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4 Food Trends

Food is just like fashion and interior design, trends come and go, but what is 'hot' and not in the burn your mouth kind of way this month. . .

1. Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are such a versatile fruit to be enjoyed hot or cold. Here are some interesting facts about one of our favourite fruits. . . Until the 18th century, the tomato was more often called the love-apple. We eat 6oz (160gm) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. Over 650 million bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup are sold around the world each year, with annual sales of more than £1billion.Simple delicious

Simple delicious tomato sauce

1 Heat the olive oil in a medium size pot over medium heat. 2 Add garlic and saute for a minute. 3 Add fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper. 4 Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. 5 Simmer for 10-15 minutes. 6 Either chill in the fridge or place in the freezer for another day.

 2.Gnocchi

Gnocchi are small Italian dumplings usually made from potato, flour (traditionally buckwheat flour) and egg then shaped into small ovals with a ridged pattern on one side. Gnocchi are often poached and then cooked au gratin (with breadcrumbs and grated cheese) in the oven.

Gnocchi and tomato bake

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 400g can chopped tomatoes 500g pack gnocchi Handful of basil leaves torn A 125g ball of mozzarella, torn into chunks 1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onion and pepper for 5 mins. Stir in the garlic, fry for 1 min. 2. Tip in the tomatoes and gnocchi, then bring to a simmer. Bubble for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi is soft and the sauce has thickened. Season, stir through the basil, then transfer to a large ovenproof dish. Scatter with the mozzarella, then grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

3.Orange wine

Orange wine is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t referring to a wine made with oranges. To make an orange wine you take white grapes, mash them up and put them in a vessel (often in large cement or ceramic vessels). Then, they are typically left alone from 4 days to sometimes over a year with the skins and seeds still attached. Orange winemaking is typically a very natural making process that uses little to no additives sometimes, not even yeast. Orange wines taste different than regular white wines and have sour taste and nuttiness from oxidation. They have been described as robust and bold with honeyed aromas of hazelnut, brazil nut, bruised apple, wood varnish, linseed oil, juniper, sourdough and dried orange rind. Why not give it a go!  

4. Camel milk

Camel milk has been used for centuries as a natural remedy in the Middle East, Asian and North African cultures. Nomads and Bedouins rely on its nutritional and medicinal properties. It has enough nutrients to sustain a person through the day. In many countries, camel milk is given to babies suffering from malnutrition. Camel milk has a high vitamin and mineral content and immunoglobin content. It is three times higher in vitamin C than cow's milk and 10 times higher in iron.It tastes like milk with a slight salty taste. You can buy the milk online and may find in some supermarkets. Be aware however, there are roughly 12,000 cows for every single camel in Europe which is reflected in the price so hold your glass carefully with both hands!