Slice of summertime – trend forecast ’13/’14

“October! What!? No way..!” How many times have you heard these words this week already?

2013 has run away from me, and if it hasn’t run away from you yet, I can almost guarantee its about to as the festive season inches closer! I cannot wrap my head around the idea of starting my Christmas shopping, or is it perhaps my desperate attempt at holding it off despite the fact that it will come, whether I like it or not…and certainly it seems, sooner than anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Christmas – it’s just that I haven’t yet caught my breath this year…

So in an attempt to begin to line up my ducks in somewhat readiness for the festivities that lie ahead, I am going to try and get my head around some summertime food trends so that I am at least slightly prepared for the trips to the beach, the sundowners on the mountain, the warm, glowing evening dinners in the garden and the stolen moments on the couch in a patch of warm sun armed with book in one hand….and in the other..? What am I complaining about…here goes:

Pic-1 - seaweed & mezcal

Seaweed & Mezcal

Some 2013/14 summertime trends in the YUM department:

1. BEETROOT!

Yip, its gorgeously rich in royal ruby colouring and packed with all the goodness (and then some) needed to boost the old, ailing immune system in time for summer. Try your hand at a beetroot and carrot smoothie instead of popping that pill from the bottle.

2. CHICKEN!

Bearing in mind the soaring prices of good quality lamb, beef and pork – we predict a chicken renaissance this summer and the revival especially of good quality, free range chicken. Lucky for us, Eat.Art do a stack of gourmet spices to suit this trend, and Jerk Chicken Spice seems to be top of the pops at the moment.

3. GRAPEFRUIT!

Again, in celebration of vibrant colour and brilliant health benefits, this one is sure to find its way into many an ice cold cocktail as well as tossed into salads and squeezed over marinades. Eye candy in its every shape and form, grapefruit is one of my personal firm favourites!

4. SEAWEED!

Believe me, my husband and I have really tried (and tried) to jump on the sushi bandwagon…despite our best attempts I have taken comfort in enjoying smoked salmon with a drizzle of freshly squeezed lime and done away with the seaweed! Well, not for much longer it seems as seaweed is making a come-back in the form of crackers and crisps, which are not only low in fat, but boast a myriad of health benefits too. Hmmm, we might have to try just one more time!

5. DONUTS…

…are the new cupcakes! Oh yes, dip ’em, dunk ’em and drizzle ’em…step aside for the not so humble rumble of the donut this summer. Tempted?

6. MEZCAL!

Made from the same Agave plant as Tequila, this is smokier, sexier and best served as a shot over ice, sipped on slowly with feet still covered in sand and hair salty from the sea. Traditionally brewed in distilleries across Mexico – I dare this devil onto your shelf this summer!

7. KIMCHI!

I spent much time in the beloved East a few years ago, and I distinctly remember the smell of Kimchi as it fermented on the doorsteps of all Korean families. Popular to give as gifts, I sampled it on occasion…an acquired taste required, but not one that eludes me – surprisingly interesting and good with meat and potatoes! Another dare?

Pic-2---margarita-&-kimchi

Margarita & Kimchi

8. Apparently the biggest foodie obsession of the summer season is to be “SMOKING!”. That’s right, and anything from meat to fish, cauliflower to crème fraiche and ice-cream…this trend appears boundless and has the potential to produce some brilliant results.

Send us your “Smoking Ideas!”….

9. TAILORED COCKTAILS!

High-end bars and popular cocktail spots are apparently investing a bit into training up their top mixologists to be able to conjure up entirely personalised; and highly creative cocktails on the spot.

What is the most original cocktail you have had recently?

10. FAST FOOD!

Not the grossly unhealthy kind, but good quality favorites using seasonal, fresh, local produce to ‘gourmify’ this fare, including: burger sliders on artisanal buns served with smarty-pants sauces; and epicure hotdogs! It was even mentioned that one should try washing down the dog with champagne – now there’s an idea for you…

PICS COURTESY OF – http://www.womanandhome.com/galleries/recipes/35304/1/0/new-food-trends-2013

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Written for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner  – Magpie Creative

Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.

nancy@magpiecreative.co.za | http://www.magpiecreative.co.za  https://www.facebook.com/magpiecreativecapetown

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