1. Potato milk
When I told friends about it recently, one of them said “you mean … vodka?” ”
No, I’m not talking about vodka, although I’m more satisfied with the idea of ââsplashing one or two of Russia’s best coffees in my cafe than jumping on the bandwagon of what’s said to be the biggest trend. vegan drinks of 2022.
Potato milk, made by a special process mixing and emulsifying potatoes with rapeseed oil, was developed in Sweden. I mean, is there something we are NOT turning into milk these days? For me, that’s a step too far, although I appreciate that it’s a greener option than almond (which uses a lot of water) or soy milk. I will leave it thank you. But if you feel the urge to try it, you can buy DUG Barista online from Amazon.
2. Dinner more suitable for dogs
Apparently around three million of us bought ‘pandemic pets’ during the height of the lockdown in 2020 – many of those poor furry friends then moved on to rescue centers. With more four-legged folk friends, the appetite for dog-friendly restaurants, from coffee shops to pubs and restaurants, has increased. More venues are expected to do their utmost to accommodate furry diners. East Anglia is full of dog-friendly places – search our websites and you’ll find several to get you started.
3. No more food delivery services – and ghost kitchens
The lockdown spawned a whole new generation of takeout businesses – and forced many restaurants to offer takeout options just to survive. Many of them have survived, and some restaurants have even built specially designed “ghost kitchens” to create meals for diners in their homes. You can get anything and everything from breakfast and afternoon tea to a five-course tasting menu delivered to your door.
4. More mushrooms
Flexitarianism continues to be a food buzzword. The idea that we should reduce our consumption of meat, fish and dairy products for part of the week, by building our diet largely around plant proteins and vegetables. Rich in glutamates (which help create an umami flavor), mushrooms of all types are expected to be used more in ready meals and restaurants than ever before in 2022. They are certainly versatile and bring a bold touch of flavor to dishes. From delicate enoki to fluffy strips of woodear, plump porcini mushrooms, lemony hen of the woods and good old field mushrooms – there’s bound to be one you like.
5. Luxury chocolates
During the 2020 and 2021 shutdowns, chefs on forced leave wondered what to do next. And whole swathes of them have turned to chocolate making – there are more artisanal chocolatiers than ever in the UK. Newbies in East Anglia include Lifetime of Chocolate, Cocoa Collective, Xocolat by Louis Beckett, and Salt and Sugar Art Chocolate.
6. Bottled cocktails
The drink option we never knew we needed – until lockdown. Some of us have built our own cocktail bars in 2020-21. Others will have enjoyed a new wave of bottled and canned cocktails, prepared by trained mixologists – often from bars that have been closed.
In East Anglia there are several choices, most with nationwide delivery.
Niche cocktails in cans were created before the pandemic, using premium spirits to bring creative touches to classic drinks. All of them are bar resistant (with the exception of the mocktails of course) and come with instructions for creating the perfect serve, from dishes to use to topping tips. The range includes a Brazilian lime margarita, an old-fashioned blood orange, a martinia mocha and a lemon and elderflower gin fizz.
Edmunds Cocktails has a box of six cocktails of your choice for Â£ 29.95. Choose from the tastes of Acai Berry Bramble, Lychee Martini, and Strawberry Daiquiri.
Norfolk’s Cocktail Canaries drinks arrive by the door in 50cl sachets, ready to be served. Wet your whistle with a salted caramel espresso martini, Jaffa Negroni cake, or old-fashioned honeycomb.
Essex-based Tappd Cocktails use real fruit, award-winning spirits, and ethical coffee to make their drinks, including an Espresso Martini, Pornstar Martini, Sex on the Beach, and Pina Colada.
And you can pick up ready-made cocktails from Tipsyjar in Redwell Street in Norwich, or have them delivered if you live in postcodes between NR1 and NR14. The jars hold two servings and come with premium toppings. They include a Clover Club, a Blood Orange Negroni, and an Old Fashioned Sherry Oak.
7. Espresso martinis
Speaking of cocktails. The popularity of this coffee-based concoction continues to increase – and it’s believed to be one of the most ordered mixed drinks you can put your mittens on, with several varieties. There are cold infusions, mocha, salted caramel, caramel and many more versions. It should be a strong, fragrant drink, rich in good coffee, with a smooth sweetness and a creamy top.
To make it at home (for two people), pour 100 ml of vodka, 50 ml of fresh espresso, 50 ml of coffee liqueur and 1 tablespoon of sugar syrup in a shaker with ice. Stir for 30 seconds and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a coffee bean. Try making it with local spirits – Wild Knight Vodka, or maybe Salted Caramel Vodka from the Suffolk Distillery.
8. The big breakfast
More of us work from home. Does that mean on-the-go cereal bar breakfasts are a thing of the past? Trend experts certainly think so. With no commute to go, homeworkers seemingly start their day the right way, with anything from a bowl of steaming porridge to good ol ‘bacon sarnie.
9. Comfort food
Don’t we all need a little comfort right now. Experts say so. The most searched recipes in 2021, as reported by Google, gave a reflection of our overall mood. No salad here. No. We were looking for pasta (mainly a Tiktok recipe for a pasta dish, all-in-one feta), tacos, Crockpot chicken, baked oats, and mashed potatoes. Mostly carbohydrates.
10. Sunflower seed products
Sunflower seeds will apparently have their time in 2022. These tiny seeds are powerhouses, with particularly beneficial levels of selenium and zinc. Watch out for an “explosion” of sunflower seed butters and snacks. You can already eat them in sweet and savory products made by Munchy Seeds of East Anglia – available at independent grocery stores and many Co-op stores in the East of England as well as online.
11. Low alcohol drinks
The beverage market is inundated with really interesting sodas and tonics – perfect on their own on ice. There are even alcohol-free bars popping up. I’m a huge fan of the Artisan Drinks tonics, which stand on their own with a drop of gin – their Agave Lemon Tonic and Barrell Smoked Cola are top notch.
12. Functional fizz
Drinks that are good for gut health are big news. From kefir to kombucha, expect to see more drinks of this variety in supermarkets by 2022. One of the finest kombuchas in the country is made in East Anglia by LA Brewery. The range includes tropical ginger and citrus hops – Sparkling English Rose kombucha is a great alcohol-free option for celebrations.
13. Tiki culture
There are already Tiki-inspired spirits on the market – Captain Morgan, for example, has launched a Tiki Mango & Pineapple rum. Look for crazy bar items, funky pineapple glasses, and experimental tropical spirit mixes coming in 2022.
14. Filipino food
There are already a few Filipino outlets in London, including great street food at Seven Dials Market, just off Covent Garden, and the cuisine is believed to gain popularity in 2022. Classic Filipino tastes include the dish Adobo’s national – a kind of sweet / strong stew, made with vinegar, soy, onion, sugar and garlic – their answer to peri-peri, and kare-kare, a type of stew, often made with oxtail, thickened with toasted ground rice and crushed peanuts.
15. Sustainable food and less waste
The need to be more sustainable and waste less continues to be a message we all need to hear. Plan your meals. Use your leftovers. Buy local. Choose meat, dairy, and fish in the most ethical way possible.