Kate covers a lot of ground for the New Year, with blogs about Hot Flavor Trends for 2009, What's Hot, What's Not in 2009, Six Ways to Shrink Your Cookprint, and A Green Monthly Planner for 2009, plus Winter Recipe suggestions.
by Kate Heyhoe
Click back to my 2008 Trends—Backing Up and Shifting into Forward, and What's Hot, What's Not—Did anything ring a bell in your life? Lots of predictions proved true, and still continue this year. But rats! I didn't predict the global economic meltdown.
This year, my predictions are as much wishful thinking as they are educated guesses. We're entering an era of history-changing events. What will it be like to have the first non-white family in the White House? A pair of brainiac parents with kids so seemingly well-adjusted, you hate to imagine what life in the Presidential bubble might do to them.
The economy has self-destructed. Things are not going to get better overnight, so suck it up, accept the challenges and adjust your expectations. We may never in our lifetimes see the same level of conspicuous consumption (a good thing, actually, from a global warming perspective), but we can still make lemonade from lemons.
We can also make salads with flaxseed oil and plum vinegar, marinades with hibiscus, and ice cream with lavender essence—all part of my Trend Predictions for 2009.
We'll be seeing more adventuresome combinations in 2009. Traditional chicken with tarragon will be brightened with kumquats. Cayenne and red chiles will spike up everything from desserts to cocktails to fish.
Fruits: Yuzu, tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit, acai, pomegranate, cherries. You'll see some in juice form and others as dried fruits, in savory and sweet dishes.
Chocolates: Fair trade dark chocolates continue their rapid rise, especially with sea salt and pomegranate additions.
Spices: Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cloves, Aleppo pepper, and warm blends like India's garam masala will travel cross-culturally.
Herbs and Florals: Exotic mints (apple, chocolate and other varieties), hibiscus, lavender, rosemary. Again, in savory, sweet and even cocktail recipes.
Vinegars and Oils: Infused vinegars and oils will shine with citrus (like blood orange), plum, and berry flavors. Balsamic vinegar will still be used, but not with the same sparkle, and white balsamic will move forward. Look for more flaxseed oil in salads, and avocado and toasted nut oils in all types of dishes.
The "ins" and "outs" of the year ahead...
|What's Hot||What's Not|
|Green products at competitive prices||Greenwashed products|
|Positive can-do thinking||Denial|
|Eco-Melding: economical and eco-friendly||Eco-Thrashing: overpriced and polluting|
|Green Patriots||Exxon, Fred Singer|
|CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture)||CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations)|
|Probiotics with live cultures||"Probiotics" without live cultures|
|Ceramic nonstick cookware||Teflon|
|Glass storage containers and cookware||Plastic storage containers|
|Crockpots, rice cookers, handheld blenders||Salad shooters and frivolous appliances|
|Citizen activism||Cashing in|
|Made or grown in the USA||Made or grown in China|
|Brown bagging, with re-usable lunchbags||Lunches in disposable containers|
|Capturing water at the sink||Sending good water down the drain|
|Green as a mainstream way of life||Living like there's no tomorrow|
|Quinoa and other grains||Meat|
|Agave nectar and molasses||Corn syrup|
|Reusing everything||Conspicuous consumption|
|Local and domestic||Trucked in and imported|
|Green Collar Jobs||Outsourcing|
Chill out. Hard times can lead to stress, but they can also illuminate the best in us, like compassion and empathy—not just from yourself, but from others. People will understand if you can't afford that over the top birthday or Christmas present. This year, my resolutions come with a proactive tint of green compassion.
Adopt one new green habit once a month, and keep it going all year long.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world," said Mahatma Ghandi. Even if the journey starts with baby steps, walk forward. Both Obama and McCain ran on platforms of "change." If change is what you really want, take ownership: start making changes at home and in your own life.
Copyright © 2009, Kate Heyhoe. All rights reserved.
This page modified January 2009
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