Just for a bit of fun, I thought I’d list the top food trends of the moment:
- Coconut products – coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut yoghurt. Did you know you could even get coconut vinegar and coconut sugar?
- Fermented foods – are sell outs at our local markets, but I’m starting to see it pop up in the popular press with recipes for people to try making them at home.
- Bacon wrapped foods – including plaited bacon covering roasts and eggs wrapped in bacon ‘muffins’.
- Whole roasted cauliflower
- Grass-fed meat – because it is healthier for you and healthier for the animals. It’s starting to appear in the major supermarkets.
- Drinking out of glass jars and old-fashioned milk bottles. Now selling in Kmart.
- Boutique coffee roasters
- Sugar-free diet. Lead by Sarah Wilson and her I Quit Sugar books.
- The paleo diet.
- Watercress is the new kale. Recently topping a super foods list.
Ghee and lard, intermittent fasting and making your own alternate milks just missed out. I’ve also noticed pineapple motifs are becoming popular.
What food trends have you noticed recently?
Photo by Jan
Here’s a list of the top 49 essential cookbooks as voted for on Food52.com are as follows in order of most votes:
What is on your list of essential cookbooks?
After much debate with my husband, we have come up with this list of our top ten food experiences to have in Brisbane:
- Award winning Very chocolate gelato from Sugo Mi Gelateria.
- Fat Pho Noodles at Fat Noodle
- Sustainable fish and chips from Swampdog.
- Coffee at Cup Cafe
- Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from Vespa Pizza
- Romantic dinner for two at Montrachet
- A slice of cake from the Welsh Lady
- Three course celebration lunch at Aria Restaurant
- A takeaway wrap from Cafe Wrapture
- A selection of chocolates from Mayfield Chocolates
What are your favourite eating experiences in Brisbane?
We were interested in keeping bees, so I decided to do a little research. We attended an “Introduction to Natural Beekeeping” course by Tim Auld from All You Can Eat Gardens. It was great to see a top bar bee hive in action.
Natural beekeeping is based on the principles:
- Interference in the natural lives of the bees is kept to a minimum
- Nothing is put into the hive that is known to be, or likely to be harmful either to the bees, to us or to the wider environment and nothing is taken out that the bees cannot afford to lose.
- The bees know what they are doing: our job is to listen to them and provide the optimum conditions for their well-being.
He recommends the following books:
You will need the following equipment:
- Hive tool
- Protective clothing
- Extractors – expensive, but can be hired when you need the honey
Tim Auld sells top bar bee hives.
You can buy these altogether as a package to save some money. Suggested suppliers include:
In Queensland, you need to register your hive with the Department of Primary Industries. You are only allowed 2 hives per 1000m2.
Books and resources
Did you ever put a carrot top in a dish of water as a child?
Next time you have carrots, leave about a cm of the top (crown) and place this in a sauce of water. Keep the water topped up to about a 1cm. The carrot top will regrow green leaves in about 3 to 6 weeks and you can eat these. You’ll be able to cut the leaves several times before the plant will be ‘exhausted’. Add the feathery leaves to salads or use as a garnish. They are full of minerals and taste similar to parsley.
Carrots are a biennial root, which means you could plant the carrot top in some soil and you may be able to grow a second taproot. The carrot may even flower in 6 to 8 weeks.
See also Hunkin’s cool illustration of this carrot experiment.