This year we’ve seen a lot of interesting shifts in UK food trends, in particular when it comes to the nation’s favourite regional cuisines. We’ve put together a list of our favourites that we think you should be keeping an eye on, along with recipes so you can give them a try yourself!
Even before a starring role on last year’s Great British Bake Off, Portuguese recipes including the national custard tart and Pasteis de Nata have seen an increase in popularity. A trip to London might now see you tucking into the famous Bacalhau, a dish comprised of salted cod, sautéed onions, potato and egg, or Alheira De Caça, spicy sausage stuffed with garlic, bread and game meat. Our personal favourite has to be Arroz Doce, the traditional and delicious creamy rice pudding!
Tacos are trending in the UK this year, and in a big way. Thanks to a number of new restaurants dedicating themselves to the taco, this star Mexican dish is dominating social media feeds, from the traditional looking folded shell, to blow-torched mackerel, avocado and bottarga deconstructed tacos, or even a sweeter twist with chilli-chocolate and ice-cream tacos!
The British love affair with all things Mexican doesn’t stop there. Restaurants and street food vendors have been popping up all across the country, serving an array of vibrant, delicious tasting burritos, fajitas and quesadillas.
We’re certainly not complaining. In fact, we’ve put together our own tasty Mexican recipe for you to try with our Super Grains!
This year has seen the rise of a spice used traditionally in Indian culture and cooking. Turmeric, a key ingredient in curry powder, is becoming increasingly popular for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-chronic properties, and is also thought to help ease joint pain, osteoarthritis and Crohn’s Disease. So far we’ve seen the seasoning showing up in many interesting, delicious recipes; from traditional chicken curries to lattes, juices, and even ice cream!
The Hawaiian alternative to sushi, Poké, has taken London by storm. The dish, made up of cubed raw fish marinated in soy and sesame, served on rice, is a new must-eat snack that is on the rise with salad-lovers and food-fanatics.
This Hawaiian favourite has captured the hearts and tastebuds of foodies across the country with its fast-food style that doesn’t compromise on health or flavour. Fancy trying out this tasty dish for yourself? We have a Freestyle version for you that is super quick and easy! Poké is becoming increasingly popular across the country, we don’t think it will be long before there’s a restaurant on your high street.
Some of our regional food trends this year have shifted internally and more traditional English dishes are back at the top spot. There has been a resurgence in the desire for locally-sourced produce, personal vegetable gardens and recipes that incorporate these products. We expect you’ll be seeing many more pies, locally sourced fish dishes or traditional bangers and mash on the menu.
We’re sharing of our favourite recipe that you can create using locally-sourced ingredients.
While we won’t be waving goodbye to a classic Italian pizza or Chinese Kung Pao Chicken anytime soon, more authentic and hyper-regional dishes are starting to come to the forefront. Complex, intricate dishes, maximising the flavour of exotic ingredients and challenging your ideas of regional foods are now more readily available than ever before.
An example of this can be seen in London, where some restaurants this year have begun to focus on the more local regions of Italy, such as Venice, where the traditional cuisine is known mainly for rice and fish dishes from Risotto to Baccalà Mantecata. Others have taken Peruvian inspiration, serving up delicious traditional Lomo Saltado, a stir fry typically including beef steak, onions, tomatoes, fries and served with rice, and Pollo a la Brasa, also known as charcoal chicken.
For your very own taste of Venice, try our delicious Tilda-style risotto recipe:
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