What foods will be popular in 2014? We've rounded up the 23 ingredients, dishes and new ideas that we guarantee you'll be eating in the next 12 months
Fancy trying something new this year?
We’ve rounded up all the foods that we think are going to be big news in 2014. Remember how cupcakes came out of nowhere and now they’re everywhere? We think a few of these foods have the potential to become household favourites.
If you like experimenting in the kitchen, you’ll love looking at our round-up of the biggest food trends to look out for.
Fancy a cooking challenge? Save all 23 to your Recipe Book and see how many you can work your way through – it’ll be a very tasty 2014 in your house!
One of our favourite new trends to emerge in the last few months is making your own marshmallows. The Marshmallowists were among the first to realise the potential in the once-loved sweet treat, infusing the mixture with a range of different flavours. Delicious on their own as a treat or used to bring extra flavour and texture to your bakes and desserts, homemade marshmallows are the next big cooking challenge. Try the trend: Start with our
classic marshmallow recipe then start experimenting with flavours.
Prepare to be overwhelmed by Brazil in the first half of 2014. As The World Cup slowly starts to take over our screens, we expect Brazilian food to have its moment in the spotlight too. You may have started to see a few Brazilian restaurants pop up and you will notice that meat is high on the agenda. Maybe not a cuisine for vegetarians, Brazilian food will make watching all that football worthwhile.
Try the trend: Try our Brazilian beef stew recipe
The Meringue Girls have shown us the egg white and sugar creation is so much more than a topping for lemon pie. The crispy little bites are getting a makeover – new flavours, shapes (we love these little meringue kisses) and colours – the works! The basic method is actually quite easy to perfect so once you’ve got your basic meringues just right, you can start to experiment.
Try the trend: Get your meringues perfect with our how to make meringues guide
A big trend in the high-end restaurants, pickles are starting to gain popularity amongst us normal folk. The sharp flavours make a wonderful contrast to meats and fish and can be used on more dishes than you might think. Pickling your own vegetables is an old-fashioned cookery favourite that is making a welcome return – all you need is some jars and some vinegar!
Pies will be big news in 2014. The horsemeat scandal of 2013 has made people think twice about buying ready made meals and pies are top of that list. The new rustic style is the perfect way to show that you made the pie from scratch, and the open pastry gives a cheeky little glimpse of the gorgeous filling inside – not a horse in sight!
Try the trend: Update one of our sweet and savoury pie recipes with this new style
The new cupcakes? According to some people ice cream sandwiches are going to be THE next big thing – and we can see why! Super easy to put together (you can make your own biscuits if you want), essentially all you need to do is combine biscuits and ice cream. Beats hours in front of the oven! But will they replace the mighty cupcake? Only time will tell…
Try the trend: Make our chocolate and coconut ice cream sandwich recipe to see how easy it is.
Macaroni cheese is getting a revamp. No longer just the delicious comfort food choice on a cold day, its new function is a posh side dish – that’s right, macaroni cheese as a side! As American-style dining becomes even more popular this year, expect to see mac ‘n’ cheese take off in a big way. The simple cheese sauce is easy to give a posh twist – add ingredients such as chorizo, truffle oil or Dijon mustard to give your pasta bake a fancy spin.
Try the trend: Give our classic macaroni cheese recipe a spin
Mexican is a pretty established cuisine for dinner time but as we’ve gotten used to the flavours, expect it to creep into your lunches and breakfast times too. Huevos rancheros are Mexican-style breakfast eggs and are the perfect dish for a weekend family treat.
Try the trend: Make Mexican breakfast eggs this weekend
Last year saw the Cronut – a croissant/doughnut combination – take off in America and soon everyone was jumping on the hybrid food bandwagon. The Townie (tart and brownie), the Duffin (doughnut and muffin) soon followed – the possibilities are endless!
Try the trend: Why not make your own hybrid food? Take two of our baking recipes and mash them together!
We blame burritos for our love of wraps. The Mexican food is just so delicious – why can’t we have everything in a wrap? The sandwich option will soon be a major choice in your lunch box and can be used for your dinners too. These fish burger wraps are a fun treat for the family.
Try the trend: See all of our tasty wrap filling ideas
We think the bundt cake is going to have a long-awaited revival this year. Cooking a cake in a shaped tin is a new decorative trick and it can be made stylish by adding fresh fruits or flowers to the centre.
Try the trend: Get a bundt tin and make one of our easy cake recipes in it
The Great British Bake Off has well and truly put baking back on the map in the last few years and this year we expect a return to British classics such as scones, lemon drizzle cake and Victoria sponge.
Try the trend: See our 20 best British bakes
The rise in popularity of Vietnamese food has seen Pho become a staple soup recipe. The light, broth-style dish is packed full of nutrients and is surprisingly filling thanks to the noodles. The shops are starting to stock most of the ingredients you need for Vietnamese cooking so you should give this light soup a go.
Try the trend: Make up a batch of our Pho soup recipe
Baking experts are predicting a rise in buns – excuse the pun! As bakers search for the next baking challenge, cakes and cupcakes are taking a back seat to more complex bakes. Pastry buns with a custard filling are a little old school – but that’s why we love them!
Try the trend: Give our strawberry buns with custard recipe a go
The trend for gourmet burgers is going nowhere. As chain after chain of burger shops emerge, people are pushing the standard burger recipe even further. Different buns, toppings and meat choices are making the burger into one of the most popular choices for eating out. We’re loving the new trend for sliders – small bite-sized burgers!
Try the trend: Give one of our burger recipes a fancy twist
Your posh burgers and macaroni cheese can’t just be served with any old chips! The new trend may sound a little healthy but it’s not really! Strips of vegetables – most commonly courgette – are dunked in batter and deep fried to create a different texture to your normal fries. Asparagus and sweet potato are other favourites.
Try the trend: Start off with our courgette fries recipe, then experiment with your favourite veg
American cuisine is coming over thick and fast. The newest – and messiest – is buffalo wings. Essentially chicken wings covered in a rich, spicy sauce, the wings are made extra special with the blue cheese sauce side – spicy, rich and smooth, the perfect combination!
Try the trend: Make up a batch of our fiery buffalo wings
Britons love tea so it’s no surprise to see that tea is becoming a more common ingredient in cooking. With lots of lovely flavours of tea out there, it’s shame just to drink it! Tea adds a wonderful flavour to bakes and can give your desserts a lovely finish.
Try the trend: Experiment with tea in your baking with our classic tea loaf cake
Pan-Asian flavours are becoming more and more popular and you will start to see more exotic curries in your local shops. Fragrant and full of warming herbs and spices, homemade curries will ensure you pack the most flavour into your meals.
One for the hardcore cooks, homemade butter is becoming a big food trend. Shops like Lakeland are selling butter makers where you can add flavours and spices to give your butter extra zing, in just three minutes.
Try the trend: We think garlic or Stilton butter would be delicious melted onto a jacket potato or on a steak.
Couscous is now a common ingredient and we think the same could go for quinoa. The grain (pronounced keen-wa) is a lighter alternative to your usual carb and can be used to bulk out soups and salads. Give it a go!
Try the trend: Make one of our favourite quinoa recipes
Not to be confused with the thick dumplings served with stew, these little Asian parcels are set to be the new sushi. Packed with all different kinds of fillings, dumplings can be equally as satisfying for a main course as they are for a starter.
Try the trend: If you spot them on a menu at a restaurant – give them a go. Or better yet, try and make your own! The World Food Aisle in your supermarket should have most of the ingredients you will need. Try our pork dumplings recipe
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