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TASTE’S FOOD EDITOR ABIGAIL DONNELLY SAYS THESE ARE THE TOP FOODIE TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR 2012
BROAD BEANS, EGGS AND SORRELL
Earmarked by Abigail Donnelly as the key ingredients for 2012, look out for this trendy trio – in all manner of inventive incarnations – on hip-chic menus everywhere.
Try Wafer crostini toasts topped with chive cheese, broad beans and soft-poached eggs. Scatter with sorrel to match the trend.
Already embraced by Birkenstock-shod food enthusiasts, chefs are increasingly stepping out in an effort to source edible roots 'n shoots from local surrounds.
LESS FINE, MORE FUN
Ditch the starched tablecloths … stuffy sitdown dos are so last season. Think mismatched crockery, paper napkins and the focus squarely on the food.
2012's culinary buzzword calls for casual tapas-style dining with patrons nibbling their way from one restaurant to the next.
Spain remains the king of tapas.
Forget finicky cupcakes and fussy macarons, these oh-so-dainty shell shaped petits-fours take the cake.
Here one minute, gone the next? Not so for these transient eateries, now truly established as the dining-option du jour and popping up in some of the most unlikely places.
This is really big in New York.
Line up those sterilised jars … Pickling, along with curing, brining and smoking, will experience an unprecedented revival this year.
Learn how to preserve all over again.
Whether it’s Italian, Taiwanese or good old South African, local is undisputedly lekker on global menus that celebrate regional culture and culinary heritage.
Vinophiles in the know have tagged heavy, wooded Chardonnays as très passé. Instead, light and lovely Chards that have never seen the inside of an oak barrel are preferred in the glass.
THE RISE (AND SHINE) OF BREAKFAST
Waffle sandwiches and Hollandaise sauce are coming out after dark as breakfast invades dinner menus everywhere in the new year.
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