The honest Autumn Food Trends 2015
- Feeding the Family
- Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:00
- Last Updated on 28 September 2015
- Monica Costa
- 0 Comments
For more cookery inspiration, check Great British Bake-Off contestant as well as successful cookbook writer and food blogger Holly Bell’s new book The Power Of Frozen.
Aimed at demonstrating the many benefits of cooking with frozen ingredients, The Power Of Frozen brings together Holly’s own recipes as well as plenty of tips for making the most of the domestic freezer.
Back in 1985, Mary Berry published Cooking From Your Freezer with Iceland but, as Holly points out, whilst some principles are the same, times and lifestyles have changed a lot in 30 years!
Frozen food is becoming a trend particularly among busy London Mums. It helps us all cook from scratch with healthy and nutritious ingredients at short notice every night. What’s more, cooking from the freezer means less food waste, something more and more of us are working hard towards.
Frozen food is not just economical and time saving but is often fresher than ‘fresh’ food. The fish is frozen at sea, rather than being frozen and then defrosted to sit on a fish counter. The vegetables are frozen after picking too, rather than sitting in warehouses and lorries, their nutritional quality deteriorating as they make their journey to our shopping baskets.
Soups are essential in my family diet during the Autumn and Winter months. This year’s trend is to strip the soups back to basics to allow the ingredients to be tasted as they deserve. Once again, Iceland is launching a mouth-watering frozen soup range that is made in Italy. Once the individual ingredients are frozen all the flavours are locked in at the peak of freshness to provide an amazing authentic taste. By freezing the soups there’s no need to be adding chemical additives.
My favourite soups are classic Tomato and Basil and Carrot and Cardamom. The ingredients for the Tomato and Basil soup are sourced directly from the Turin vegetable market – just a stone’s throw from where it’s produced. These will go from freezer to bowl in less than 12 minutes. Home made minestrone is of course the idea scenario and I certainly don’t want to replace it with frozen soups but these new products are certainly the next best thing to home cooking and perfect grab and go meal.
Mums are trendsetters! We won’t be eating insects any time soon! Bring on honest food onto our tables!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums