Over the past decade or so, the culinary scene in the UK has completely transformed. Veganism is more mainstream than ever and with it has come a plethora of nut milks and plant-based proteins. We have also trended towards more ethically sourced foods and foods that make your body feel good. Fast-food certainly isn’t dead but people are now a lot more discerning about what they choose to put into their body.
So, with an eye to the future, let’s take a look at what experts believe will be the culinary trends to shape 2018.
It is absolutely incredible what humans are capable of when they put their minds to it. We’ve all heard of Quorn and many of the other meat substitute brands but 2018 is going to put them all to shame. Impossible Foods is creating a bleeding burger made entirely out of plant. It looks and tastes exactly like a real burger, but it is completely meat and cruelty free. It hasn’t been perfected yet but we expect this product to hit the market some time this year.
If you’re a vegan or even a vegetarian then jackfruit is going to be your new best friend. Once it has been boiled and then baked, jackfruit has a suspiciously meaty texture. Mix it up with some BBQ sauce and pop it in a brioche bun and you could very easily believe you are eating pulled pork. It could also be a duck substitute if you fancied hoisin duck pancakes. It’s delicious, simple and healthy. Could you ask for anything more?
Dude Food From Japan
This is one that has left a lot of people confused – mainly because this trend indicates that there are some foods that are exclusively for men. Leaving this weird sexist notion at the door and focusing on what is included within the trend is probably the best course of action. Basically, what we’re seeing here is hearty food from the Deep South of the US combined with the fragrant flavours and spices of Japan. Think deep fried tofu and skewers of deliciously seasoned meat.
This trend has been active for a while but it looks like it is going to go into turbo drive in 2018. Instead of picking up a bag of crisps or pork scratchings from your supermarket snack aisle, instead you will have a range of equally tasty but far healthier treats to choose from. We are talking about lentils, peas, beans and other vegetables and pulses being fried up or baked and covered in wasabi, chilli or some other flavour. It helps to keep an open mind but these could very well be your new go-to snacks.
Flowers in Your Food
Elderflower cordial is nothing new, but how would you feel if elderflower was added to your coffee, or even your meal? This is what is predicted to be a food trend for 2018. Along with rose, hibiscus and lavender, our diets might just be taking a distinctly floral turn this year. If nothing else, the unusual pastel colours in our food and drinks will make for some excellent snaps for the ‘gram.