Do you long to be an avante-garde foodie? With a little research, you can bring cutting-edge food trends to your own kitchen. It’s a fun and healthy way to explore cooking at its very best. So, hang on while we explore some of the very latest in “foods du jure”:
Pickling and Fermentation
The first thing to learn is that pickling and fermenting are not the same thing. Pickling is preserving foods in an acidic medium, like vinegar. Not only is it simple, but you can be more creative than you ever imagined. By all means, start with pickles, but once you’ve mastered the basics here are a few other things you might want to consider:
Fermented foods are picked, of course, as well as fermented. It just happens all at the same time. You must have a starter, salt and filtered water to create an environment where fermentation is possible. When you leave the vegetables in the liquid, you will be creating a lactic acid that is very beneficial for digestion. Some of the most common vegetables to ferment are cabbage (Kimchi anyone?) but you can experiment with a whole range of other foods. Here’s a list to get you started:
- Beer (now that’s a fun food to explore)
Yes, I do mean ramen noodles, but we’re not talking about the kind that are ubiquitous throughout college dorms. We’re actually talking about Japanese style ramen that are fresh and very healthy. You’ll only need a few ingredients (flout, eggs, salt and water) and a little bit of time to wait as they rise. Once you’ve tried the real thing, you’ll see why they are a staple of nearly every Japanese kitchen.
Looking for a way to spice up dinner? How about a fish taco? They are different, tasty and a great way to introduce your family (especially your kids) to the taste of fish. You’ll need to spend some time breading and frying the fish. Once that’s done, just serve them up in a taco shell. Don’t forget to add a bit of pico de gallo and lime. Delicious.
No doubt you’ve heard of the latest fad: the cronut. Basically, a cronut is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut. For a foodie, it’s really just a bit of puff pastry magic (yes, you can make puff pastry). All you have to do is roll out a dough, fold it up and head on over to the stove to deep fry your masterpiece. After you cool it and drizzle it with icing, you’re finished. Voilà! You’re now a master of the latest dessert trend.
Homemade Hot Sauces
If you’re an aficionado of hot, then you’ve probably already thought about how you want to improve your favorite hot sauce. For enthusiasts, making a hot sauce is about developing your own signature flavor. Most cooks start with a basic recipe (habanero peppers, garlic, vinegar, tomatoes and spices) but then work on adjustments until they get the taste just right. A fresh hot sauce can really spice up your kitchen.
Eggs Outside of Breakfast
Eggs for dinner? Although this might seem like one of the latest food trends, the recipes have been around for ages. How about a soufflé? Or a frittata? Eggs are not only a wonderful source of protein, they are also versatile and elegant. Few things could be as easy or as lovely as an asparagus tart. And if you are searching for a quick mean, how about a salad with poached or hard boiled eggs? You might even want to make a family omelet: just do a quick search of your refrigerator for your freshest vegetables. Remember, when it comes to eggs, nearly anything will do!