The TastyMoments team has scoured the globe to find the 5 must-try food trends taking the world by storm.
1. Mexican Fusion Food
Here’s an idea for a dinner party! Why not have a Mexican Fiesta now that restrictions have been lifted? No, we don’t mean bland tacos and silly hats. We’re talking about Mexican fusion food which combines essential Mexican cuisines like guacamole, tortillas, and salsa with other foods to create unique new dishes. The brand new, stone baked La Mia Grande Cheesy Nachos Pizza is the perfect example. It’s topped with crispy nachos, spicy jalapeno peppers and mozzarella. Just grab a few friends, make a jug of margarita and pop a few of these bad boys in the oven. Serve it with a spicy tomato salsa in lettuce cups, and you all be saying “olé” in no time.
2. Middle Eastern Spices and Preserved Lemons
Everyone is experimenting with new flavour profiles. Since the world has basically become a village, we now have access to a host of Middle Eastern herbs and spices to inject more oomph and zing into our food. Have you ever cooked with preserved lemons? Moroccans love this simple ingredient that packs a punch. There are a million recipes online if you want to make it yourself. It’s a simple process of taking ripe lemons, layering the pieces with salt, and topping up your pickling jar with cooled, boiled water. Trust us! “Baharat” is another one to look for. It contains black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and paprika. Yum!
3. Fermented Foods
Need to get some good bacteria in your gut? Fermented foods are the way. Rich in tummy-friendly probiotics, foods like Korean Kimchi (pickled cabbage and veg), Japanese miso or German sauerkraut will do the trick. Plus, fermented foods have a pleasant, zingy flavour that can help cut through the richness of fatty foods. Don’t want to eat it? Why not try brewing your own healthy Kombucha drink?
4. Magical Mushrooms
And no, not that kind! You can find all sorts of mushrooms at your grocers nowadays. Why have boring white button mushrooms when you can delight in meaty oyster mushrooms or chanterelles instead? The vegans are onto something! If you want to enjoy a meat-free meal, we recommend you try marinated mushrooms instead of meat. Don’t want to go meatless – give your immune system a boost with mushroom soup.
5. Heritage Cooking – With A Twist!
We love a good boerie roll, but let’s change things up a bit, shall we? Instead of tomato sauce, why not top it with mango chutney or papaya salsa? Morogo will see new life as our homegrown side dish now takes centre stage as an essential ingredient in South African fusion foods. Koeksisters are good, but they’re even better when you make them with citrus and cardamom syrup. Whatever your favourite local meal, try and shake things up with a few new ingredients. You might even teach your Gogo a trick or two.
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