skills in flour and freshwater dishes whilst Žemaitija residents are well great cooks of potatoes, vegetable and dairy meals.

You can find more about Lithuanian food by visiting the links below

http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism/catering/lithuanian-cuisine/traditional-lithuanian-food/

http://www.lietuva.lt/en/lifestyle/food_drinks/traditional_food_recipes

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https://koldunai.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/cepelinai-tradiciskai-ir-nevisai/

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Poutine is apparently the posh chips and gravy according to the guardian. So what is Poutine and where does it come from. Well there is no denying that when you see this culinary delight for the first time, it looks like a disaster. Imported from Canada, Poutine is basically chips, gravy and cheese curds, Comfort food of the highest order!

Actually it is really is a stodgy pile of chips with meat gravy and cheese curd which is the solid product from the beginning stages of making cheese. So popular is this dish in Canada right now, it is on every McDonalds menu. Once a late night snack to mop up the booze, Poutine is all the rage in Canada and is now branching out to the rest of the world!

It is now about to take the UK by storm though healthy it is not! As many British people enjoy over indulging in alcohol and then soaking it up with chips richly covered in cheese or gravy, it would appear that the introduction of Poutine here will appear very popular. Check out this Canadian street food by dropping in at Poutinerie stall in Brick Lane where Poutine is available alongside many other delicious street foods.

You can read more about Poutine by visiting this link http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2014/sep/07/poutine-the-posh-chips-and-gravy-taking-over-the-world

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Forget scouring the January sales for clothes and electrical goods and cheap Christmas wrapping paper for next year – the thing to be stocking up on this month is olive oil.

A dreadful 12 months for olives in several major producing countries has led to 2014 being labelled the “black year” for the industry and to the doubling of the bulk cost of olive oil in some areas.

Unusual weather and a proliferation of insects and bacterial blight have devastated the harvest in several countries. Analysts have been predicting a bad year for olive oil since the summer, after it became clear that hot late spring weather in Spain – the world’s largest producer of olives – was going to have a key impact on autumn harvests. Other producers have been coming in with equally poor results, adding to the woes of the industry Europe-wide.

Farmers in Italy have suffered so badly from pests and adverse weather that many are reporting harvests 40% to 50% down on 2013. Unusually large flocks of starlings have been reported as further destroying the fruits in parts of southern Italy, leading to calls for a cull.

“This is the worst year in memory,” said Pietro Sandali, head of the Italian olive growers consortium, Unaprol.

In Greece, the olive output has been more stable, but the other smaller producing countries cannot pick up the strain: Morocco and Tunisia have also suffered bad weather, while Syria, which claims to be the birthplace of the olive tree and which has 74 million trees, has been affected by the civil war.

The International Olive Council (IOC) says production will hit its lowest level in 15 years and admits there will be an upswing in prices; its latest figures show the price from the producers had risen by 121% in the last month of 2014 compared with December 2013, with supply down by almost a third. That increase, the experts say, is likely to be passed on at the supermarkets, meaning a bottle of olive oil is likely to cost British shoppers more than a high-end bottle of wine.

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Ever since the first bulbs of garlic began to appear in British kitchens in the 1970s, the Mediterranean diet has been so wholeheartedly adopted here that its ingredients have become commonplace. Now a price hike in a bottle of olive oil could make a luxury out of a staple.

The Italian Olive Oil Company in Hever, Kent, says it is already warning customers that its supplies will be limited. Olive farmers with low harvests are inclined to go for quantity over quality and do fewer of the initial virgin pressings so beloved of foodies in Britain.

But worst hit will be the farmers and the economies of the olive oil-producing countries, all of which are still struggling to emerge from several years of dire economic straits. The olive oil industry is worth more than £2bn to southern European producers.

Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times, has called the situation “particularly painful”, adding that millions of people rely on the industry in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia. “This has a profound, profound effect on families and producers in these regions, so it is a crisis,” he said. “That’s one of the unfortunate parts of producing olives and olive oil. It’s cyclical: you’re going to have bad years and good years.”

Spain and Italy account for just under 70% of output, and the Madrid-based IOC, which publishes benchmark supply and demand estimates, forecasts that Spanish olive oil production will more than halve next year, to 825,700 tonnes. Production in Italy is expected to fall about a third to 302,500 tonnes, the lowest level since 1991.

Olive oil comes in so many different types and qualities of pressings that it is difficult to compare prices, but broadly it varies from around £4 a litre in Aldi to £6.50 at Waitrose.

However, Europe, where two-thirds of the world’s olive oil supply is consumed, will have cheaper alternatives. Favourable weather elsewhere in the world has meant that harvests of oilseed crops have been plentiful and prices have been falling. The future could also see olive oil coming from the US, where more and more landowners in the increasingly climatically challenged states of California and Texas are planting olive trees.

To add insult to culinary injury for Britain’s salad lovers, the drought in Spain is also likely to see fewer tomatoes and lettuces available to us.

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http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/03/olive-oil-price-rise-feared

 

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