What’s trending – The food & drink keep an eye on in September
Taking sweetcorn up a notch Thanks to the rising tide of Mexican cuisine, sweetcorn is getting some serious love in the Capital. The popular Mexican street snack of elote is effectively chargrilled corn on the cob that’s slathered with things like sour cream, garlic, chilli powder and cheese. Recipes vary, and at Kerb’s Elote, you’ll find a version anointed with chipotle, queso fresco and fresh lime. Meanwhile, over at Casa Pastor, you’ll see toasted corn kernels that are mixed with mayonnaise, cojita cheese, jalapeno chillies and epazote.
Ayurveda It orginated in India over 3,000 years ago, so Ayurveda was touting ‘wellness’ long before it became a profitable new food category. This approach is more about when, what and how you eat, and Jasmine Hemsley has become a modern face for Ayurveda after publishing her new book East Meets West. Brands like Humble Warrior have taken a lead in this realm with tonics made from turmeric, tulsi and reishi.
Frozen food The frozen food market is estimated to be worth £8.6bn, and it’s only going to get bigger as healthier ready-meals begin to creep into the category. Deliciously Ella has got in on the action with a range that includes cauliflower & lentil dhal, as well as a sweet potato & black bean shepherd’s pie. Direct to consumer brand All Plants also boasts an extensive range of veggie and vegan ready-meals. Given its strong sustainability credentials and its nutrient-preserving powers, the frozen aisle is ripe for expansion.
This story appeared in the September issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.
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