Anything filled is yummy. Caramel-filled chocolates… yummy! Meat-filled pies… yummy! Soup-filled dumplings… soup-filled dumplings? Have you ever had soup dumplings?
Whether yes or no, soup dumplings are reaching a massive amount of popularity. For those not in the loop, soup dumplings, or xiao long bao as they are traditionally known, are a Chinese dish. A broth is mixed with fillings like minced pork or seafood, and gelatin. The soup is then placed into moulds in the fridge, where the soup solidifies. The soup is then wrapped in a soft dumpling dough, and then placed into a bamboo steamer. Once the dumpling is steamed, the soup inside returns to a liquid state. All you do when it arrives is pop the whole dumpling into your mouth, enjoying the goodness of the flavourful soup and the delicate dumpling skin (source).
It’s as good as gold, and the right colour, too; turmeric’s time has come, and the world is loving it. Claimed by some to be the “king of the spices” (source), turmeric has become the hot new super food to hit the scene. Popular sites like Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop have featured recipes for turmeric milk, and Whole Foods offers the antioxidant-rich root in latte-mixes, juices, hummus, and more (source).
What makes turmeric so special? Surprisingly, it’s not just its golden colour that has grabbed the attention of the world. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a natural anti-inflammatory, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from several ailments including arthritis, heart disease, chronic coughing, and Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin has also been shown in studies to reduce stomach pain, slow weight gain, and possibly prevent and help treat cancer (source) (source). However, those who suffer from gallbladder issues, bleeding disorders, iron deficiency, and those who are pregnant, are warned to stay away from curcumin (source).
Forget the subs and burrito bowls for lunch. The newest fast food trend is colourful and fresh… and it’s fun to say! Poke bowls (pronounced POH-kay) are a mixture of raw fish in a soya sauce and sesame oil marinade, garnished with ingredients like seaweed, tobiko (fish eggs), and fresh vegetables, served on top of rice or greens (source).
What makes this dish so great? Easy. People want to eat healthy, and are looking for new fast and delicious choices. Heavier than a salad and lighter than a burrito bowl, poke bowls’ combination of healthy and customizable ingredients leaves people feeling full without eating a heavy meal. Packed with protein and full of flavour, the “deconstructed sushi bowl” as it’s been called by Business Insider, is a clear trend that is crossing the globe (source).
Most people have experienced a time when they’ve been to a bar and not wanted a drink. Perhaps you are pregnant, or are taking medication. Maybe you’re trying to watch your figure, or just don’t want to drink. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it can be difficult when you go out with friends and head to the bar when everyone has a drink in hand and you don’t.
However, there’s no need to give up your social life! The time of the “mocktail” has arrived, which means no more asking for pop and juice while your friends have a glass of wine. Mocktails are non-alcoholic mixed drinks that are tastier and of more variety than the virgin drinks that have been offered in the past.
When planning your meals this year, prepare for plenty of purple on your plate. One of this year’s trending items is purple foods, noted for their vibrant colour and nutritional value.
Whole Foods Market identified purple foods as a top trend for 2017, saying: “richly-coloured purple foods are popping up everywhere: purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, açai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn, and cereal” (source). Prepare for seeing more than just purple cabbage on the shelves in grocery stores over the next few months.
Remember the excitement you felt when mom let you lick the cookie batter off the spoon? Feel you’re too old for that indulgence? Well, good news! Edible cookie dough is in, it’s delicious, and it’s all grown up.
This decadent treat is popping up in major cities like New York City and Toronto, featuring ingredients from chocolate chips to ingredients as daring as birthday cake with sprinkles and sweet tarts. This cookie dough isn’t quite like the stuff you had as a child; this stuff is safe to eat. Restaurants like Junked Food Co. in Toronto are making the cookie dough with pasteurized eggs and contaminant-free flour to reduce the chances of you getting sick (source).
Fermentation has been used in the cooking process for centuries, but is only recently getting the attention it deserves. While many of us do indulge in fermented foods like yogurt and sourdough bread on a regular basis, the options for fermented delights are growing with kimchi, ciders, and kombucha hitting shelves around the world.
Fermented foods can be made at home, and guides, starters, and cookbooks are available online for those who want to try it for themselves. Yogurt, for example, can be made easily with a starter and yogurt maker.