Back in December 2009 (which really does feel an age ago) I wrote a piece about what 2010 might bring for food and food lovers. So, should I give up the day job and take up with a crystal ball? Hmm, lets see…
* We’d all continue to rediscover the joy of homemade. Tick. But fairly safe bet I think. And even to back it for this year, as no sign of things getting imminently better. That said, according to Google trends, there were less searches on jam making last year than in 2009, perhaps suggesting we’re all properly set up now with equipment and into the swing of things.
* Not sure if politics is my thing, although we certainly got a change in government. My predicted swing to the right perhaps didn’t quite come off, and I’ve not noticed any great resurgence in nationalistic cooking. However, if we win the Ashes outright, then maybe we’ll see that happen. I did say I thought that nostalgia would reign big in food, and I think we’ve seen quite a lot of that, from traditional puds through to all the old fashioned sweets still going strong.
* An explosion in Turkish food. More like a damp squib I would say, but as food didn’t even feature in the official programme for Turkey’s year as European Capital of Culture then I guess I’m not really surprised. If it wasn’t important to them, it was hardly going to shake the world food scene. Shame, because I still think it’s a cuisine with an awful lot going for it. Which the citizens of Farnborough would seem to agree with, as they led the way in searches on Turkish food.
* I think growing your own salad probably did get a good look in, as we got quite a spell of sunshine, and there was continued featuring of the cost and conditions of bagged salad, not to mention a couple of e Coli cases linked to lettuce. Tomatoes appear to have been the most popular salad item to grow, which given their ease to grow even in small spaces is perhaps not great surprise. The fact that Nottingham leads the way in interest in the subject may be more of a surprise.
I’ve not done my Mystic Meg act yet for the year ahead, and I do wonder if much will change. Although there are two European capitals of culture this year: Turku in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia. I can imagine Finnish food having a moment (if only because it would allow me to buy the Moomins Cookbook) but Estonian? Not sure, will need some research as it’s a cuisine I know zero about. What do you think? Where’s food going this year and what will we all be worrying about?
Crystal ball shot by Richard Lamb Photography.