Monday 27 February 2017

Discover Food & Drink: 6 trends for 2016

Brazilian flavours, home smoking and more red wine and coffee; these are just some of the things that you’ll be eating and drinking next year.

We’ve teamed up with Tassimo who invite their customers to ‘Discover a World of Variety’. Looking forward to 2016, discover the hot trends coming your way with these forecasted food and drink trends.

More wine

Good news for those who enjoy a touch of red, as more research points at the potential health benefits of a glass of red wine at dinner. The antioxidant properties in red wine are thought to increase levels of "good" cholesterol in the blood stream, reducing the risk of heart disease. Not only that but recent research has revealed that red wine can be beneficial to those with Type 2 diabetes.

Coffee may help you to live longer

Coffee lovers rejoice! Far from being bad for your health coffee can, according to new research, help you to live longer. Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, scientists found in a study of more than 200,000 people.

Apart from the now proven health benefits of drinking coffee throughout the day, there will be much more emphasis on flavour as coffee lovers become more educated on different coffee beans, estates, countries and roastings as people find the coffee they like as opposed to what’s available. Tassimo is leading here with a range of over 40 flavours of hot beverage, people can appreciate the nuances and uniqueness of different coffees.

The Tassimo Fidelia allows you to prepare coffee the way you like it with just the touch of button. Making it easier for you to enjoy those five cups per day. Try latte in the morning, espresso after lunch, Americano in the afternoon and decaf in the evening - so many ways to enjoy coffee to make sure you get your five a day.

Finger on the pulse

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2016 to be the ‘International Year of Pulses’. Why? Well lentils, chickpeas, beans and other pulse crops have been nourishing entire populations for thousands of years. They are nutritious, delicious, easy to grow, resistant to many strains of disease and they are also cheap. The promotion of pulse foods is part of a broader plan to combat obesity in developed nations and ‘The Year of the Pulses’ is hoped to increase consumption in people’s daily diet. Expect to see a lot more pulse foods on your supermarket shelves as lentils and beans become fashionable again. They are incredibly easy to prepare and versatile, so expect Indian cuisine with a twist.

Sprouted grains

Sprouted grains are set to leave the shelves of specialised health food stores and go fully mainstream. Under the right conditions grains (and ancient grains) will sprout, using some of the starch contained in the grain as fuel to begin the growing of very small shoots. Sprouted grains contain less starch and more nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals. The deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to a greater availability of vitamin C, folate, and minerals like iron. They also have lower gluten levels and three times the fibre. 2016 will see more people buy their own sprouters and initiate the process themselves.

Brazilian nosh

With the world focusing on Brazil in the lead up to the Olympics next year everything, including food, will take on a distinctive Brazilian flavour. There are some well-established Brazilian eateries in Dublin such as Sabor Brazil off Camden Street which is already Dublin’s top rated restaurant on Trip Advisor, but expect to see Brazilian restaurants popping up like mushrooms on a wet lawn in 2016. People will take Brazilian cuisine into the kitchen then and the Feijoada pork, sausage beans and rice plate that is considered Brazil’s national dish will be served up to families at home. As the weather clears and people start to fire up the coals in the garden, barbequed meat will take a spicy Brazilian flavour with marinades of hiclli, paprika and sweet chilli and plenty of pork ribs.

Start smoking

Home smoking is set to take off in 2016 and not just fish. Meat, vegetables and just about everything can get the smoking treatment. You can do it yourself easily by adding hardwood chips to a roasting tray, placing your meat or fish on a grill over it and then covering in tin foil. Place on your stove top or hob and cook on high. The kitchen will fill with wood smoke, so you might prefer to buy a home smoker. They are cheap and very effective. Get smoking.

Discover a world of variety with Tassimo – Tassimo is a market-leading hot beverage system that provides a variety of freshly prepared coffee shop style beverages at the touch of a button. Engineered by Bosch and finished in a glossy design, the Tassimo hot drinks system is a compact, elegant and stylish statement in any kitchen. With over 40+ options to choose from, Tassimo gives you a world of choice. Simple to use, simply insert the T-DISC into the compartment and let Tassimo read the barcode which carefully adjusts the brewing time, pressure and water temperature to produce the perfect hot drink, every time!

 

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