Have you noticed how a trend just sneaks up on you and you think you are on to things but you realize you aren’t really?
Food trends in particular. From one day to the next, or that’s how it seems, every magazine, blogger, Instagram and FB post is talking about Pulled Everything. Pulled pork, lamb , chicken the list goes on. You race back to check your mags, bloggers Instagram and fb to see if you were out of the loop for a while. And you weren’t – and now everything is pulled. I do some quick reading only to find that nothing has changed, only the vocabulary- what is now pulled was Slow Roasted or Fall off the Bone.
Whew, sigh of relief, the food world didn’t change without me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than a Slow Roasted leg of lamb, now a Pulled leg of lamb, with delicious Slow Roasted veggies ( I am guessing that veggies can’t be pulled?) with a rich sticky sauce with creamy Parmesan mash potatoes. Same goes for Pulled Pork on crispy thick white ciabatta.
What happened to Sun Dried? We had Sun Dried tomatoes coming out of our ears and now they are a thing of the past, up there on the grocers shelve with Sun Dried Olives. I do suspect that they were likely to have been Oven Dried but somehow that’s not so appealing.
Another new Food Trend you can’t avoid right now is Salted Caramel. Apparently it is so wonderful you can have it on practically anything. I’ve seen it on popcorn, which I don’t mind, on cheesecake and even on savory dishes like quiches. And of course it is not just any old salt – it must sea salt or volcanic salt or something equally exotic sounding.
The one trend I am looking forward to its quick demise will be the Balsamic Glaze one. And I am ready to spearhead the campaign. Single handly if I must.
It seems that the sole purpose of this product is to turn your plate, your meal, your meal and your napkin into a huge sticky mess. Why? Chefs seemed to use it liberally as a garnish – “may I please just have a radish rose?”
Corny and out of date but the radish rose doesn’t make me want a shower after my salad. Or my breakfast.
I hope I see the next Food Trend coming, I don’t like things sneaking up on me.
I feel Christmas is about to do that quite soon…
Roll on Spring, we’ve missed lunches outside but not the mosquitoes.