The Insider: 2015 Food Trends with Western Living
The start of a new year is a great time to refresh old routines. When it comes to eating, some of us get stuck in the same habits, while others are constantly seeking new thrills. Whatever your mindset, The Insider is here with Western Living to bring fresh ideas to your table in 2015.
Western Living’s March issue is the most food-focussed of the year, turning the spotlight on new kitchen designs and selecting Foodies of the Year. (Read the shortlist of 40 movers and shakers online now and find the final Top 10 in the current issue.) In past years, it’s been pork belly, kale (surprise!), the rise of canning and homesteading, and the downfall of cupcakes. This year, Western Living scoured Canada, from Lake of the Woods to the beaches at Tofino, to track down a new crop of foodie prognostications that may turn out to be the next big thing. Here are 2015’s top five trends to begin salivating over.
1. Gourmet Fried Chicken The Southern staple gets a luxe makeover with premium ingredient and batter combinations that bring unique world cuisine into the mix.
2. Savory Yogurt The sickly sweet choices from the dairy aisle are replaced with a lighter take that pairs well with meaty main courses. Check out check Yottam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Plenty More, for tips on using kashk – fermented yogurt that develops an umami flavor similar to parmesan.
3. Dry-Aged Beef A longtime staple of the very best steakhouses, this year will see careful consumers getting in on a trend that maximizes beef’s taste as exposure to air concentrates flavor. Sure, you lose 20 percent of the weight of the original cut, but the results make it worth the time and expense.
4. Peruvian Cuisine Long overlooked, Peruvian food is being recognized as one of the mother cuisines of the globe, with its emphasis on tubers and long, slow braises. Look for new Peruvian restaurants (like Vancouver’s Chicha) along with Peruvian menu items at traditional spots.
5. Unloved Vegetables Workhorses like the turnip and fava beans will see some love from chefs who are tired of chasing what’s new in the vegetable world, and instead want to concentrate on what’s been great all along.
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